Category Archives: Core Fitness
EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Smart Stick
CATEGORY: Flexibility, balance, core and strength training.
PORTABILITY: Unweighted or 5 lbs. 60 inches long. Price range is around $20.00 and up, if you buy more than one. Add this fun piece of equipment to your home gym if you don’t have much space. Stores easily in a closet.
TYPE OF WORKOUT: Multi-directional to develop shoulders, core, thighs, legs. To add challenge, use it in combination with a fitball, or on balance cushions, or a slider.
BENEFITS: Improve balance and range of motion. Develops flexibility in golfers, kayakers, racquet sports, paddlers and more. Lightweight and portable.
HOW TO USE IT: Click the link to Prism Fitness for Smart Stick video demonstrations. Available for purchase here as well.
FALL-RELATED INJURIES SEND A SENIOR TO THE HOSPITAL EVERY 11 SECONDS
National Fall Prevention week is held on the first day of fall every year since 2008. The yearly celebration is sponsored by the National Council on Aging – NCOA.
While falls are not a normal part of aging, they are on the rise, sending someone over 65 to the emergency room, every 11 seconds
Falling is the number one cause of injuries, and deaths from injury, in older Americans, according to the Centers For Disease Control.
Strengthening the core is a number one exercise priority for older adults. Core strength improves balance, quality of life, and the ability to remain independent.
Visit the National Council On Aging website.for more information about National Fall Prevention Awareness.
Click the links to read my blog posts about core strength and aging.
Walking Lunge With Dumbbells For Seniors
Video by Anna Shvets from Pexels
Three Ways To Modify This Exercise: 1) Instead of taking a big step forward, take a smaller step forward and bring both feet together. 2) Don’t use weights. 3) Hold onto a wall during the exercise.
Moving Lunge Benefits: Strengthens thighs, legs and core.
Exercise Do’s and Don’ts
As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If you experience poor balance, this may not be an appropriate exercise for you. If you’re starting an exercise program be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider.
EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Foam Balance Pad
Category: Core Strength, Balance & Stability.
How To Use It: Balance exercises are performed while standing on the pad. Good for seniors who want to improve balance.
Portability: Light and easy to carry and move. Take it on vacation, or business trips.
Benefits: Cost effective method to improve balance by activating the core. Nice addition to a home gym. Lies flat and stores easily in a closet or drawer. May include exercise chart with purchase.
Type Of Workout: Standing Balance
Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.
EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Agility Dots
CATEGORY: Speed, Agility, Balance
HOW TO USE IT: Non-slip flat disks, for use on smooth indoor surface.
PORTABILITY: Available in sets of 6, 10 or 12 dots. Each dot is 10″ in diameter. Dots are lightweight and portable. Toss in a carry bag, or on car seat.
BENEFITS: Improve balance and range of motion. Suitable for any level of fitness, including older adults. Price: around $25.00 for 1 set of 10 disks. Larger sets range $30.00 to $40.00.
TYPE OF WORKOUT: Hops, jumps and balance drills. For increased challenge, use more than 1 set, and/or combine with Agility Ladders and Rings. Excellent for seniors who want to improve balance.
Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.