Benefits of the young at heart training programme

Keep fit classes Brighton and Hove

Fact; we’re all living longer. It’s never been more important to stay fit and healthy, especially as you get older. We all know that exercise is good for us, but too many of us think that with each passing year you should take it easy by doing a little bit less.

Wrong! Health experts advise that regular exercise for older people offers a wealth of great benefits, including extending lifespan. But worryingly, only one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly.

According to the National Institute for Ageing, exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions. And contrary to belief, poor balance and weakness are linked to inactivity, rather than to old age.

An area of specialism as a personal trainer for the elderly, with a qualification in Exercise for Older Adults, I have an in-depth understanding of age-related conditions, and how to develop bespoke keep fit workouts that can be beneficial in reducing and even reversing the impact on daily activities.

I am keen to further establish my reputation as the go to personal trainer for the over 60s across Brighton and Hove, through my young at heart training programme for individual clients, as well as through my Young At Heart Keep Fit Club fitness classes in Hangleton, Lancing and Portslade.

The 7 benefits that the young at heart training programme focuses on are to:

Live longer

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the top 10 leading causes of death and disability. Even gentle, regular exercise such as swimming or walking can increase your lifespan by around three to five years. The Young at Heart Training Programme embraces this opportunity.

Prevent trips and falls

Improving muscle strength and bone density can be useful in reducing the risk of falls as it can also improve your balance. The WHO advocate regular exercise can reduce the risk of having a hip fracture by 40 per cent. The Young At Heart Training Programme aims to improve the strength of your key muscle groups to prevent falls.

Reduced risk of stroke or heart attack

Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, gardening or light housework indeed anything that raises the heart rate, will increase blood flow to the heart and boost your overall health. The exercises featured in the training programme will improve your cardiovascular system.

Target better bone density

Weight-bearing exercise such as walking, or jogging can help increase the strength of bones and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures. According to The National Osteoporosis Society, one in two women and one in five men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Exercises with the Young at Heart Training Programme aims to help reduce this risk.

Reduced risk of developing dementia

Being sedentary in later years can increase the risk of developing dementia, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The study, which analysed more than 1,600 older adults over a period of five years, found that those who did not exercise were more likely to develop dementia than those who did. Exercising with the Young at Heart Training Programme aims to help reduce this risk.

Prevent or delay disease

Exercise is an effective remedy for many chronic medical conditions. Studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. It can also help in the management of high cholesterol; keeping cholesterol levels within a healthy range can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Exercising with the Young at Heart Training Programme aims to help reduce this risk.

Aged 60 and above?

Take your step to achieving your young at heart fitness goal with me as a specialist older adult personal trainer, call me on 07730 038830or or email me at, I offer a free no obligation 60-minute health and fitness consultation. My personal training prices:

INTRODUCTORY OFFER 2 x 1-hour sessions – £45

Block of 10 x 1-hour personal training sessions – £350

Block of 20 x 1-hour personal training sessions – £660

If you prefer fitness classes rather than one-one-one personal training – why not attend one of my regularly weekly Young At Heart Keep Fit Club fitness classes for people aged 60 and above:

South Portslade Community Centre

Every: Monday
Registration: 12.45 pm
Class starts: 1.00 pm
After class refreshments: 1.45 pm – 2.15 pm
Venue: South Portslade Community Centre, 61 Church Road, Portslade, BN41 1LB

St. Helen’s Church Hall, Hangleton

Every: Friday
Registration: 1.30pm
Class starts: 1.45pm
After class refreshments: 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Venue: St Helen’s Church Hall, Hangleton Way, Hove, BN3 8ER

Lancing Parish Council Jubilee Hall

Every: Thursday starting from 25th April 2019!
Registration: 10.15 am
Class starts: 10.45 am on 25th April, thereafter at 10.30 am
After class refreshments: 11.30 am – Midday on 25th April, thereafter at 11.15 am – Midday
Venue: Lancing Parish Council, Jubilee Hall, 96-98 South Street, Lancing, BN15 8AJ

For more information please call Gav O’Brien on 07730 038830, email or visit

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