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Rotary Happenings: Rotarians get some ‘investment’ advice

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

“Let’s get physical, physical I wanna get physicalLet me hear your body talk, your body talk” Olivia Newton-John sung in 1981.

Well, let’s be honest. For most of us Rotarians, at this point in our lives, the body just says, “I need a nap”.

But guest speaker on March 20, Tony DiCosta owner of Tony DiCosta Fitness in Cape Coral and personal trainer at the Sanibel Health Club on the Island, has another idea.

His advice, “Now is the time to make an investment in your physical well-being with a guarantee for a full return by improving overall health. Your physical investment portfolio should include a balanced program of cardio for your heart, strength (losing strength as we age is a problem many fail to recognize until it is too late), and flexibility training sometimes the missing element in personal exercise portfolios.”

Tony states, “Being out of shape as we age is a choice, not a biological imperative”.

Studies have proven that muscle mass declines with age, starting in the 40s and picking up speed after about age 50.

Most of us Island Rotarians are passed the age of 40.

So, what can you do to slow down the loss of muscle mass and possibly improve that muscle mass?

The answer get up and get moving; the more effort in the areas of cardio, strength, and flexibility during these activities the better the results.

After hearing Tony speak for just a short time, you can see his passion for what he does as a personal trainer.

After evaluating a potential client and discussing the reasons for wanting and sometimes needing an exercise program, your personal training routine is custom-made taking into account current level of conditioning, age, and state of health.

While showing a power-point presentation including clients and explaining their specific health goals, Tony described how he was able to improve each client’s physical condition.

He stated, “clients are not one-size-fits all and their physical routine should not be either”.

If someone plays tennis or golf, they think nothing of hiring a coach to improve their game, show them how to use the equipment effectively and safely, and demonstrate how to get the most out of the activity.

When you go to the gym, the investment of a personal training or coach can do the same thing for you. Your investment in time, effort, and money will pay off.

As Tony was segueing to the end of his time at the podium, he brought up the fact that balance is important as we age.

The fact is falls can be serious for adults over 60; exercise improves balance.

Don’t wait till you fall and break a hip or fracture your spine, get to the gym now.

What’s the saying”use it or lose it”. Tony can help you with your balance and keep you out of the hospital or even worst yet, housebound.

Tony DiCosta brings over 40 years of training experience to Sanibel Health Club. In addition to being a Certified Personal Trainer, Tony is a well-known fitness writer, appearing regularly in Iron Man magazine.

He is still competing as a Master’s bodybuilder on State, National and International levels, with first-place finishes at the Florida State Championships, Southern States Championships and the North American Championships.

Last words from Tony, “put yourself first”.

It is your personal responsibility to get in the best shape possible. No matter what age you are currently, no matter what shape you are in, you can improve your physical health and well-being with a little exercise.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m., every Friday morning at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel.

Guests are always welcomed.