Aerobic conditioning not only promotes cardiac health, but it safeguards against the development of vascular-based dementia as well. helping ensure that we are able to use our mental abilities to their fullest into a very advanced age. Working puzzles is good on one level. But these can't improve the quality of our vascular tree! Exercise can. With pedestrian "Walk" signals now being of a much shorter duration, it is dangerous to only have the option of walking at one stereotypical, slow pace.
Fall Prevention / Balance Training
Most falls among the elderly can be avoided. Obviously, while avoiding the increased risk of using throw rugs and extension cords, as well as not leaving a pet's toys lying around in the dark are the easiest and fastest solutions; this doesn't solve the bigger problem: shortened musculature that forces one to take shorter steps, which in turn leads to a slower and less stable walking pattern. Compounding this is the natural aging of the nervous system. The good news is, that there are exercises that can correct and compensate for all of these otherwise inevitable physical changes as we age.
Flexibility / Osteoarthritis Prevention
It has been over-stated that the primary cause of osteoarthritis is being overweight. While that is certainly a factor, it also depends upon the type of job and activities you engage in, but most important is how flexible the musculature is, since any shortening of the skeletal muscles will inevitably increase joint compression, and this is the primary source of premature and accelerated osteoarthritis. So weight loss is a worthy goal for reducing and resolving joint pain, as well as ensuring good cardiac health; but since flexibility can be notably improved in just a few weeks, this is the factor we need to emphasize if we want prompt relief from arthritis pain.
It has been aptly stated that "A stitch in time saves nine." How true that is when it comes to senior health. We all know folks that look and act younger than their age, and those who look and act much older than their age. But what if genetics wasn't the main determinant of our efficiency as we get older? What if there were actually some basic and easy choices that we could make now to ensure that we are more fulfilled and physically independent when we reach an advanced age? Gerontology is one of my specialties, and after accumulating 34 years of clinical experience in working with the elderly, I know what the risk factors are, as well as what unique training options can help turn back the clock. My oldest client was 104 years old, still walking, and still attending church with her son every Sunday morning.
Weight loss always works best in tandem with an exercise program. The key is finding a dietary regimen and fitness program that are realistic for your personality and lifestyle. That said, I provide mentoring including encouragement and affirmation with positive feedback regarding your progress to date. Additionally, I use a state of the art biometric analysis to establish your baseline physical status, and then use this protocol at regular intervals to monitor your progress, and provide you with objective updates, so that you will have a clear understanding of your training efficiency. I also take into account that balance and coordination training will likely become important, as being overweight tends to limit these attributes.