In an era when fitness can be overlooked by many older people, renowned American exercise physiologist Steve Maxwell believes the motivation needs to start from the younger generation in a bid to promote healthy living worldwide.
The 65-year-old is the first American to earn a BJJ black belt from the grandmaster Relson Gracie – and continues to do great work in a bid to boost health and fitness across the globe.
The Philadelphia native, who has been a competitive athlete for over 35 years, is currently travelling around the world giving seminars on Mobility-Conditioning in BJJ & MMA.
Speaking to Sport360 at TKA MMA Gym in Dubai, Maxwell said: “I think it has to start with the young people. You’ve got to get the young people motivated and keep that going throughout their life.
“For the older generation it is probably too late. It’s conscience and what you value in life.”
“A lot of people value money, wealth and material things over their own their health. There’s many a millionaire and billionaire on his death bed that probably wishes they spent more attention on their health.
“All of a sudden all that money and power means nothing, especially when your suffering with all sorts of illnesses.”
The potential health benefits from exercising on a daily basis are numerous – from relieving the significant pressures of life to boosting morale – all of which Maxwell insists can potentially extend your life.
“Sometimes these people never knew about a high level of health, so gradually their health starts to erode and they see that as a normal thing. I can’t imagine sacrificing my health and fitness just to make money,” he said.
“But it seems like there are a group of people that do that thing who do that in their own mind. Because they’ve never done anything physical and they don’t know what it’s like, they don’t miss it that much. They don’t notice how weak and feeble they are becoming.
People presume leading a healthy lifestyle involves hours of work across the week, but even short sharp sessions 3-4 times a week can have a massive benefit to your body and mind.
“Training can prevent all these things. The other thing is some people don’t know what to do and they are intimidated by the whole thing, not realising that you don’t have to train all that much to get good benefits,” he said.
“Even just 10-15 mins of strength training can pay huge dividends. I can only lead by example.”
The Beach Run Dubai, which is presented by Daman’s Activelife, once again provided the perfect opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to kick off their weekend with some exercise.
With three distances and running categories on offer for participants: 7.2km (serious), 3.6km (fun) and 1.8km (family) there was a run for everyone to enjoy as 1,600 people packed the Festival Village bright and early ahead of the 9am start time.
Under the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab, Sunset Beach was a sea of white as runners wore their Beach Run t-shirts, which were part of the event registration package.
Post-race, each and every runner received a finisher’s medal and were able to post about their run using the social media picture frame.
Food, drink, music and plenty of activities were then on offer for runners to enjoy in the village.
One area of the body that is often overlooked when training is the core. It is crucial in nearly everything you do, from walking with good posture to better athletic performance.
Core training strengthens your hips, lower back and abs and will reduce injury and improve stability. For people who are sitting at a desk all day, it is important to train your core as this can reduce lower back pain.
Most movements start at the centre of the body and work outwards, meaning a strong core can help overall efficiency when going about your day-to-day tasks.
Here, we take a look at four simple exercises to help build a six pack.
Lie flat on your stomach with your arms bent.
Make sure your fingers are pointing forward and your legs are extended.
Slowly lift your torso and legs off the floor.
Hold for one minute.
Repeat three times.
Lie on your side and raise your hips.
Make sure your body is in a straight line.
Hold the position for 60 seconds without letting your hips drop.
Finish and repeat on the opposite side.
Repeat three times.
Lie flat on the floor.
Bend your knees and put your hands behind your head.
Lift your head towards your knees until you feel the burn across your stomach.
Repeat 50 times.
Lie flat on the floor.
Slowly lift your legs up until you feel the burn.
If you can bring your legs up to a 90 degree angle, then even better.
Pause and lower the legs back down.
Repeat 30 times.
Lie flat on the floor with your legs fully extended.
Place arms above the head to stabilise your body.
Lift your knees towards your chest and lift your shoulders off the floor.
Rotate to the left, bringing your right elbow towards your left knee.
Switch sides, bringing the left elbow towards your right knee.
Do not allow the legs to touch the floor.
Repeat 20-30 times.