At 60 years old, I have a passion for exercise and movement that continues to exhilarate. It’s actually what inspired me to start The Fine Line. I feel strongly about the importance of fitness, especially as we age. I believe it’s what keeps us young and vibrant, and I wanted to share a few videos with you, in the hopes that they will inspire you to consider strength training.
The video above highlights core work. A strong core (generally from your collarbones to your knees) is important for maintaining balance and preventing injuries. Strong core muscles properly support your spine and make you less prone to getting hurt during sports — or just lifting a heavy bag of groceries! My trainer tells me that if I can’t do anything else, I should hold a plank for five minutes. There’s real magic in the plank.
My leg and glute video focuses on squats and lunges. I like working my glutes and legs because I want a firm booty and toned legs — I really like to look good in jeans! But I also work them because strong glutes and legs protect my lower back, hips, and knees. Plus, deep squats strengthen the pelvic floor, which can help with a really nasty side effect of aging: incontinence.
Even a beginner can add arm exercises to her daily exercise program. You have to start somewhere! Don’t be intimidated by my push-ups in this video. They weren’t always easy for me. I started with modified push-ups — on my knees — until I built enough strength to move to a push-up on my toes. I gradually built up from one to a full set.
That’s really how most fitness journeys go: one step at a time.
My personal journey with fitness has been an interesting one. I have always been a fitness enthusiast, but the form that has taken has evolved over the years from obsessive running to yoga to strength training. And I feel healthier, stronger, and fitter today than I did even in my 30s.
It was interesting to watch my body shape change as I moved through my 50s. And now that I am 60, my skin, my stomach, my legs, you name it, it’s all changing. But that has only encouraged me to challenge myself with strength training. By incorporating body-weight and free-weight training into my exercise routine, I have been able to target the areas of my body that have changed the most. Like my thighs. Oh, yes, they changed! When the skin above my knees became looser, it freaked me out! And then there are my arms: Keeping that loose skin from getting even looser is an ongoing project!
What I am trying to tell you is this: Body-weight and free-weight exercises work! Not only do they build muscle, which is so important as we age, but they also improve skin tone. (Cutting down on sugar and processed foods helps, too.)
The bonus of all of this is the energy and confidence that can come from working out. For me, age is not a reason to change one thing about fitness or movement. In fact, it’s been a reason to go at it even harder.