You will recall a while back we asked Simon Roll, a qualified personal trainer with a degree in Sports Science, to give us some insight into his thoughts on exercise and fitness for seniors.
Simon is passionate about ensuring our lifestyle doesn't cause our health to deteriorate as we make significant changes once we enter retirement. For many it is a time to do what they want, as opposed to what they need to do – they can finally kick back and enjoy life at a different pace – often faster rather than slower! But in order to keep up with that pace, we need to make sure that we maintain our fitness as much as possible – after all, if you don't use it, you lose it, and I can attest to that. A few years ago, I started to succumb to osteoarthritis, and like many I did entirely the wrong thing – I became less active as my joints became progressively crunchier. I knew I was making things worse, but I didn't really know what to do – I couldn't keep up with a fitness class, and I didn't feel safe walking outside on my own. Plus the fact that, as walking was relatively high impact, my knees really felt it. I started to do less and less.
I really wish I had known about Simons video back then, and I am really relieved I am aware of it now – it's like the answer to my prayers! Here, at last, is a fitness plan that I can do from the comfort of my own home, without having to move loads of furniture (which is never going to happen!) and which I can do at my own pace. And, what's more, I can do it seated! My poor knees won't take the hammering they were taking!
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This DVD is excellent for those of us who are either immobile now, or who are still mobile but might suffer from joint pain, and I would hasten to add you don't have to be a senior to benefit! My daughter, who has back and joint problems, tested this video with me and was impressed. Simon manages to keep up a steady pace that certainly gets you out of puff, and gets you to exercise a good range of muscles (at least, that's how it felt)!
The were a couple of elements that weren't to my personal taste – some of the music used wasn't really my thing, but Simon is obviously tailoring his plan to a wide range of people and so you ain't gonna please all of the people all of the time! But what I did enjoy was the way he talks to you – it's not patronising, it's not that horrible schmaltzy fake enthusiasm that certain fitness DVDs from across the pond use and what's more important is that he is sending a very positive message. If we want to make the most of our retirement, and do all the things we have been waiting to do, we need to keep as fit as possible. This DVD can help that happen, and if you feel your fitness has already deteriorated then it's a great place to start reversing the trend and get you going again!
Visit www.aliveandactive.co.uk for more information and to order a copy of the DVD