Personal Fitness Coaching for Older Adults
Would you like to grow stronger as you grow older, improve your balance, deftly sidestep debilitating conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and osteoporosis?
In study after study, regular exercise has been shown to improve strength, flexibility, mobility and balance in older adults. Increasingly, research shows exercise also contributes to improved cognitive function and memory. Not to mention its salutary effects on cardiovascular health!
So where to start? If you haven’t been exercising for awhile (or ever) it’s best to start slow, and it’s never too late.
Water aerobics is a great way to begin if you like the pool. You don’t need to be able to swim—you’ll be standing up in chest-deep water.There are also deep-water aerobics classes that are a bit more challenging—you use a flotation belt to keep your body submerged up to your neck. It’s harder to breathe, but the advantage is that there is no impact—your feet don’t touch the bottom of the pool, which is great for people with ankle, knee, or hip problems.
You can use water aerobics to develop balance, flexibility, and mobility. You can also do strength training in the water when you are just starting out, but you’ll need to do weight-bearing exercises on land to really get strong. People with arthritis, however, may not be able to exercise on land, so strength training in the water works best for them.
Many people also enjoy yoga, tai-chi, and Pilates classes. Basic classes in these disciplines can give you flexibility and mobility which can increase your confidence in yourself as an active person, and help you improve your balance. You will still need to move into weight-bearing exercise to develop strength, however. Stretching enhances your strength training efforts as well, helping muscles grow stronger while protecting your tendons.
There’s another option you many not have heard of—TRX Suspension Training. You hang onto a pair of sturdy straps while you exercise your whole body. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise, because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. Because you have to keep your balance at the same time you are exercising, you are always working your core—back, abdomen and hips. The TRX provides strength, flexibility, and mobility training all at the same time. Here’s 81-year-old Barb to show you how it’s done:
I’m a qualified TRX trainer, and I would love to show you how to work out on this amazing contraption, where your body is your machine.
For more information, contact me here.