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FITNESS FOR OLDER ADULTS – FITNESS TRENDS OF 2019
An international study by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)’s Health & Fitness Journal has found fitness for older adults to once again be a trending topic for the future of the industry. Below, Escape looks at some of the incredible initiatives being taken by fitness professionals, gyms and personal trainers to increase the wellbeing of members and clients at any age.
The Worldwide Survey Of Fitness Trends found “[Fitness for older adults] is a trend that emphasizes and caters to the fitness needs of the Baby Boom and older generations. These individuals in general have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts, and fitness clubs may capitalize on this growing market
“People are living longer, working longer, and remaining healthy and active much longer. This trend is making a strong return after being in the top 10 since 2007 (when it was the #2 trend) before dropping to #11 for 2017. Last year, fitness programs for older adults was the #9 trend.”
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Better fitness as we get older.
Many gyms and fitness spaces around the world are already catering to ageing members, providing incredible facilities for not just middle aged to the elderly, but also anyone suffering from mental health issues.
At the heart of its surrounding communities, LiveWire Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub in Warrington, UK provides inclusive and accessible fitness to anyone, in a friendly environment.
Low impact activities, rehab, and circuit training classes are on offer, surrounding an Escape Octagon workout frame, kettlebells, suspension training and other accessories.
LiveWire managing director Emma Hutchinson told Health Club Management:
“As our ageing population increases, so will the need for accessible, dementia-friendly environments and we’re determined to lead the way in designing and building facilities that acknowledge this challenge.”
Over 80 years old working out in a UFC GYM.
You wouldn’t usually associate someone over 80 years old with anything that mentions UFC. However, Carolyn Webb’s performance at UFC GYM Huntington Beach is proof of how movement can help the masses at any age.
Carolyn explains what motivated her to get in the gym and take advantage of fitness programmes for older adults: “I started working out because a doctor told me I had no hope. Now I’m walking better and I’m sleeping better.”
Fitness and fun in care homes.
Andy Lewis founded Ride! in 2011 to offer tailored cycling, exercise classes and mentor-led experiences to those suffering with mental health disabilities.
Today, Ride! is a fitness business specialising in offering exercise and fitness programmes across the mental health spectrum and delivers classes in specialist MH units, in residential care homes, in dementia wards of care homes and to private clients with a variety of MH challenges including depression, anxiety and addictive behaviour.
A keen cycler in his youth, 75 year-old Alan Gibbs came up with the idea of cycling from Land’s End to John O'Groats on a static bike in Cypress Court Care Home. Andy helped facilitate this challenge.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Alan,” said Andy Lewis. “His effort and commitment are unbelievable. We wanted to make this as true a test as possible so I have stuck carefully to the actual Land’s End to John O’Groats route and added in hills where appropriate. We also have a good laugh together discussing which pub we might stop at each night and admiring local landmarks as we ‘pass’.
“The other residents at Cypress Court have been fantastic in their support. They love to see Alan doing his thing on the bike and there’s a great atmosphere in the room as they cheer him on. Alan is a great example of what can be achieved in a care home setting if you think creatively with the individual in mind. It’s been a privilege to be involved and witness Alan’s pride as he progresses.”
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