"Sign me up for assisted living! I can't wait to give up my home, move to an institution and say goodbye to my privacy and independence." You're not likely to hear any older adults saying those words any time soon!
Fitness Over 40
Should you consider in-home fitness training for your aging parents?
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.
It's not just seniors and the frail elderly who worry about losing their balance. A diminished sense of balance is one of the top concerns I hear from women in their 50s and 60s. The sense that their balance isn't what it used to be, coupled with a diagnosis of low bone density leaves many women feeling vulnerable and fearful.
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.
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.
Arthritis is a painful condition that affects millions of Americans. The CDC estimates that 50 million U.S. adults have been told by a physician that they have some form of arthritis (including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia). In 2007-2009, 50% of adults aged 65 or older reported an arthritis diagnosis.
I hear from clients and prospective clients all the time: "How can I stay fit now that I'm in my 40s? I'm insanely busy, my body is going to pot, and I can't handle the kind of workouts I did in my 20s and 30s." The answer is pretty simple, really. You're not the same person you were in your 20s and 30s, so your workout needs to change with you. Your schedule has changed, your body has changed, and your goals and priorities have changed,too.
You spent your thirties and forties trying to sort out your work/life balance. But suddenly you're in your fifties or sixties, and maintaining physical balance becomes a much more important consideration. Maybe you or someone you know has taken a spill on the stairs or an icy sidewalk. It only takes one balance scare to make you limit your activities and feel suddenly old.