doogles » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:12 pm wrote:Thank you for the favourable comments Lomax and Braininvat.
I'd like to add a comment that age should not be a factor in having a 'go'.
I'm NOT a gym junky. I didn't commence going to the gym till I was 65 when my osteoarthritic knees prevented me from walking around the block any more.
When I was 75, the gym put a records list on the board and I had to ask one of the trainers what the 'ab-hover' was. (They've changed the name to 'plank' since then)
I did 10 minutes after a 2-weeks work-up and that remained the gym record till they took the board down for renovations after 3 years. A new board was put up a year later and all records were removed. So I had to come out of retirement (from planking) at 79, at which time I did 14 minutes after a 3-week work-up.
The plank is not a part of my 3-hour, once a week, gym session. Yesterday's effort was only my 7th stint ever. It was a 9-week work-up.
But the point I would like to make is that aging could be an advantage for those older people who work out. As we age our intervertebral discs tend to shrink and we lose height. I've shrunk vertically from 5 feet 9 inches in my prime to about 5'4" now. Yet I would have retained ALL of my core muscle. You will appreciate that we expand outwards like a contracted-accordion as we age. This is referred to as middle-age spread. Although our height shrinks, our internal soft tissues don't. So if you work out, your core muscles become bulkier over a shorter length - which is an advantage in an exercise like the plank. Hence the advantage of shrinking with age - if you work out.
Does that make sense?
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