Im healthier and stronger and more energetic, he says. In fact Im more, if you like, vital now than I was when I was 25. While the fitness scene has exploded in the UAE with more gyms, classes, races, influencers and trainers than ever before the focus is often on people in their twenties and thirties. But right alongside them, sometimes lapping them, are men and women in their forties, fifties and beyond, many of whom are fitter than they were in their younger days. The benefits of exercise for people over 40 are Isometric Exercises Equipment enormous, says Dr Lawrence Lear, a general practitioner from the United Kingdom who works out of the Up and Running Clinic in Dubai. The positive impact can be seen across the board: in controlling diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lowering cholesterol, improving anxiety and depression and, in women, preventing osteoporosis. There isnt a drug on the market that could compete with it, he says. In general terms, exercise for people in their forties to sixties is fantastic I could go on all day, [and Static Contraction Training for swimming for] every single condition. Exercise just wins. 'I will go on doing it for as long as I can' Before Susanne Morgan moved to Abu Dhabi for her husbands job 12 years ago, the 59-year-old British former nurse had been working overtime as a medical rep and had let her lifelong love of exercise wane. With the gift of time, she poured herself into activity. These days, Morgan is in top physical shape, working out every day at Bodytree Studio. She does the bespoke Bodytree Body classes, a challenging range, and on Wednesdays likes to double up by doing a barre and mini-trampoline class back-to-back.
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