Imagine aging like a fine little bottle of Italian wine, living strong and happy and having the physical and mental health to enjoy the best of your later years. It is not rocket science. What is standing between you and this healthy life is regular exercise.
You have heard it a thousand times: Regular exercise and physical activity are vital at any age. Engaging in exercise does not only improve your mobility and strength, which is particularly important for seniors, but it can also boost your mood and reduce the risk of developing some chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. For adults in Aged Care, living a longer, healthier life can be made easier through Aged Care exercise programs.
Exercising probably scares you, but it doesn’t have to be rigorous. Aged care exercise programs can range from walking, swimming, and cycling, to simple wall push-ups. But, there’s no better way to improve strength, flexibility, and balance than through power-assisted exercise machines at an Easy Exercising clinic. We’ll dive deeper into power-assisted exercise for adults and other beneficial Aged Care exercises programs.
Power-assisted exercise for older adults
Older adults face a wide range of health challenges, such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis as they age. To keep us going, exercise is essential, at whatever age we are. A bit of exercise can build up our confidence and improve these significant health issues.
But, it is a fact that as you get older, you no longer have that Herculean strength needed for rigorous exercises. So, how can you still improve flexibility, muscle strength, and overall health?
The answer is power-assisted exercises.
Through our unique, power-assisted machines at Easy Exercising, you’ll experience a gentle full-body workout to stretch those muscles that may have degenerated. The machines carry the bulk of the exercise load so your muscles and bones can exercise without worsening injuries. We let the machines do all the work for you so that your individual, gentle program safely gets you to your goals as quickly as a bench press – without the grunting, stress, or sweat.
If you are experiencing a very limited range of movement, complicated health issues, or are even in the rehabilitation process, power-assisted exercises are the perfect fit for you. There’s no pain, just easy exercise that helps you recover the mobility and body shape you had in your prime in a gentle, sweat-free way.
And, you’d be surprised, our machines can help improve mobility, reduce joint pain, reduce diabetes symptoms, give a healthy recovery from surgery, and even help you lose weight.
Our in-house equipment helps improve flexibility, muscle strength, and overall health. We have a wide variety of exercise and rehabilitation machines, including
- Machines with power assistance.
- Instruments for rehabilitation.
- Treadmills for walking
- Machines for Pneumatic Resistance.
Benefits of power-assisted exercise
Why should you even care? Why should you go as far as letting power-assisted machines help you exercise?
For starters, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many of the health problems that come with age and help you enjoy your later years.
Also, there are so many other reasons to continue exercising with power-assisted exercises, such as:
Regular exercise means more energy
One major thing most older adults struggle with is a decrease in energy levels. If that’s you, then regular exercise can make a real difference in your energy levels.
When you perform power-assisted exercises, your body releases endorphins which help relieve pain, reduce stress and boost your overall sense of well-being according to research documented from the Mayo Clinic.
Hold on a second — another study even showed that as little as a 10-minute exercise every day would massively boost your energy levels even if you had such health conditions as diabetes or cancer. Now you see why power-assisted exercise must be part of your routine.
Improved cardiovascular fitness
Exercise is as important to your heart as air to your lungs. Regular exercise helps your muscles pull more oxygen out of the blood, and reduces the extra burden on the heart to pump more blood to the muscles.
There are so many other benefits of exercise for your heart such as lower blood pressure and reduced risk of inflammation in your body.
Numerous reports from top research institutes such as the Center for Disease Control all suggest that the more physically active or fit individuals are, the lesser the risk of coronary heart diseases compared to those who don’t. These and more highlight how power-assisted exercises can improve your heart health.
It’s a normal aging process: As you get older, your body loses some amount of flexibility. Your joints become more rigid and stiff, there is a loss of water in your tissues and spine, and your muscles become weaker and less elastic. This can lead to muscle fatigue and injuries, poor posture, back pain, and increased risk of falls. Plus, your overall mobility reduces and movement becomes quite difficult.
However, you don’t have to panic. Regular exercise can help increase your flexibility and slow down the rate at which your muscles weaken. Contrary to what people think, you don’t need intense exercise. Even simple power-assisted stretching exercises can positively impact your overall flexibility.
When you exercise regularly, the heart pumps more blood around your body faster and the circulation of blood through your arteries is increased.
