Tall and elegant, LiliAnn doesn’t look her age. Yet when LiliAnn and I started working together she was exhibiting symptoms of sarcopenia – the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass quality, and strength associated with aging. She was also beginning to struggle with her balance. Balance is not just a problem for the old, but instead tends to start declining in midlife.
Soon after we began working together, LiliAnn’s family gave her riding lessons as a gift for her upcoming 60th birthday. Riding was a passion of LiliAnn’s years ago. Knowing she would need to build up her leg and core strength as well as her balance before getting back on a horse, we began training individually 3 x a week.
I challenged her each session with new balance exercises and a variety of leg strengthening and other functional movements. LiliAnn immediately took to the exercises and trained with great dedication and large doses of contagious humor.
Within a matter of weeks, LiliAnn’s strength and balance improved dramatically. By the time she took her first riding lesson, LiliAnn’s core was strong and she had no problems keeping steady on her horse. Today, she continues to ride and has become the most fit of her life. LiliAnn, who was never an athlete, has become the fittest and strongest of all of my clients.
So how does LiliAnn’s story relate to you? LiliAnn had never thought of herself as athletic and did not have a sports background yet has become exceptionally fit. It’s not where you start that determines your success. It’s your dedication to the task. Also, if you make it a priority to get functionally strong in your fifties and sixties you will be able to enjoy all the activities you love throughout your life.
Don’t miss the chance to exercise with a true knowledgeable professional. I see great improvement in my balance and working hard on improving endurance. Megan is upbeat and skillful.