The Survival of the Fittest. Never has that phrase had such resonance in my lifetime.
The viral pandemic which is slowly gathering pace globally, is showing itself to be readily transmitted but, thankfully relatively mild, as long as you are young, fit and your immune system is strong enough to fight it. I have been planning for some weeks to create a piece with my personal trainer, Lindsay Burrows, about the importance of fitness as we get older, not realising just how apposite the timing would be. For nearly 4 years Lindsay has chipped away at my profound resistance to any and all forms of physical activity with great patience and good humour. Working with her has changed my mind, my body and my life. Scarily, in this pandemic it might even save my life.
I had long associated exercise with a kind of grunting effort and sweating a lot. Lindsay has shown me that it can also be about grace, fluidity of movement and a feeling of power and confidence.
Here is Lindsay’s account of some of the challenges of working with an older exercise refusenik like me and her tips on getting the best from any exercise that you engage with.
“Exercise. The very word at one time would have made me run for cover. My memories of overly-competitive school sports are not the best, made worse by the dreadful uniform. Fast forward a few decades and I still sometimes have to pinch myself to think that I own and run a health and wellbeing business, in which ‘exercise’ plays an important role.
What changed? I blame Jane Fonda in the first instance. With the advent of aerobics when exercise was put to music, it suddenly became such fun for me. It encouraged me to try other things and in the process, I found activities I enjoyed. All of them were a long way from the freezing cold hockey pitches and muddy cross country courses. The biggest revelation though, was its impact on my state of mind. I found myself uplifted and positive. After an exercise session, I was ready to take on everything that life threw at me. I knew I wanted to share the powerful lessons I had learned.
One of my main motivations in starting Me Spot was to help women over 50 to look and feel their very best, to encourage them to believe in and value themselves, and to support them to live their best life. Exercise is a powerful tool in all those areas but not if the legacy of school PE gets in the way. Challenging our mindset and addressing our pre-conceptions is key. There is no question that the most exciting things lie beyond the comfort zone.
So it was when I met Tricia, incredibly, almost 4 years ago. Tricia’s inspirational Look Fabulous Forever story is well-documented. Her achievements are exceptional. She has broken through barriers, challenged stereotypes and is the best example of what is possible irrespective of age. Yet, by her own admission, exercise was her nemesis.
Her logical brain recognised that exercise was the magic pill. She knew that it could ward off most of the major illnesses, help prevent injuries and falls, relieve aches and pains, boost energy and confidence levels, not to mention the ‘aesthetic’ benefits. In short it could help dramatically improve and extend the quality of her life.
Her emotional brain was still struggling to make it happen.
Reframing exercise in this context as opposed to the usual ‘bulging biceps and 6 pack abs’ way the exercise industry presents itself, is the first important step towards turning exercise into a positive experience rather than a negative one. Looking at the images on websites and reading the language that is used will give you a very good idea of whether a trainer, class or gym is right for you. Feeling comfortable and having trust is critical, as is the knowledge and experience of working with ‘older’ women (by which I actually mean anyone not in their 20’s as this is all most gyms seems to understand). Motivations are different and bodies do change. That is not to say that many of the changes cannot be reversed (also super exciting!) but adaptations need to be made along the way.
Tricia tasked me with improving her balance so she could prevent falls, building her strength so she could get up and down easily (including getting out of her lovely low-slung sports car), developing her posture and, more particularly, eliminating the rounded upper back, and working towards greater cardiovascular fitness…so she can dance with her grandson Patrick when he is 30 and she is 90!
This is a very different set of priorities, focused on enhancing quality of life, maintaining independence, warding off disease and quite simply extending life. How uplifting that, exercise, when properly targeted, can deliver on all this and more.
Not having exercised for most of her adult life, at 68, Tricia and I were starting from scratch.
Unsurprisingly, she was stiff in lots of areas and so we modified the exercises to suit what she could do and built them up gradually. She had never had to pay much attention to the positioning of her body (known as proprioception) and found it challenging to put the cues I was giving into action. Most of the exercises were new to her and took time to execute well. Probably the biggest challenge of all was overcoming the mind. As far as Tricia was concerned, she hated exercise but it was a necessary evil. I had to get creative and find ways to motivate her – they generally involved providing her with markers on when it was going to end!!!