By far, the leading cause of death in Australia over the years has been coronary heart disease, which is caused by poor circulation of blood to the heart muscles. And lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of poor circulation. This is why you should prioritise your circulatory health by exercising.
The good news is that you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get blood pumping through your arteries. Simple exercises like walking, yoga, and some power-assisted exercises can boost blood flow throughout your body.
Improves brain function
Despite its numerous benefits to the body, albeit one of the most vital functions of regular exercise is that it can keep your brain healthy too. There are several known benefits of physical exercise to your cognitive health including improving memory and reducing anxiety or depression. It can also help you improve sleep, mood, brain health, and the quality of your life.
If you’re worried about cognitive or memory decline as an older adult, then you should know that regular physical activity can also reduce your risk of cognitive decline, including dementia. An important study found that you are twice less at risk of cognitive decline if you exercise as compared to those who don’t.
By far one of the best ways to lose weight and maintain weight loss is by regular exercise. Power-assisted exercise helps your body burn off excess calories and helps you lose weight.
The truth is, as we get older we get less active, our body metabolism slows down and we develop less muscle mass. Because of all these, our body tends to store up more weight.
You know how uncomfortable it is carrying so much weight, plus it may put you at risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. But with regular exercise, you can increase the number of calories you burn every day and help your body lose weight.
You probably still want to perform certain daily tasks on your own, make your own decisions and do things that make you feel good without help, right?
Regular exercise can improve your mobility, while also reducing joint and muscle pain. It can improve your ability to walk, move, and perform normal tasks on your own.
Social interaction is more important to you than you can ever imagine. Besides helping you form relationships through an inclusive community, it has massive benefits to your health and well-being such as improved brain function and many more.
Unfortunately, many seniors live alone or have lost close family and friends and can be negatively affected by this isolation.
Power-assisted exercise provides a means where you can meet and interact with other older adults like you who have similar interests. You can make friends who will encourage you especially if you are struggling to find the motivation to exercise on your own.
Balance exercises for older adults
Balance exercises strengthen the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core. These kinds of exercises can improve stability and help prevent falls.
As you get older, your balance control declines, and impaired balance is a significant risk factor for falls among older adults. You are especially at risk for accidents involving slips and falls, so it’s necessary to keep your balance well-trained as you get older.
Balance exercises can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence for certain tasks such as walking, dancing, and more.
Simple exercises like 1-Leg Stand, Sit to Stand, and Heel-to-Toe Standing or Walking can massively improve your balance. However, you may not be comfortable performing all of these on your own. Again, power-assisted machines at Easy Exercising can help you improve your core strength and avoid the risk of falls without having to break much sweat.
Resistance exercises for older adults
Resistance exercises help to improve your muscle strength and endurance. As we said earlier, you lose muscle mass and strength as you progress with age. This leads to more frailty and can increase your risk of such diseases as osteoporosis.
With resistance exercises, you can build more resilience, muscle endurance and equally preserve your independence and quality of life.
However, only about 15% of older adults engage in resistance exercises. Quite understandably, many feel these exercises are too painful or they are just too old for such. With the help of power-assisted machines, you can gently build muscle strength without worrying about pain or injury.
Exercise and fitness program for Aged Care Residents
Easy Exercising helps older adults monitor their health, enroll in physical and strengthening activities and maintain their mobility through Aged Care Exercise Programs. We help people age gracefully – and have a lot of fun in the process – and we have the best equipment for doing so.
Our power-assisted exercise machines are unique because of the science behind them. They’ve been meticulously developed and tested over the years by industry leaders and they’re the obvious choice for anyone to shape up without breaking a sweat.
Find out more about our Aged Care Services
There is a reason aged care residents love it at Easy Exercising.
“Love it you don’t feel as though you are exercising and you have trained staff there with you and help you stay on track with a personal programme to suit your needs.”
Here at Easy Exercising, we understand that aging cannot be controlled and is a continuous process. But we also understand that it can be made a much more enjoyable experience simply by being supported with the right kind of exercise for you. Our physical trainers are professionals who help seniors or people with disabilities. Easy Exercising offers you the benefit of trainers, who help with each physical activity because we care about exercise for aged care.
Now you know the huge role power-assisted exercises can play for your health and how you can get the best out of an inclusive community from Easy exercising. So, what’s next for you?
Come and join Australia’s best fitness center for adults here today and enjoy a free trial session.