Transform your body with exercise

With regular exercise, including resistance training, seniors have managed to regain strength and stamina for physical activities

Muay thai trainer Spencer Soh, 63, is fitter now than when he started exercising in his 40s.
Muay thai trainer Spencer Soh, 63, is fitter now than when he started exercising in his 40s.ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY
After three months of strength training at Gym Tonic, Mr Eric Wong, 77, can confidently climb overhead bridges.
After three months of strength training at Gym Tonic, Mr Eric Wong, 77, can confidently climb overhead bridges.ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY
Madam Chong Kim Hai, 87, had back and leg pain caused by a narrowing of the joints in her spine, but after months of resistance training, she no longer needs a wheelchair to get around.
Madam Chong Kim Hai, 87, had back and leg pain caused by a narrowing of the joints in her spine, but after months of resistance training, she no longer needs a wheelchair to get around. ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

From a 63-year-old muay thai trainer who is fitter now than before he began exercising in his 40s to an 87-year-old grandmother who no longer needs a wheelchair after three months of strength training, regular exercise could help people hack their bodies and reverse some ill effects of age.

Six months ago, Madam Chong Kim Hai was in a wheelchair, finding it hard to walk because of back and leg pain caused by a narrowing of the joints in her spine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 14, 2019, with the headline 'Transform your body with exercise'. Print Edition | Subscribe