Exercise and Wellness
- Studies have shown that physical inactivity results in loss of muscle mass and a reduction in mobility which places older adults at risk for fractures, falls, and diminished function. Too, aging, in and of itself, is associated with a decline in skeletal muscle mass, strength and physical function.
- Designing a thoughtful exercise and wellness program for physically limited elderly residents can produce strong outcomes. For example, it has been proven that participating in a supervised physical activity program that includes resistance-type exercise benefits everyone (JAMDA May, 2015); the study included healthy, pre-frail, and frail older men and women.
- The study’s exercise training was performed two times per week over a 24-week period consisting of warm-ups on cycle ergometers, sets on the leg-press and leg-extension machines, and sets on chest press, lat pull-down, pec-dec, and vertical row machines with resting periods between exercises. The training, performed under personal supervision, measurably improved strength and physical performance in frail elderly people.
- Exercise and wellness programs in long term care settings reflect creative approaches to fitness for a diverse group of residents. Seated Pilates, aquacize, Tai Chi, strength training and walking groups support the center’s role in helping residents improve their health and maintain independence.
Physical Activity Resources