Raising the bar
Weightlifting in old age
It may not be how you intended to spend older age, but there it is; a study by researchers at the University of Dublin has shown conclusively that older people benefit from resistance training to strengthen their muscles. They have concluded GPs should prescribe it to avoid frailty, which affects half of people above 80. Twenty to 25 minutes of activity, four days a week at home, with an emphasis on a high-protein diet, is ideal.
Dorian Jones, who runs the London-based Marigold Fitness classes, may be the country’s foremost senior-trainer. The 42-year-old is a certified boxing coach, a level three personal trainer and used to be on the basketball team for the police force, but he developed a passion for working with older people. Most of his clients are in their 70s or 80s. A handful are in their 90s. “I had a woman who was 102, and she unfortunately passed. But she looked amazing!”
Assuming a base fitness level of being able to get up, sit down and get to the kitchen, here is the best way to start. Zoe Williams