Training For Boomers
Whats the best training for boomers . High Intensity Training (HIT) is an extremely popular style of exercise. But is it for all ages?
Many think of HIT as a training method most appropriate for younger generations. But with life expectancies getting longer and an increased interest from the aging population in maintaining a high quality of life and health, it’s important to discuss how HIT can figure into older people’s fitness regimes as well.
Here, we’ll discuss training for those in the aging yet still vibrant Boomer population, including how HIT and The New You Challenge can figure into their fitness goals.
Who are “Boomers”?
“Boomers” is short for Baby Boomers. Different researchers will assign different dates to the “Boomer” generation. However, it’s generally a phrase used to describe a demographic of people who were born between the early 1940s and the early 1960s.
Baby Boomers have been among the most active, wealthy, and physically fit generation in recent memory. With an appreciation for quality of life, it’s no surprise that as they begin to age, Boomers want to retain good health and have a deep interest in health and nutrition.
What is HIT?
Before we get into training for Boomers and exercise, let’s take a moment to discuss what HIT is. Once again, HIT stands for “High Intensity Training”. In a nutshell, High Intensity Training is a style of exercise wherein you exert a high level of effort in relatively brief periods of time. It often focuses on resistance exercises. Basically, it entails high energy bursts or “sprints” of exercise as opposed to low/moderate yet longer workouts.
Benefits of HIT
There are many benefits to taking on a High Intensity Training program. Perhaps one of the biggest drivers of results is that it boosts your calorie-burning potential. Yes, you burn a lot of calories during the workout, but the intense exertion also kicks your body’s metabolism into gear. Basically, you’ll continue burning more calories and fat in the hours after HIT, to a much higher degree than you would if going for a slow jog or doing low impact aerobics.
But that’s far from the only benefit of HIT. Increased cardiovascular health, weight loss, and improved metabolism are just a few more of the benefits of this type of exercise. And let’s not forget: it’s also time efficient, so you don’t have to be a slave to the gym or your exercise routine.
Can Boomers do HIT?
The short answer is YES!
Unfortunately, many Boomers falsely believe that HIT is only for the younger set. Perhaps it’s the word “Intensity” in the name that scares them off, or maybe it’s the fact that it has a reputation for being a more youthful style of exercise.
However, the idea that HIT is not for the older population is bogus. In fact, Boomers can be one of the populations who can enjoy some of the most benefits from HIT! The key to success is that they have to approach exercise in a way that is appropriate for their body.
HIT: the Training for Boomers approach
There are distinct differences between the body of a Baby Boomer and a 20-something. But this doesn’t mean that older people can’t take on a program like The New You Challenge, which focuses on high intensity exercise. It simply means that exercises must be modified and adapted to your body type. Here are some important things to keep in mind if you are older and want to try this type of training:
Be honest about your current fitness level. You really won’t gain anything from jumping into exercise at a level that is inappropriate for you. At best you’ll get frustrated; at worst, you could really hurt yourself. Work with a trainer and be honest about your current strengths and weaknesses.
Adapt to your body type. If working with an individual who is part of the Boomer demographic, I might adapt exercises in ways that make them more appropriate and accessible to their body type. I’d determine what the individual’s pace was, and then work with them to find a volume that was appropriate.
Don’t compete. Yes, your workout might be less intense than the workout that your average 28 or 32-year old might be doing. However, it’s important to scale workouts to the individual. Not only does this help you maintain motivation, but it allows you to work toward their fitness goals at a rate appropriate for you. It also means you are less likely to hurt yourself! While challenging yourself is important, it’s also vital to meet yourself where you’re at and work at your own pace.
Be patient. If you’re out of shape, you didn’t get that way overnight. This also means you’re not going to become physically fit in just a few days. Allow yourself to progress and become stronger over time. Being part of the challenge is meant to help you stay motivated!
The New You Challenge was created as a means of helping individuals live their best lives by meeting their fitness goals in an inclusive group setting. As a challenge participant, you’ll receive instructor led workouts 3 times per week, as well as a custom nutrition plan and an app to track your progress. If you’re a Boomer and want to get fit, this program can absolutely be adapted to suit your lifestyle!
Are you ready to take charge of your health?