It wasn’t long before things started to change. Tricia’s arms became more toned and she announced to me one day that she had been out in a sleeveless t-shirt while on holiday. Her back became much flatter. Her shoulders released, allowing her to do zips up more easily without having to ask for help. She tripped badly when she was out shopping but managed to stop herself falling. She sprinted up the stairs with a suitcase in hand to catch a train without even thinking about it. When I read in one of her recent blogs (because obviously she would never admit it to me!) that these days she ‘almost’ looks forward to our sessions, I knew I had cracked it!!
Tricia’s exercise journey is a world away from school PE. It has required commitment and determination as well as an ability to break through mental barriers: often even more challenging than physical ones.
What she has achieved is not only inspirational, it is life-changing.
Way beyond the planks (did I mention she can now hold one for a minute?!), squats and the bicep curls, she is giving herself the gift of health, happiness and longevity. What could possibly be more important?”
Lindsay’s Tips for Getting the Best from Exercise
Make sure you warm up and cool down/stretch properly each time you exercise. This will take longer to make sure the body is properly prepared for the activity ahead and to avoid injury.
If you find an exercise difficult or it causes discomfort, don’t push on through. Listen to your body and don’t be afraid to stop.
Choose teachers who are ready to adapt where necessary and offer you alternative options. Teachers who are experienced with older people will know that there are common areas that can be restrictive eg stiff shoulders when trying to do an overhead tricep extension, or tightness in the front of the thigh preventing you from holding your foot when trying to do a standing stretch.
Look out for teachers who focus on technique and good form. I have been in classes personally where I have not heard a single teaching point.
Ideally in every case (but this is more challenging in a group exercise situation), the instructor should do a proper assessment of your current abilities and fitness levels right at the start and plan session accordingly, increasing the challenge very gradually.
If you are working one to one, make sure the trainer understands your motivations and is prepared to create bespoke sessions to meet your brief.
Most important of all, choose something you enjoy. That way you’ll stick at it and reap the benefits!
I do hope that Lindsay’s account of working with me and her tips have inspired you to think about your own level of fitness and how you might improve it. I know that some of you will think ‘it’s ok for her but I can’t afford a personal trainer’. I acknowledge that it’s a choice not open to everyone but it really is the only way I can commit to include regular structured exercise into my busy schedule. The dates are in the diary and they are sacrosanct. I also try to walk everywhere and for two years I have used a small foldable exercise bike for 30 minutes at least 3-4 times a week. This neat little pink bike is on sale at Argos for £79.99 and it’s worth it’s weight in gold because I can have a great aerobic workout even when it’s cold, dark and raining cats and dogs. Do share your exercise experience with us, especially if you have had a similar ‘profound resistance’ to overcome like me. And in these scary and challenging times do look after yourself and keep washing those hands!
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<p>Would you like to show a couple of exercises you do , like a lot of your lovely ladies who cannot afford a personal trainer sharing your routine with one or two must do exercises it would be much appreciated as all your makeup tutorials are</p>
I cannot afford a personal trainer, so I bought a book called You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren. He has wisely numbered each exercise in the book 1 to 4, one being the easiest. So I went through the book and wrote down for me each number one exercise. Now I am doing those every other day and walking on our country lot the alternate days. I am very happy I discovered this book when I was 70.
I have a selection of exercise DVD’s collected over the years sitting in a cupboard. Varying degrees of difficulty and energy required depending on when I bought them. Now I am older the Rosemary Conley ones seem to fit the bill so I shall be dusting them off and having a go.
I agree that some exercise is good for you. I am 75 years old and regularly go Scottish Country Dancing. I would recommend it. You can go alone and don't need a partner to go with. You will meet people and in most areas there are beginners classes, so you don't need to have done any before, you just need a pair of flat shoes or trainers to begin. Classes can be found on the RSCDS website. After I turned sixty I found the speed of modern tennis and a knee injury made it difficult for me to play, so I took up croquet. I am still playing it at a local club and play competitively. You hit the ball with a mallet, so no bending down and you have both feet on the ground all the time. In a club near me there is a gentleman who took up playing croquet at 86 and is now still playing at 95.
Enjoyed your isolation blog , admire your determination ,envy your strictness re the mints , yes money does make a difference , but agree there are many other ways to exercise , it is definitely many ways to help fitness,
An inspirational article. Unfortunately with all the closures at the moment, the only exercise I can commit to is golf and walking, accompanied by stretching at home. Hope to get into some weights which I can do at home also.
