Personal Training for Seniors
Personal Trainers for Seniors
Personal Trainers for Seniors
Because exercise has been proven to increase vitality and energy, lower the risk of disease, and prolong life, an exercise program should be a part of every seniors life. HomeBodies specializes in understanding the body as it ages. Our certified and experiened NYC Personal Trainers can provide a safe, effective workout for anyone regardless of age. HomeBodies has been providing personal trainers for seniors for over 25 years and we have a variety of senior programs designed to meet your fitness needs.
HomeBodies is committed to providing the very best personal trainers for seniors. As part of this commitment, we recommend that you check with your doctor prior to starting an exercise program with one of our personal trainers. Rest assured, our personal trainers can work around any illness or injury in order to provide you with a fitness routine that is right for you and your abilities.
Fitness for Seniors
The National Institute on Aging recommends that "all seniors should get at least 30 minutes of some form of exercise per day as even moderate exercise can improve the health of seniors, who are weak, frail, or have diseases associated with aging." Exercise is important for good senior health because it:
The health benefits are overwhelming, and supported by numerous studies. Learn more about Fitness for Seniors. Ponce De Leon never found the fountain of youth, but Jack LaLane found Anti Aging Fitness.
"In my experience in working with seniors, I have always noticed how happy and good spirited seniors become after beginning a personal training program.
I honestly won't say I see a cheerful glow on the first few visits, but once exercise becomes part of your lifestyle, I have personally seen it lift people from depression.
The energy and vitality you get back from exercising by using proper technique, is a benefit that extends throughout your day and week."
"Exercise is such a part of my life. I could not do it on my own. The trainers at Homebodies are knowledgeable, nice and encouraging. They get me to the gym!"
-Edgar M. Cullman, Jr.
Homebodies and Elizabeth Crutchfield really helped guide me to a much healthier and happier lifestyle.
Through the gentle guidance of the Homebodies Coaching Program, I became much more conscious of my need to “eat and think” healthy and the importance of having both nutrition and exercise in my life.
I feel great. Thank you Homebodies!
-Leslie Knox Johnson,
New York City
- Strengthens Muscles: Muscle mass decreases as a person ages. Muscle mass reduces by 1 percent per year after the age of 30 and 2 percent after the age of 50. Light strength training can improve muscle mass by over 3.8 percent and strength by over 113 percent at the end of 10 weeks in seniors aged 60-98.
- Increases Flexibility and Balance: The most common injury for seniors is a slip-and-fall that breaks a hip. These accidents usually occur in the home of the senior. By increasing flexibility and balance, seniors are less likely to fall and break a hip. It has been proven that seniors who suffer a fall become more fragile than those who don’t and also suffer from an increased risk of dementia and depression.
- Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Pressure: High cholesterol and high blood pressure are two of the most common complaints of seniors. Regular exercise is shown to reduce both and improve senior health.
- Eases Stiffness and Pain in the Joints: Each year, millions of seniors are disabled by various forms of arthritis. Exercise has been shown to ease the stiffness and the pain of arthritis as the joints stretch and become flexible.
At HomeBodies, we know a senior fitness program provides not only strong bones, a healthy heart, flexibility and balance, but also provides additional benefits seniors may not realize.
According to the CDC, an exercise program for seniors provides them with more benefits than an exercise program for young adults. A fitness for senior program can:
- Increase mental capacity, resulting in a lower number of seniors with Alzheimers and dementia
- Prevent diseases such as diabetes, colon cancer, stroke, and may reduce the number of times a senior is hospitalized
- Increase the healing process of wounds by up to 25 percent faster, as well as decrease "thin skin syndrome" that results in bleeding tears in the skin of seniors
- Increase life expectancy by up to as much as twenty years
- Aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of heart attack
Anti Aging Fitness
Even seniors who are over the age of 80 can benefit from an exercise program. At HomeBodies, we have personal trainers who specialize in senior exercises. We provide:
- Strength training for seniors has been shown to reverse the signs of muscle atrophy. HomeBodies personal trainers can help seniors choose a customized strength training program that includes a proper warm-up and cool-down, along with exercises that are customized to their bodies. Our personal trainers modify the exercise routine often in order to keep our seniors enthusiastic about their training and thus keep them active.
- Yoga and Pilates are wonderful exercises for seniors. Both are holistic exercises that stimulate the mind, body, and spirit. Both yoga and Pilates increase flexibility and posture, which helps seniors breathe deeper. The relaxation portions of each exercise also helps seniors obtain a deeper and more restful sleep.
- Cardio training a vital part of a program made up of senior exercises. Seniors who walk at a moderate pace for at least two miles a day live up to six years longer than those who either do not walk at all or walk one mile daily. A HomeBodies personal trainer can work with you to build up to the correct amount of cardio you need each week.
We know senior exercises should be a combination of each of these types of programs. We also know that personal training for seniors can result in anti aging fitness. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce the signs of aging both on the outside of the body and the inside.
In fact, science has concluded that seniors who exercise on a regular, daily basis have DNA that is up to nine years younger than those who do not exercise.
In addition, personal training for seniors results in seniors who are happier, more active, and who eat correctly. A well-balanced diet is also necessary for anti aging fitness. HomeBodies personal trainers are experienced in fitness and nutrition counseling.
If you want to live a longer, more productive life, Contact HomeBodies today and see how our personal trainers can help you make the most of your senior years. Just give us a short amount of time, you'll see how healthy you can feel.
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This page was last updated: 12/4/2013
Meet a HomeBodies
Personal Trainer, Karin
Karin is passionate about fitness and aspires to instill that passion and dedication in her clients. In addition to holding a certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, worked as a Master Trainer for IM=X Pilates. Inc, teaching courses throughout the country and internationally, for over 4 years.
Before coming to work for Homebodies, Karin also taught group exercise classes in Spinning, Aerobics, Step, Urban Rebounding, and Physio -Ball. She continues to educate herself by attending courses at the Kane School of Core Integration, Kinected Pilates, and The Massage Space (myofascial and stretching techniques).
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