When it comes to getting
fit, we all have different
needs and abilities. BESS-S
training involves balance,
stretching and more for a
holistic approach to health.
by R.A. FREEDMAN
bout 2,500 years ago, the Chinese phi-
losopher Confucius said, “We each have
two lives; the second one begins when
we realize we only have one.” Good
health is certainly one of the pillars of our one
and only life. So how can we stay fit and healthy
as we age?
Where you place your training effort depends
on your lifestyle. For example, people who walk a
lot (an aerobic activity) need more emphasis on
the anaerobic side (strength training and activities with short bursts of energy). Older individuals also need more emphasis on balance and
speed to help them avoid falls.
Because there is no one fitness routine that
works for everyone (just as there is no one diet
that fits all), I have developed a template called
BESS-S that can be used to develop your own
personal training routine regardless of age.
This acronym has the following components:
• Endurance (both aerobic and anaerobic).
• Strength (aka weightlifting).
• Stretching and flexibility.
Balance. Did you know that more than twice
as many people die each year from falls than die
from homicide? Balance and speed training can
OUR DIGITAL EDITIONS
Click here to watch R.A. Freedman
explain more about BESS-S.
(See page 11 for details.)