Such a good blog - much enjoyed reading your love/hate for exercise and memories of school PE. Though I do a regular Pilates class - sadly now cancelled because of the virus I thought the exercise bike was a great idea and picked one up yesterday - the next model up - rather than the pink one but it still folds away. Thank you Tricia!
Love your blogs. This one really made me want to make the effort as like you I have always disliked exercise! Coronavirus has obviously put this on hold but as soon I can I am going to make the effort. However, my tip is YouTube where there are plenty of exercise videos to suit everyone. Look forward to receiving your videos. Hearing so many stories of organisations trying to keep us motivated and sane at this difficult time. My local choir is even trying to organise Skyping to keep us all singing! Many thanks for all you and your colleagues are doing at this worrying time. Hmg
I too had an antipathy towards sports at school. One of the best things about finishing at school was disposing of my tenis racquet. More recently I backed away from gyms and 'exercise' trainers. However, all my life I have enjoyed dancing. Recently I have returned to my first love of ballet. Yes at 71. There are now many classes for those over 55 who wish they'd had a go at ballet earlier and also for those wanting, like me, to return to ballet. Some are run under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Dance and called Silver Swans. Well my hair qualifies me for the silver but .....
My teacher is knowledgeable about the muscles being used and how they can help prevent specific problems like tripping, falling, balance and of course, the mental stimulation of co-ordination and recall. We have lots of fun and recently have started meeting up to see the streamings from the Bolshoi in a local cinema (think this activity may come to a halt for a while) - and our teacher even simplifies some corp de ballet snippets from the classics for us. Exercise doesn't always mean sport or gyms.
Replying to my own comment!? - what a clot I am! - for some bizarre reason said my running club is 7 Hills Striders, it's ' 7 Hills Harriers!' Apologies, Tricia, for taking up more space! - but thought I should note it on the offchance someone wanted to look it up!
After trying for a while I found a personal trainer and have been having weekly sessions for about 6 months. She is in her fifties herself and comes to me so I don't have to go to a gym. It costs £37 which I think is very reasonable and not as expensive as people think - it's an investment in my health. I do another session myself with music on as I can now remember some of the exercises! I can't say I look forward to any of it but I know I need it.(I want to start swimming again but my local pool is rather run down and I have walking and a bus journey to get to it). I'm 67 & have chronic conditions but I'm not in the high risk group. If forced to avoid other people I'm lucky enough to have fields a minute away where I can at least get out to do some walking.
Tricia, I cannot believe you took time to reply with that helpful information. What a STAR! Thank you!
Just look what you have achieved for us all this week.
Hope I can collect it from Sainsburys on Tuesday before I am in compulsory lockdown!
I started last year on what we have here in South Australia called Strength for Life an exercise program for the over 50, mainly through the YMCA gyms. They do an assessment first with a sports physiotherapist to go through which exercises and machines suit and also there is someone to supervise and take stretches and balance. Its been great and i like you Tricia don't like exercise but i know it is good for me. It is not expensive as the YMCA are subsidized by the Government only about $12 a week and you can go as many times as you like either to classes or just use the gym.
Love your articles.
Well doen Di! I suspect that today Argos will have seen an uptick in demand for the pink Opti bike and will have no idea why... Some tips from me. The bike measures the time, distance, speed, calories used and heart rate (which isn't very accurate as it depends on the 'touch pads' on the handle bars). You can also increase resistance so that it gets more challenging.
I start on the easiest level of endurance for 5 minutes and initially I would also start quite slowly too - just a really gentle warm up. I now do a full 30 minutes each session and increase resistance every 5 minutes by a couple of turns on the dial. I am amazed at how much harder I can now work on the bike - but this has built slowly over 2 years! There is NO RUSH! If you commit to 3 - 4 sessions minimum every week and slowly increase the demand your fitness levels will start to climb. When I have finished (very warm and usually glad to do so!) I do two leg stretches. Hamstring stretches - backs of legs and front thigh stretches by holding your foot behind you and pulling backwards.
