"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?
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.
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.
Ever since I planted my first bean seed in a paper cup back in grade school, I've been an avid gardener. But the older I get, the more I realize what a toll gardening can take on my aging Baby Boomer body.
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.