“You do not have to show something to anyone anymore,” Fichtner says of exercising in her sixties. “You do not have to show that you are a badass. It is targeted on feeling good in who you might be.”
“The wonder that comes with age is we all know what’s proper. We all know what feels good within the physique.” —Liz Fichtner
At present, her exercise routine consists of strolling, lifting weights, dancing, doing yoga, or partaking in a wide range of actions that may assist her keep match and cell far into the long run. However she additionally bears her limits in thoughts.
“I am being true to myself and the place I am at and being comfortable within the stage that I am at,” Fichtner says. “I do issues that [make me] really feel happy with myself, and I can nonetheless extract confidence in who I’m and nonetheless turning into.”
Attempt Fichtner’s pre-walking exercise to place your greatest foot ahead:
A 64-year-old coach’s train suggestions for seniors
Fichtner would not assume any particular actions or targets needs to be universally off limits for anyone simply because they’re of a sure age. “As a result of there are folks which might be wonderful that also are doing actually excessive plyometric field jumps at this age,” she factors out.
Nonetheless, the fact of ageing does imply joints are more sensitive, there’s a tendency towards lower muscle mass and bone density, and that the organic elements that contribute to steadiness (reminiscent of imaginative and prescient and the vestibular system) start to decline. So whenever you’re exercising in your sixties and beyond, you should proceed with a bit extra warning and care than you may need in prior a long time. Largely, Fichtner simply thinks that targets have to be extra individually tailor-made to strengthen your weaknesses, keep away from irritating any accidents, and assist construct up reasonably than break down your physique.
“The wonder that comes with age is we all know what’s proper,” she says. “We all know what feels good within the physique. You simply have to concentrate to it extra.”
What she personally would not do anymore
Right here’s how Fichtner approaches her personal health routine, and the issues she’s stopped doing as a 64-year-old coach.
1. Specializing in only one health modality
As a former aggressive bodybuilder and Tae Kwon Do athlete, Fichtner used to coach intensely in these two modalities. However as of late, she sees health as a extra holistic pursuit to maintain her physique wholesome. Which means she does a wide range of actions that supply totally different advantages.
“Particularly as you are older, you should assume comprehensively,” Fichtner says. She does energy coaching to take care of muscle and bone density; yoga to assist with mobility, steadiness, and psychological well being; and cardio to maintain her metabolism burning.
Right here, Fichtner shares a few of her favourite morning mobility strikes:
2. Leaping into one thing too shortly
Doing one thing difficult like lifting heavy weights doesn’t need to be a no-go for seniors. However beginning initially, and making certain you may have good type, are paramount whenever you attempt any new sort of train.
“Begin mild, actually specializing in the shape and the way your physique feels, after which progressing as soon as you’ll be able to,” Fichtner says. By starting conservatively, you can monitor your enhancements and keep away from harm. “Even at our age, we nonetheless prefer to have that feeling of getting higher,” says Fichtner.
3. Spacing out
As we become old, it solely turns into much more important to maintain our thoughts targeted whereas we’re understanding in an effort to keep away from harm. For instance, Fichtner practices good form while walking to ensure she’s partaking the proper muscle tissue and avoiding falls.
Mindfulness significantly comes into play when she’s working on her balance skills. Not solely does it require focus to remain upright whenever you’re, say, balancing on one leg. However Fichtner says that each constructing balance-supporting muscle tissue and being attentive to the place your physique is in area (throughout any exercise) are essential.
“All it takes is one individual to name your title when you’re balancing, and if you do not have the energy round your ankles or above your knees or in your core, you are going to fall after which you are going to break your hip, after which the place will you be?” Fichtner says. “Particularly as I become old, that is one of many issues the place I prefer to mark my progress and really feel actually good about the place I’m—with my steadiness and steadiness work.”
4. Evaluating your self to others (and previous selves)
Health in your sixties is all about assembly your self the place you might be at that second, says Fichtner. Which means not attempting to do an exercise simply because another person on the gymnasium is doing it, or as a result of it was one thing you had been in a position to do final 12 months, final month, or final week.
“What I do not do anymore is let my ego in,” Fichtner says. “I like the saying that ‘comparability is a thief of pleasure,’ and so do not evaluate your self to who you had been. Do not evaluate to anyone else your age doing seemingly ‘higher.’ Simply do not evaluate.”
As a substitute, take inventory of your achievements, your resolve, and your energy. “Do not restrict your self to your age,” Fichtner says. “You continue to have to be a badass in your personal proper.”