As we age, our bodies change and physical abilities are no longer what they once were. Injuries occur more often and more easily, and they take longer to heal. We cannot ignore aging and continue to function in the same way we always have without an increased risk of injury. Our routines and goals must be different, for example aiming for improved resistance rather than muscle bulk while exercising, and aspiring to a well-toned healthy body in which to live a fully functional life.
This class will examine pertinent aspects of aging with respect to exercise (especially strength training). An exercise methodology will be suggested, as well as ways to adapt it to a home routine.
About the teacher:
Dr. Michael Amaral was in practice as a Board Certified neurosurgeon until his retirement in 2016. He did his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of Chicago and graduated in 1986. In his last 10 years of practice he specialized in complex spine surgery and sacroiliac surgery. Dr. Amaral has also been active in fighting sports (Martial Arts) since teenage and has expertise in Wado-Ryu and Shotokan Karate, Kodokan Judo, Ueshiba Style Aikido, Kendo, western style saber fencing and Krav Maga. Cardiovascular and strength training are an integral part of all the Martial Arts. Dr. Amaral has had a keen interest in studying how the body changes with age and how this affects training. Those matters will be the subject of this class.