Lauren Walker, All Fit/All Ages Gym
One of the biggest sources of injury for seniors is falling. Hip fractures are very common after a fall and can have detrimental side effects. Recovery can be a long road for most. My approach, to senior rehabilitation and recovery, is to develop strength. So if you have a fall, your recovery is more manageable.
Developing strength, specifically in the core and hips, is significantly beneficial. A stronger core means stronger hips and improved balance. This means you’re able to navigate uneven terrain with more confidence. Muscle and bone density don’t stop developing, the process merely slows down as you get older. Exercise stimulates muscle development and improves bone density, as stronger muscles can take some of the strain as fractures mend.
Age is a non-issue to me. A person simply needs the will and desire to improve.
Carol, at 85, is my most senior client. She suffered a fall and was able to get right back up. She suffered a bit of a bruise, and that’s about it. I told her, “Any other individual, at your age, wouldn’t have been able to get up.” Carol has been with me for six years and works out once a week at the gym. The focus is strength development which means increasing the weight from time to time.
It is never too late to start; that’s the point I want to drive home. Developing strength requires a specific program in the gym. Developing strength in your core in order to be able to bend down or squat would be my focus. Bending is a functional movement used in daily life. Squatting is noted as one of the top exercises for developing core and hip strength. This can further equip you for life.
There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy golfing, playing with the grandkids or travelling. Looking after your health means longevity and being able to enjoy what you love.