Two further tips - have the bike in sight all the time (mine is at the end of my dining table in my sitting room) rather than shoved away in a spare room (it folds really easily to put away if you have guests). This will prompt you to actually use it regularly. And occupy your mind while you are on it. I watch Pointless (appropriately for an exercise bike) or Tipping Point or The Chase which really helps the time to go by! I am an 'owl' so I wake up as the day goes on - I couldn't face exercising first thing! Hope all that helps. Triciax
I am so sorry to have offended you so deeply. I wrote this blog at the beginning of the week and things have changed apace since then. Last night I did worry that the pun on the word 'fittest' meaning those who take exercise in order to be fit would come across as callous and uncaring. What is happening is serious and potentially devastating, especially to our generation. Self or enforced isolation is going to require us all to develop new strategies one of which will include how to keep active and mobile at home. My little bike is going to get a lot of use. Triciax
Hi and congratulations. Can you let me know how you do Pilates at home? I have a personal session twice a week (which I love) but am really struggling to motivate myself in between. Do you do it to a video or online session or are you just doing the same studio moves at home by yourself? Your insight would be really helpful. Thanks
Another excellent blog. Like you Tricia, I hated anything to do with PE while I was at school. Now in my 70’s I have always tried to stay reasonably fit and do pilates regular but as you say this decision might be taken out of our hands if we are to self isolate. Hence I will hopefully be able to continue to do pilates at home, but is the motivation going to be there? - watch this space.
Thanks for this Trish. Could not have come at a better time. It looks like wevare going to be one of the 70+ households quarantined for at least 3 months. I was wondering what to do to fill thd time, apart from sitting reading, watching TV, internet, a bit of housework. Now I know! I am gling to get an exercise bike, dig out my keep fit DVDs and spend time getting stronger and healthier while I have the chance. Luckily I am still mobile and have no health issues but I am a little overweight.
I can't believe you came up with such a title at a time when people are dying in the hundreds every day and the whole world is scared! I find that title appalling and offensive.
Shame on you.
Guess what? It's people over sixty who are dying most, and being fit like you or me (yes, I do a lot of exercise and don't need your "inspiration") is far from guaranteeing that it "will save your life".
I am unsubscribing from this blog and never want to hear from you again.
I too hated PE at school, but when my children were little a couple of friends asked if I would like to join them at a keep fit class one evening a week, and since then one way or another I have always (with some lapses) done some form of exercise. My daughter at one point became a Rosemary Conley instructor, I took the money as the ladies came in, and then joined in the class. Sometime later she became the manager of a new gym in our village, so of course 'Mum' was made a member, and 22 years later I am still a member. My daughter is long gone, she now lives at the other end of the country. and is an Occupational Therapist, but I am so glad I stayed a member. I only go once a week now, but I am absolutely sure it is keeping me supple, fit, and everything from going south. I have tried Zumba, too fast for me, so next pilates, which was better, but I still preferred the gym. I go on my own, I go on the Cross trainer, and then the weight machines, and then home, I am in about 45 mins, not a long time, enough for me, it makes me feel good, and I know it has done me good, and I will carry on as long as I can.
I too have found not only physical improvement with some exercise, but also mental “calming“. Many years ago I had serious back problems and discovered Pilates video tapes, which I still use. I live in Italy and would find classes daunting.
The best physical and mental therapy, combined with the Pilates, however has been my horse, that I bought 7 years ago at age 66. I was recently involved in a road accident resulting in serious injuries, again physio therapeutic exercise, and the determination to ride my extremely kind and understanding horse got me through the darkest days, and being able to return to, and work through my Pilates tapes, again, was a landmark. My next aim is to go for a country walk.
Fantastic article. Just like you I hated PE at school but luckily in my 20’s I realised that it was up to me to stay fit. I found I loved dancing and walking. The walking is free and puts you in nature. You also meet the most fantastic people and can engage with strangers and your community. I took up tap dancing and now do Zumba Gold which I walk the 2 miles to. My car only comes out for work 3 days a week. Otherwise I walk everywhere. I am 55 now and count my blessings for the decision I made in my 20’s to put aside my phobia of exercise. Now I LOVE it.
I have done many forms of exercise over the years, varying according to age and where I was living; horse-riding, cycling everywhere when I didn't have a car, tennis, hockey, yoga, pilates and the gym, which I find unsatisfying and lacking stimulation. Walking by the sea is wonderful for an overall sense of well-being but doesn't provide an all over workout. My latest (for over two years) form of aerobic exercise, which is fantastic fun, is KTroo. Age honestly is not a barrier and the feel good factor amazing. This is a series of dance routines to music on "bouncing" boots, protecting the joints and leaving no aches and pains the following day. This coupled with newly adopted Tai Chi is working for me. Happy days. :-)
From Carol Hilditch
Hi Helen - if you click directly on the link "Argos for 79.99"that Tricia has put in her blog it should take you directly to that page. Failing that, it is called Opti Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike - Pink 606/7724. Hope that helps. Carol
Tried to comment earlier but it doesn’t seem to have worked. Just want to say I too have had the pleasure of working with Lindsay and I can only reiterate what you both say here, and say ‘Bravo’ to you both! I am in self isolation at present with symptoms and just beginning to feel well enough for some gentle movement!
