Beyond Boomers Energy Tips - Fitness Advice For
Seniors Over 65 Years Old
many of us in the Fitness World have often asked ourselves why we
weren't getting the results we wanted although we were certain we
were doing all the right things. If this sounds like you, I can
understand, feeling the same way many times. As a Coach and competitive
athlete for over thirty years I am always looking for that "edge".
I am continually studying everything in nutrition, strength and
psychology (Human Behavior) looking for that edge for myself and
my clients. A few years ago as I was working with my Coach on an
electrolyte problem I was having, I swerved into an area that grabbed
my attention and changed everything. Being Alkaline. With my business
focus being challenged populations, primarily those who I call "Beyond
Boomers", those who are beyond age 65, actually the average
age of my clients is 80-85. I needed to have a solid grasp of this
concept before I would feel confident to share with these special
As a competitive Triathlete I proceeded to get myself alkaline.
I used a very simple plan. I drank lots of water. But not just any
water. It had to have a PH of at least 8.0. I also had to have a
way to measure whether it worked. So being a good scientist I proceeded
to eliminate my supplements that I had been using as buffering agents
during training and replaced them with the water. It worked! I felt
better. I was stronger and I was able to recover quicker from my
workouts. I now felt it was time to share my knowledge with my clients.
first goal I have with a new client is to get them to start moving.
After that is accomplished and we are establishing a training program
or new activity, I then look at their nutrition. Now I need to remind
everyone that I work with very challenged individuals, many having
suffered very traumatic injuries, brain and spinal cord. For this
article I am going to focus on Beyond Boomers which again their
average age is 80-85. An important and often overlooked fact with
this group is that as we age we lose taste buds. But we don't lose
our taste for sweets, which is why a lot of our Beyond Boomers have
a difficult time with nutrition. The food has to taste good. I believed
I had found at least a partial solution to the problem. I had a
place to start. Plain old water. Let me make a couple points here.
First it is very common that our Beyond Boomers are challenged when
it comes to hydration. They just need to drink more. Second, remember
it has to taste good. The goal was to introduce a more alkaline
water. Most water is acidic which means it is less than 7.0 on a
scale of 1-14. Although this will help with hydration, it won't
allow for maximum health. This is the goal, maximum health and performance.
Just by drinking a more alkaline water anyone could quickly start
to feel better and have increased energy, as I experienced in my
How is it possible to achieve increased energy and strength
through alkalinity? Some of you have probably been aware of the
importance of keeping our bodies more alkaline, which has to do
with your bloods pH Ideally we need to be at 7.3 on that scale of
1-14 which I previously had mentioned. Your body will do whatever
is possible to maintain 7.3 pH This can weaken you. This is where
drinking water that is alkaline is important. A more alkaline water
can solve two problems at the same time. Proper hydration and being
alkaline. Next, remember how I shared with you about those taste
buds. The water must have a good taste to it. So to this point if
we can get people to drink quality water we can begin to positively
influence their health. If you want you can test your own pH with
special strips from the Drugstore or a Health Food store. This gives
you a baseline, but the real test is the results.
Benefits of Being Alkaline
Some of the benefits that are gained from drinking alkaline
water and being alkaline are
- Increased Energy
- Increased Strength
- Improved Metabolism
- Improved Immunity
- Improved Fat Loss
- Feeling Better
- Improved Bone Density
Although all of these points are huge with Beyond Boomers, it's
important for everyone. Who would not want the benefits presented
Results from Being Alkaline
Look at these benefits and begin to appreciate the results of having
more energy, such as providing you more time to do what you enjoy.
Just think how important this is for our Beyond Boomers. With improved
strength from having less muscle fatigue you are able to exercise
more often, at an increased intensity because of being able to increase
the time or resistance of your program. This then relates back to
being able to do what you enjoy more, such as golf or other activities,
at higher levels of performance. Which will then create a positive,
emotional relationship to exercise and you will feel better.
Because I believe that being strong is the most important fitness
component for Beyond Boomers. (I really believe it applies to everyone).
I want to highlight this benefit. By being strong this population's
entire world opens up. They have no limits and now can find a purpose
and go after it with physical certainty. Lastly by creating a healthier
body with stronger bones and muscles, people have less health issues,
which creates an incredible psychological boost. Being sick or injured
is not fun at any age, but is devastating at this age.
Although many in the mainstream medical community may have problems
understanding the concept of alkalinity, there has been good research
that we should investigate for ourselves, as I did, by such individuals
as Dr. Neil Solomon, Dr. Sang Whang, Dr. Alex Guerrero, top Endurance
Coach, Joe Friel and many others. Remember what we in the fitness
and athletic community are most concerned with is performance. When
you can measure the effects on your own performance as well as others
you coach, it becomes an undeniable and powerful component of your
peak performance program.