Whenever I need to begin or do something new to me, I find a source to provide me with either the education necessary or the service necessary for that something.
Were I looking to start a fitness program, I would hire a fitness professional to help me. I pay someone to help me with my website. I pay someone to do my taxes. I go to the dentist regularly for my oral health. The doctor for regular check ups and when I become ill. Why wouldn’t I hire someone for my fitness.
Hire a fitness professional and do it right, right from the start.
So u hopefully understand the balance I will try to present…
one of my ace student’s is a woman of mature years (age range understood). She is the biggest challenge I have to keep programming progressive when able but consistently challenging.
Currently 124 lbs. she flips a tractor tire almost bigger than herself consistently for time and distance. That being said to offer some contrast to my main point:
If u are instructing or just inquisitive:
1. inspire to/live and stop watching life pass
– I have a poster w/a pic of a female doin some challenging exercise, caption says somthin like:
its a shame how many woman grow old without ever realizing their full potential
2. If u are experiencing/instructing 1/w any of the normal effects of aging as a woman or otherwise, learn/teach physical recognition. Learn/instruct better personal awareness @ exercise/activity. This will open many options or validate more simplistic methods of physical conditioning/activity.
3. Use the surrounding environment where you live. Search the area 4 fun/fitness/wellness activities. Incorporate them into frequent trail bike rides (not mountain), trail walks (some hills if walking unassisted), swimming if available. Belly dance classes or whatever that dance thing is now…just be active consistently.
From here I say know self…don’t get all gully & go rowing on an actual body of water or participate in some extreme event (ex. marathoner) and injure or subject self to discomfort from overwhelming self.
If instructing & the student is willing & able, offer them challenges not hampered by personal adversity to “negative possibility,” but support them with professional responsibility and watchful guidance.
If u are 1 just asking look @ the suggestions made here & I would venture to say anywhere else and view them as limitations being set on you. As a mature female u may not decide to move as fast as, but im moving…may have to modify motions @ 1st, but im doin…
Set a standard 4 self, consider others & evaluate SELF based on personal perception. Do not chose self perceived weaker candidates. You will be amazed in age ranges of 5-10 years forward/backward. Choose @ the top in ur range.
I know younger woman that appreciate mature girlfriends. If u can handle the convo & keep up or challenge (not always a tempo thing)them u will be off to a good start.
Art is pairing or group conditioning… 4real…
Have worked with many clients 50 and older, one thing I would avoid at the outset is getting comfortable referring to this population as “older,” lest you do it in their presence! I’m mentioning this because you used the description twice in your brief question, although I do recognize you may not be using it at all with her.
I also recognize the scientific literature and mainstream media often refers to this age group as “older,” but I can assure you most of them do not think of themselves this way and don’t appreciate the reference. I received a great tip from a client recently who said he prefers to hear the information in the context of his specific age group, rather than with a label attached – for example, saying “when people are in their 50s, it’s a good idea to pay attention to ÔÇÿx, y or z.’”
Beyond that I think others here have provided good advice. Although there are certain common physiological changes to be aware of at different ages, there is no single regimen that is appropriate for an entire age group. Each client should be assessed individually with regard to his or her health & injury history as well as baseline strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, balance and biomechanics. You need this information and an understanding of its implications in order to proceed safely and effectively.