I wish you Fitness instructor would decide to come to live in Tasmania, she sounds fantastic. I like you detest excersise, mainly because I'm impatient If I don't see results immediatly then it's not for me! But I badly need excersise my new partner is 12 years younger than I and has spent all his life in the USA army so you can imagine how fit he is If I'm to keep up with him then I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do something!? Tell her she needs a holiday she can stay with me! Cheers Margaret.
What a great read. I think if we’re honest most of us have attitudes like you had Tricia, me included. I’m still like that although I attend a Pilates class once a week and go to a Bollywood Dance class also once a week. The latter sometimes coincides with something else and although I enjoy it whilst there I don’t mind missing it (wrong attitude I know) as it’s hard work at the end of the day. It’s fast and is a true workout for body and brain as we attempt to co-ordinate both arms and legs.
Having had an excercise bike many years ago, which eventually was sold for lack of use, I haven’t thought about another one.........until now. As it looks like we’re going to be virtually housebound in the very near future due to the pandemic, I’ve decided to order the black version of the one you recommended. My husband will also use it. Thanks for the recommendation.
I suspect this decision might be taken out of our hands very shortly with enforced quarantining for those of us over 70. We are now in a completely different scenario, even to when I wrote this week's piece. Everything is moving on apace. I intend to write something next week about the impact on us all of self isolating - which is something that I am already doing to be honest - although symptom free. These are extraordinary times. Tricia
I am reluctant to do exercise as well due to school P E. I hated it, would have rather been inside reading. I'm better now in as much I walk a lot, cycle and do Pilates at home 2 to 3 times a week, my husband has an x box and you can download a Pilates app, the choices , lots of them. I think its helping but I'd still rather be reading!
I was inspired by one of Tricia earlier blogs about getting into exercise later in life. I’ve joined a joint programme at a local gym a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Both the exercise and the social side making a whole group of new friends. The difference it’s made is incredible. I’d never been into a gym before let alone exercised. I’ve even been brave enough to try some personal training sessions. But now I’m worried about going due to the virus. Do you still think it’s a good idea even if we take wash our hands and use sanitiser?
I fully agree.I have been attending a gym circuit class three times a week and an aquarobic class once a week since I retired having been too busy to do anything except aweekly yoga class before.I now feel well and stronger than I probably would have been without them.
However unfortunately due to the current situation and my age ,82, I reluctantly think that I must plan to exercise at home for the time being.
As you say if you are physically able you can start very gently and build up some strength.
Yes, I also came to exercise late. But discovered by chance at 30, fat and frumpy, that I enjoyed swimming, and was strong.
.... then somewhat later at 62, went to a Couch to 5 k introduction to running class, with England Athletics' club Strideout, in Sheffield. Loved it, am still running, 66 tomorrow, with Sheffield's newest women only running club, 7 Hills Striders. I would recommend giving running a go, with a good women only club, if one's health permits it. I have discovered so many amazing women running, from total beginner, to fast keenies .... It's empowering, fun, and nurturing ... and does fab things to one's shape!
How timely was your blog about your personal trainer/exercise experiences! I am lying in bed wondering, if we over 70s have to self isolate whether or not we are healthy, what exercises can I do at home to retain an element of fitness!
I am 76 years old, healthy, active and living life. Like you, I cannot bear the thought of a sweaty gym full of nubile, attractive young women who emphasise my poor body image!
I walk, rush around doing voluntary work but do recognise that my body needs more specific professional help!
However, it must be rather difficult to find a personal trainer who works specifically for, and with, older women in areas of the country.
So, I thought, "oh yes, a pink foldable exercise bike would be a start" so went online but so many bikes appeared and I am not sure, at all, which one you are recommending. Are you able to give me the make of the bike? Rather like a personal trainer, it is good to have a recommendation!
I follow your blogs with interest but remain make up free apart from mascara and maybe a blob of eyeshadow!!
Thank you Tricia!
