benefits of a structured and supervised senior or medical fitness program

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Supervised, regularly-performed exercise routines and physical activities have long been shown to be highly-beneficial to both the senior and the medically-challenged populations.

 

Not only can a well-planned fitness program help boost an individual's functional strength, cardiovascular health, physical mobility and all-round fitness, it can also help reduce stress, elevate one's mood and even improve one's mental faculties and cognitive functions as well. 

Unfortunately, not many seniors/older adults and those with chronic medical issues really know which exercises or movements are necessarily best suited to their needs, nor are they aware how to structure or sequence these activities scientifically or practically.

This is where a systematic and structured fitness program for older adults and the medically-challenged population groups comes in.

Partaking in such a specialized fitness program is one of the best ways to ensure that you are not only getting the right kind and amount of exercise for your age, lifestyle and needs; but also doing these exercises correctly, at a proper intensity and via a scientific sequence

The following are the key reasons why - more than ever before - seniors and people with chronic health issues are now actively enlisting the help of specially-trained fitness professionals to help them age healthily and to improve their all-round functional capacity, independence and health.

The main benefits of a supervised and structured senior or medical fitness program may be summarized as follow:

1) Safety

Safety should always be the number one consideration for ALL fitness programs - especially so when older adults and those with existing health conditions are involved. Within a safe and supervised environment, your Senior/Medical Fitness Specialist will show you not only how to perform your exercises safely, but also ensures that you are doing them correctly with the proper form and technique. In doing so, you avoid the scenario of putting yourself at the risk of mishaps or injuries that could so easily happen when exercising alone or when left unsupervised.

2) Personalized Attention

Having a certified senior/special population fitness professional oversee your fitness program and progress also removes any guesswork or lingering doubts on your part. Not only will you be given full, undivided and  personalized attention throughout the entire duration of your workout, you'll be also shown and guided on all the "in's and out's", "do's and don'ts" and "what's and how's" with regards to your fitness program and exercise routine.

 

3) Age-Appropriate Exercises

What a fit and athletic 30-year-old does in the gym may NOT be right or appropriate at all for a 60-year-old with joint pain, diabetes and high blood pressure! With this mind, an age-specific fitness program plays a significant role in ensuring that the exercises prescribed to you are indeed a "good fit" for your chronological age as well as catering to your various underlying health/medical concerns.

4) Individualized Tailoring

No two older adults are ever alike. Each has his/her own unique needs and wants, weaknesses and limitations. As such, an individually-tailored and customized fitness program will go a long way in accommodating to your own special and unique requirements. Whether it is a loss in flexibility, balance issues, general limb weakness, all-round frailty, or any other underlying medical condition that you may have, a personalized fitness program can take into account all the above and more, and make suitable adjustments and modifications along the way to cater to your unique and special circumstances. This, in turn, will help to improve your overall quality and standard of life down the road.

Conclusion

As the above shows, a structured, well-planned and progressive fitness program can have wide-ranging benefits to the older adult population, seniors and those with existing health/medical issues.

If you truly wish to get the most out of your exercise regime, and genuinely seek to bring about significant and lasting improvements to your quality of life, do seriously consider enrolling in a supervised and structured fitness program today.