A Common Misconception
"People who are older will not have the energy to always go to the gym!" Ahmad (Not his real name) exclaimed.
The other day I had an interesting discussion with someone I know who is older than me by 10 years+. Both of us disagreed with each other's opinions and it got heated to the point that we almost blurted swear words on LinkedIn. Luckily, we held back.
My point was simple: As we grow older it will be more crucial for us to do strength training as we will lose muscle mass up to 3-5% every decade and when we lose muscle mass, we tend to get to health problems and joint injuries easily.
This fact might seem shocking for some people as they would relate strength training as an activity that can only happen in the gym and they have this mindset that the gym is certainly not for fragile old people.
I admit that it is my fault for reacting to his opinion without understanding his perspective first.
I should have explained the different ways of strength training which does not necessarily have to be at "A" gym.
Thus, as a coach and a fitness enthusiast, we have a part to play in the way we communicate to influence a positive outlook on fitness throughout old age.
When we use the wrong words, which could make people think we do not understand their situation, people will be less likely to adopt a healthy lifestyle at all.
The point is, strength training can be executed anywhere you are, and with just your bodyweight or simple tools.
Zaid Omar is the founder and writer of this blog.. He is someone who values being the best version of himself with regards to his Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual aspects.