I take my granddaughter to Ballet, Modern and Tap classes and my grandson has just started tap class as well . The teacher said she was doing adult ballet classes so I joined. Last did ballet when I was 13 now 65 so a bit of a gap. I love it. My feet are much better and I can balance a lot more. So every Monday I do a 1 hour ballet class. I am the oldest but it is for everyone. It makes you think as our teacher does different dances to the same music. Also music is up to date and it is a great time and we have a giggle as well! Just do something you enjoy and you will stick at it. I am now doing the barre work nearly every day as the music is on you tube. I also find that I can walk the dogs for longer and my knee has stopped hurting as I am doing more stretches.
I must have found your blog helpful as I have just ordered a pink bicycle. Anything that helps a positive attitude is a good thing as a lot of us can put off regular exercise so easily, because of time or other excuses.Thank you for the prod!
It was good to read about Tricia’s exercise regime. Exercise and a balanced diet have to be the two most important parts of any retired person’s life. I am very fortunate to have a gym/pool just up the road from where I live and for the past nine months I have been on a fitness regime. I go six days a week, alternating three to the gym and three in the pool. We have a professional trainer who is full time at the gym and ready with advice to help anyone who is struggling. Regular assessments are available for members which help a great deal. Like Tricia I use weights, I also run on the treadmill and use the bike. I swim 40 lengths on swim mornings. I have lost 2.5 stones during these nine months and feel both mentally and physically fit. I use LFF make up and skincare and definitely don’t feel my age! I celebrated my 80th birthday earlier this month
Pink bike purchased! I’ve been vegetating today bemoaning the terrible weather and wishing I’d done more yesterday. I am a yoga devotee but needed something more than this and digging the allotment -especially in poor weather. Thank you for the positive ‘shuv’ Tricia. X
My daughters tell me there are some good videos on youtube for pilates and yoga. These might be helpful to follow if you have already been going to pilates classes, As they will hopefully remind you of the exercises and how to do them safely. I tend to find on weeks that i don't go to class i cant remember the correct flow of each exercise, so if we have to stay home for a while these videos may help.
I’m currently trying to think of ways to ensure getting regular exercise each day if its not possible to go out. Realise its different for everyone, but currently have decided upon walking/marching round my small garden a number of times each day, building it up each day. Also going up and down my stairs on a regular basis / praps not suitable for all but I’m going to give it a go Take care everyone and lets look out for each other.
Hi Caroline, I use the Xbox and view thru the tv. Its an app called Pilates and it has lots of different studios with different trainers, you can do anything from 5 minutes to an hours session. I like the efit range especially a lady called Elizabeth Wilson. I have a mat and just follow the instructions. I think you can also find them on YouTube.
Another way of doing Pilates at home is to buy a DVD and play that thru your tv.
Hope this helps.
Another excellent blog Tricia. I learned the hard way about the importance of exercise and had a heart attack at 64. I was shocked into improving my health through good healthy food and exercise. I went to cardiac rehab and am still doing it twice a week four years on and will for as long as I’m able. I’m my pre-children weight and have toned muscles. Win, win.
This article upset me a little . I am 75 and would love to be able to do some form of exercise but I have chronic back problems. I walk every day through terrible pain to the extent that I wonder if I am doing more harm than good .If any of your readers have any suggestions I would be happy to try them .
Oh my goodness, Tricai! Look what you have made/encouraged me to do! I have just bought that pink bike. I see on checking the instruction booklet that as an energetic but unfit 78 year old, I am off the scale on the Exercise Intensity chart. Not to worry....... The worst bit will be disciplining myself to warm up and cool down - what a waste of time - NOT!
THANKS for a timely blog. Much appreciated.
I agree with Laura - it is very offensive. I have exercised most of my life and was never a couch potato. Despite all this and eating healthily and not being overweight (7.5 stones at 5’3”) I have developed a rare disease which has virtually stopped me from exercising as I get too fatigued. It also makes me very vulnerable to this virus. Please change this smug attitude you have re exercise. I commented on it before. People who have discovered exercise late in life can be very ‘preachy’ rather like ex smokers which I have never done.
This resonated so loudly with me! I am 61 years old and really hate any form of exercise other than walking my dog, but feel dreadfully guilty because I know I should make more effort to become more active.
As you obviously felt the same Tricia and have found working with Lindsay such a transformational experience have the two of you given any thought to putting together a programme on video that us older ladies could purchase and follow to help change our own deep seated bad habits.
I'm sure it would be very welcome and well received. I for one would be first in the queue to buy it.