As people become older their lifestyle slows down to a more placid pace and subsequently the elderly become more sedentary. This has never been thought of as a problem, however, recent research into this area has found there is strong evidence stipulating that a loss of activity is directly related to individuals having falls and accidents.
This is explained by the decrease in muscle mass from inactivity causing degeneration in strength, stamina, posture, co-ordination and range of movement. All of these attributes aid people in pursuing their daily functions. This deterioration can be prevented, simply by using a controlled form of exercise under the supervision of a qualified trainer.
It has been shown that weight bearing activity assists in the generation of bone mineral density which means stronger bones with less chance of injury.
Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent!
Staying active reduces our risk of a fall, which helps keep us independent and improves our overall health and wellbeing.
At least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, is recommended. The exercise should be brisk enough to increase your breathing and heart rate, although it doesn’t have to be so hard that you can’t talk.
To reduce your risk of falling, it’s also important to include activities that improve your balance and increase your strength. By improving your balance and strength, you reduce your risk of falling and causing an injury or breaking a bone. And they keep you active enough to do the things you want to do.
At Urban Personal Training we have a range of programs dedicated to elderly clients over the age of 55. The program is run as a series of group classes and can therefore also become a social experience. Administering the classes in groups is also a wonderful method of getting a large number of people, up to 16 at a time, exercising for a minimal cost. The class concentrates on building core strength through repetition and minimal weight bearing movements.
Limiting injuries from accidents will not be the only positive outcome experienced. As the body becomes stronger the elderly may find they feel more agile, their metabolism will increase preventing further problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
We can come to you and run your program in familiar surroundings with your friends, so give us a call and we will work out a program to suit.
Urban Personal Training is based in Wyoming on the Central Coast however we can provide a mobile Personal Training or Group Training service if required. We are able to provide fitness services to Wyoming, Gosford, Erina and most Central Coast areas.
We can also provide services to NDIS self-managed or plan-managed clients, so call us now and have a chat to us about your fitness needs.
The Strength for Life program is a specially designed exercise program developed by the Council on the Ageing (COTA NSW)
The program focusses on Progressive resistance physical activity for 50+ and is designed to match the individuals needs. It provides a framework around ongoing life cycles and functional activity to improve lifestyle needs of the individual.
We will be delivering this program at a number of venues including Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre at the beginning of 2020.