Through resistance training the researchers have shown that all adults can improve their ability to stand up out of a chair, walk across the floor and in general, do the things that normally require us to manipulate our bodies through range of motions, AND to do it independently.” *
Where to Begin…
The recommended starting point of a formal resistance training program is to begin by using one’s own body weight as the resistance load. Doing standing, squatting and tiptoe exercises is a good beginning place for a sedentary person and these exercises can be practiced right in your own home.
A minimum of 3 days per week is the general recommendation, but exercising at 80 or 90 is not like exercising at 50 or even 60. Every adult must self-scan his/her own body to see how it feels on that day. Just a general stiffness will be helped by exercise and it is probably a good thing to do for drug-free relief.
*University of Michigan Health System, “Older and stronger. Progressive resistance training can build muscle, increase strength as we age.” ScienceDaily, 2 April 2011 <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110331163539.htm>
About Dianne Terrace | MS, CPT
Director, The Wellness Center at Wesley Village. I am an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in training older adults and clinical clients. I work with private clients as well as my many clients at the Wellness Center at Crosby Commons, on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton, CT. I have combined my training in strength and balance work with a modified Pilates Method that I have adapted for older adults. I am also a Certified Yoga Instructor trained by Lara Ward of Lotus Garden Yoga in Sharon, CT and I teach the Ultimate Core Ball Challenge as part of the Yale University Mat Pilates Program.
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