As a woman over 50, I’m always on the lookout for stories about how fitness and exercise can change people’s lives, and recently came across a fascinating article in the New York Times about a former competitive bodybuilder from Ghana, who has opened a fitness center in lower Manhattan that caters primarily to seniors, and others who never thought they would ever embark on a fitness program successfully.
The story–and the accompanying video–puts a spotlight on Martin Luther King Addo, the bodybuilder, and Shirley Friedman, his 90-year old client who, thanks to Mr. Addo, is no longer worried about falling.
It’s a remarkable, uplifting, and heartwarming reminder that we should never give up on our dreams (Mr. Addo, now a U.S. citizen, is training to compete in an upcoming international competition as a member of the U.S. team), and celebrates the simple act of keeping our bodies moving and moving and moving.
I believe in the power of fitness and what it can do for our bodies, minds and spirits. But I also know that too often we overlook one of the most important aspects of overall fitness, especially as we age: our stability.
Take a look at this short video which shows some simple ways we can incorporate stability training into our every day lives: