Most chronic illnesses and limitations associated with age have nothing to do with aging but rather inactivity. Research shows that we can make significant changes to our physical movement and function for better performing bodies no matter the age. Our unique concepts and methods are designed so that our "health span" matches the duration of our "life span." Our goal is for our clients to remain healthy and to perform better physically so that they can continue to enjoy travelling, skiing, golf and other important activities.
Training Differently/Training for Better Movement
Whether you are a baby boomer or the parent of a baby boomer, the way you exercise now will strongly effect the way you move in the years to come. The way we are currently exercising may be causing more harm to ageing well than helping.
As we age we lose around 1.5% of our strength per year after the age of 50. More alarming, we lose twice that, around 3% of our power or our ability to move quickly every year after the age of 50. It is the loss of power and quickness that effects our ability to climb stairs, move quickly to get out of the way of something when needed, the ability to stand up from a chair or to simply recover from a stumble to prevent falling. Our bodies are made of both slow twitch muscle fiber and fast twitch muscle fiber. Slow twitch muscle fiber allows us to go long distance, such as running a marathon. Fast twitch muscle fiber allow us to move quickly, such as a sprinter running 100 meters at full speed.
When we finish high school (with the exception of a few that compete in college and pros) we become slow-twitch exercisers around the age of 20. Exercising like this in our 40's and beyond is not helping us move better as we continue to age, in fact, we are inhibiting our ability to move quickly. Perhaps a huge contributor to our slower movement patterns as we age has little to do with the aging process but our inability to use our fast twitch muscles.
Not only do we need to learn to move quickly but we need to restore our joints to function as they were designed.
Joint mobility is the active pursuit of joint health through movement. It is generally accepted that as we age, the cartilage in our joints degrades, as does our ability to move them in a full range of motion and with ease. This may not have to be the case, or perhaps like the inability to move quickly as mentioned above, age is not the culprit but in-activity. As we age, we tend to slow down for a variety of reasons and as a society we are becoming more sedentary.
Physiologically, the joints in our bodies are aligned with cartilage. Healthy cartilage has a waxy looking substance that protects the joints and allows for shock absorption during activity. Because cartilage does not have its own blood supply, the body secretes a fluid called Synovial Fluid, which carries oxygen and nutrients to the cartilage and lubricates the joints. As we get older, the joints acquire more toxins which can lead to degenerative joint disease processes and other joint dysfunction.
Movement stimulates the release of Synovial Fluid and it is movement that keeps the cartilage surfaces free of contaminants. At Age Performance we appropriately work your joints so that you establish a better range of motion to help you move better through life.