Is Personal Training Right for Geriatric Populations?

As baby boomers are getting older, there is an increased demand for this population to stay healthy. One way to do that is by hiring a personal trainer to help maintain independence, body function, and overall health. The goal of training is no longer motivated by how much weight a client can lift or if they have 6 pack abs; instead it shifts to posture, endurance, balance, and flexibility training.

In this population, one of the major risk factors is falling. By being proactive with training, one can improve the common muscle groups that increase fall risks. For example, many older people slouch which shifts the center of balance. Also, as you age, the ankle joint become stiff and leads to shuffling while walking. By improving these areas we can help clients move better and be more confident getting around.
Another area of concern is bone density. As we age, bone density is something that also decreases.

By adding strength training we can help to maintain a healthy bone density. Strength training for older adults is much different than for younger populations. Instead of focusing on how much weight you can lift, we shift towards exercises that mimic daily activities such as carrying groceries, lifting grandchildren, and getting out of a chair. These are things that will help to maintain independence going forward.

The biggest and most important reason to invest in fitness training for older adults is to maintain independence. Whether it’s maintaining a home, or going on dream vacations, everyone wants to be able to spend their retirement doing things they want to do. Staying fit is paramount in being able to enjoy your life well into your older years. At Chicago Family Fit we have had numerous clients take the dream vacation they never thought they could have handled before training.

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