The purpose of Eldergym® is to help seniors soup up your strength, free up your flexibility, boost your balance, and enhance your endurance. In other words, become a fit and independent “Awesome Elder.”
So if you are looking for one of the best exercise resources for seniors and the elderly on the web, you found it!
You can do it!
My hope is that this website will help you to discover the revitalizing power of exercise;
inspire you to feel more vital, energized, and ready for your day;
help you to get rid of those negative thoughts about your age, health conditions or physical body;
teach you how to achieve real and objective goals with activities that you enjoy doing;
and encourage you to take genuine steps toward health and happiness.
The Problem: “Why am I so weak?”
As a Physical Therapist I have many senior and elderly patients who are referred from their doctor because they have fallen, are having trouble standing up, or just can’t function as well as they used to.What is the problem? Generally it is inactivity.
Studies have shown that it only takes a few days of lying in bed to start loosing your strength, flexibility and balance.
Once this happens you are at risk of beginning the downward spiral. What is the downward spiral you ask?
The Downward Spiral is the Problem
Well, let’s say you are feeling under the weather one day.
You are retired so end up spending a few days in bed or on the recliner watching TV.
After a while the chores start piling up. Finally you get up one morning and… “oops” loose your balance — falling on the floor!
If your hip is not broken you likely have a nasty bump somewhere.
The pain causes you to spend more time in bed… day by day getting weaker and weaker. Then out comes the cane or walker.
You begin to go outside of the house less and less because it is harder to walk.
Daily chores and activities become increasingly more difficult like cooking, shopping and taking a shower. You spend more time in the recliner and bed.
Well…you get the picture.
Moral of the story? Yes, you guessed it…Use your head…don’t stay in bed!
“Mom and Dad are just not as active as they once were, and I am worried they will fall down”
On the other hand, maybe you are the child of an elderly adult. When your parents live alone and are inactive, you may worry about him or her falling at home.
This is often a big concern of family members.
Exercising and staying active will improve their chances of staying safe.
Staying active, sensibly exercising and following a healthy lifestyle can add years of productive and functional living to your life.
Explore our site for helpful information and exercise videos to start your journey to greater strength and better balance with exercise for seniors and the elderly.
So the problem is inactivity. What is the solution? Where do I begin?
Well, it took a while to get in the shape you are in. Remember to take small steps in the beginning. No need to hurry. Your body requires from 4 to 6 weeks to become accustomed to a new activity or exercise program.
This is true especially if you have been inactive for a long time.
Try exercising for a few minutes a day at first. Gradually build up to 30 minutes twice a week.
From there try exercising 3 days per week as your strength and endurance improves.
Here is the good news. Fitness Training can benefit women and men of all ages.
- Help your strength with weight training in the arms and legs.
- Expand your bone density in the hips and spine.
- Access greater energy levels for daily activities.
- Learn to improve your balance with standing and walking.
- Take action to reduce your risk of falling at home.
- Have fun and keep your independence and vitality.
Ok, I am ready. What should I do?
Start with the basics
Start with the basics for exercises for the elderly. Get the big picture and explore how to safely begin an exercise program!
Learn correct posture
Learn correct posture before you start in order to help maximize the benefits of exercise. Watch our posture video for important exercises.
Review the proper techniques of breathing to improve your lung function and energy level. This video will show you how.
Increase your flexibility to allow full motion in your shoulders, hips, and legs with these exercises. Watch our stretching videos for valuable instruction.
Build strength in the arms, legs and back to greatly enhance your functional independence with our strengthening videos
Gain endurance and improve your ability to walk and participate in energetic social activities like dancing and nature outings.
Develop better balance to increase your safety in the home and in community.[/bullet_block]