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We all know that maintaining our physical fitness is a key factor in enjoying a good quality of life.
This is especially true as we age, as we naturally lose muscle strength and function as we age, and this process is called sarcopenia.
Starting at age 30, the average person loses about 2% of their leg strength each year and this loss accelerates beyond age 60 due to sarcopenia.
Sarcopenia not only impacts our ability to engage in physical activity, but also our daily activities such as carrying groceries, hanging out laundry, and walking the dog.
It’s not all bad news though, as research shows us that sarcopenia can be slowed, stopped, and even reversed.
Regular exercise that includes a mix of strength, aerobics, and balance has been shown to improve muscle strength and functionality, thereby combating sarcopenia.
Lilliana Barone, founder of Elossa Fitness (a specialist gym for people aged 60 and over) believes that age shouldn’t stop us from leading engaged and active lives.
She said: “While loss of muscle mass, strength and function is a natural part of aging, science tells us it’s not an inevitable journey, we can slow, stop or even reverse this process with the right kind of exercise.”
Lilliana, who holds a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics and has worked for 20 years as a clinical manager specializing in elderly care, has a keen interest in the health and well-being of older people.
“Elossa Fitness is a specialist gym for seniors aged 60 and over, although we have members in their 50s. I wanted to create a unique space where seniors of all fitness levels could come and feel at home. comfortable and supported.” said Liliane. “Our circuits are designed to improve functional fitness and combat sarcopenia. Our goal is to help our members become a stronger, healthier version of themselves.
“We have a team of highly qualified exercise physiologists and exercise scientists so members can rest assured that they are receiving the latest advice from experts and scientists.”
For older Australians, the latest physical activity guidelines recommend older people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise, including resistance training two or three times a week.
Sadly, only 25% of older Australians meet these guidelines, with a third not even doing 30 minutes a week.
Regular exercise is more than about fitness benefits. Physical activity can reduce our risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as improve psychological well-being and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
As we age, we are also at an increased risk of falling. In fact, one in three Australians over the age of 65 has had a fall in the last 12 months and one in five falls has required hospitalization.
Specialized exercise programs like those from Elossa can improve the overall health and well-being of seniors.
Training with Elosse will help you keep doing the things you love to do or get back to doing the things you used to do.
If you or someone you know is interested in further information please telephone 0452 356 772 or visit the website elossefitness.com.
They are currently offering 50% off the initial exercise physiology assessment and two weeks free membership.
Elosse Fitness is located at 102 Railway Street, Corrimal.