A 91-year-old man beat the world record for Bench Press!
Sy Perlis of Surprise, Arizonia works out everyday. He inspires his wife and community with his energy, spirit and strength. At age 91, he crushed the bench press world record with a chest press of 187 pounds. Previous record for the over 90s category was a mere 137 pounds.
Sy has been working out five days a week since his 80s. This just goes to show that you're never too old to start something new. So what should you be doing for exercise?
There are three componests to fitness: your muscles, your heart and your joints. This translates into three types of training: strength, cardiovascualr, and flexibility.
Strength training is important to increase and maintain muscle mass. Muscles support the body and help keep an active metabolism. This translates into many benefits and helps combat aging.
Cardiovascular training relates to increasing your heart rate to improve circulatory function as well as heart performance. The heart is essentially a muscle too. If the heart is strong, it can easliy push the blood around to the brain and body, resulting in lower blood pressure.
Lastly, but important for pain-free living, is flexibility training. It's not just about stretching. It's about maintaining joint integrity and ease of joint movement. Flexibility training is a combination of light exercise and a good range of motion.
You're never too old to work out, as Sy Perlis shows us! Be inspired and get moving!