Why Strength Matters
There is no doubt about it - scientific evidence concludes that physical activity offers one of the greatest opportunities to extend years of active and independent life, reduce disability and improve the quality of life for older adults.
Being physically active helps older adults continue to do the things they enjoy and stay independent as they age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That's why health experts, including the National Institute on Aging, say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
"Older adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 % lower odds of death for any reason than those who did not."
~Source: US Department of Health and Human Services
What Type of Exercise Works Best?
There are essentially four different categories of exercise, and, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), participation in all four types is necessary for full health benefits: endurance or aerobics, strength training or weight lifting, balance and stretching or flexibility. (Read More)
The NIA states that strength-training or weight-lifting exercises should be performed two to three days per week with a rest day between sessions. Strength-training activities should include exercises for all major muscle groups – shoulders, arms, chest, abdomen, back, hips, and legs.
46% of 80+ year olds and 29% of 60 year olds cannot lift 10 pounds.
~Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) functional research study
Strength Training is Key for Older Adults
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) concurs stating: “Strength training is just what older bodies need to fight the loss of muscle mass and strength."
Furthermore, the ACSM reports that strength training is the most important exercise for older adults who aren’t fit, and that it should come before aerobic activity, not afterward, as is typically the case. The ACSM recommends two or three days a week of strength training and reminds that as with any fitness program, older adults should be sure to talk to their doctor before getting started.
Strength Training with HUR exercise equipment is ideal for:
For seniors, muscular strength is directly connected to functional ability and balance control, both of which help in the management of every day chores. Research indicates that the correct type of resistance, or muscular training, helps maintain functional ability. Strength and balance training are shown to help decrease the amount of falls and resulting injuries by 15–50%.
Prescribed and supervised resistance training is accepted as a component of rehabilitation programs for people with or without cardiac disease. Properly implemented and individually medically supervised resistance training brings lower risks for the cardiac patient than aerobic endurance training.
HUR’s products and senior exercise solutions are backed by 30 years of scientific research in collaboration with leading universities and research centers in physiology and biomechanics. The unique natural transmission system combined with the air-resistance technology make HUR ideal for active aging, physical therapy and older adult exercise.
Low back pain can be caused by lumbar sprain, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, and degenerative spinal disorders. Strengthening of the abdominal and low back muscle core often helps relieve pain from degenerative disc disease.