Should you consider in-home fitness training for your aging parents?
Fitness Over 40
Welcome to the Baby Boom. A generation of 76 million Americans, all determined never to grow old. Except the oldest of us are reaching retirement age, and the youngest are staring down the big 5-0. One thing these 76 million folks have in common is a determination to stay active and maintain a youthful attitude at any age. But in their determination to stay active, many Boomers are making some dramatic exercise mistakes.
A big percentage of my clientele consists of women at midlife who are looking for a fitness program that will help them age gracefully, vibrantly and independently. Often they've been burned by the one-size-fits-all approach at their local fitness center. I think it's vitally important to design a fitness program that fits your unique needs, goals and limitations, but there are a few key factors that are common for almost everyone.
One of the questions I get asked all the time in my Denver personal training sessions is "how can I climb stairs with my bad knees?" Stair climbing is a challenging move, even with perfectly functioning knees, because it involves balancing on a single leg, lifting the whole body weight against gravity (with a single leg), shifting the weight to the other leg, and coordinating the movements of three joints and lots of muscles in each leg.
Reclaiming a sense of balance and security is a top fitness goal for many of the senior clients we see at Prime of Life Fitness. It's disturbing and frightening to feel unsteady on your feet and at risk of taking a fall.
Your doctor's telling you; your family's telling you; your company's HR department is telling you. Sometimes it seems like everyone is telling you to get more exercise.
If you think being a senior means being condemned to a life of inactivity and pain because of aching joints, fragile bones, chronic illness and mental decline, I have good news for you. There is a fitness program for you that may prevent some of those issues if you start soon enough. And even if you already have chronic, debilitating health issues, this fitness program can relieve some of your pain and can dramatically improve your quality of life.
The Baby Boom generation is known for staying active and refusing to slow down as they age. That's all well and good, but if you're trying to stay fit and healthy, you may accidentally be sabotaging your own fitness.
Whenever I can I like to help people better understand the work I do as a personal trainer. I often encounter misunderstandings about what it's like to work with a personal trainer, so here are five common myths about in home personal training for seniors that I'd like to debunk.
Motivation to exercise is a holy grail that some people seem to chase their whole life. So how do other people manage to make time to exercise and get excited about doing it?