Getting to the gym and building a level of fitness can seem more difficult in your 60s and above, but Britain’s oldest personal trainer is encouraging people of all ages to get back in the gym.
Eddy Diget, 73, who is Britain’s oldest personal trainer and trains at DW Fitness First, believes that you should be fitter than ever before as you enter your older years.
Appearing on ITV’s Tonight series at 7:30pm tonight, he set up an OAP Bootcamp for those who are elderly or physically less able.
He said: “I believe that the older you are, the more physically active you should be than ever before – to maintain the rest of your life!
“In your 50s or 60s and you finally have the time to prioritise staying healthy to enjoy all your later years.”
He added: “I’m 73 and I was doing 350 kilo leg presses yesterday.
“I’ve always said I want people to look at me in a coffin one day and say ‘he looks too good as a corpse!’”
Eddy’s inspirational message is that exercise is for everyone, no matter what your age is or whether you are suffering from a health condition.
“Ninety percent of the time, older people believe there is no reason to exercise. They listen to friends – or even professionals – who advise they can’t do this or that and often they end up doing nothing.
“I train people with who are partially sighted, have spinal bifida and cancer.
While exercise does not cure illness – in many cases – it can effectively help to manage symptoms.”
So how do you keep fit as you get older? Eddy has outlined two moves to help you get back in the gym.
Fitness moves for over 60s
1 Sit on a chair, position a broom across your lap, bend forward sliding the broom’s handle over your knees to your ankles. Sit up and repeat.
2 Lean against a wall holding a broom handle at shoulder height, turn to the right and then the left, ensuring you are turning your head in the direction of movement. Return to centre and repeat.
He has also provided three tips for those over 60 wanting to return to looking after their bodies.
Fitness tips for getting back into the gym
Live your life instead of sitting down and thinking about living it
Find something you enjoy. Whether that’s swimming, canoeing or mountaineering!
Listen to your body, if you find it’s too much, simply back off. When first starting out, remember you are a baby learning to crawl, not to walk.
Lastly, Eddy outlined the universal benefits of exercise for people of all ages.
He said: “From improvement of blood flow to creating a stronger immune and slowing the ageing process, the benefits of exercise are plenty – and importantly, exercise just makes you want to get up in the morning!”