New client, 83 years young,
Strength training for older adults is essential to a healthy lifestyle: It helps you stay fit, maintain independence, and reduce symptoms related to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and obesity.
When working with older adults lifting weights it may not be the best way to start. Before someone begins lifting extra weight, they should be able to handle their own bodyweight,
Work to target the body’s largest muscle groups through functional movements, which translate to improved performance at everyday tasks, such as climbing stairs, carrying groceries, and playing with the grandkids.
In addition to strength, is best when training older adults to include balance, flexibility, and mobility, or range-of-motion, exercises. Adopt an exercise approach that tackles a little bit of everything, focus on full-body, multidirectional movements rather than isolating a certain muscle group. If you work to improve mobility and flexibility, they’ll experience better strength gains over time.
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