Unfortunately, as we age, it becomes a little more difficult to hold onto many of the components that comprise fitness, such as flexibility, muscle strength, balance and co-ordination. With these components decreasing with age, there is is often an increase in the risk of injury and the occurence of accidents occuring.
The increased risk of falls and resultant bone fractures and breaks is a real area of concern for aging population groups and medical health care providers alike.
With so many research studies showing such a high correlation between exercise and enhanced quality of life, in both physical and mental sphere, the case for remaining physically active throughout our lives grows stronger every year.
In fact, a recent study published in the September 27 issue of Internal Medicine Archives, looked at the impact a home based exercise program had on a number of women, diagnosed with osteopenia (mild bone density loss), over a period of 7 years.
It concluded that "a home based program of regular exercise can significantly improve balance, gait and functional ability, and lead to fewer fractures..."
Further findings showed that those who participated in the home based program of regular exercise had:
- less postural sway
- faster walking speeds
- no hip fractures compared with 5 in the non-exercise group
- bone density deterioration was the same in both groups
- 1 death while the non-exercise group had 8 deaths
As Coaches and trainers we are both facilitators and educators - experts on the subject of how to lead a balanced and healthy life. As such, we should be motivating and inspiring individuals from all age groups to a lifelong commitment toward exercise and physical activity.