Strength training also called
burns calories and impedes bone and muscle loss. Strength training
helps prevent disease, creates strength, boosts energy levels and
improves mood, posture and balance.
Flexibility training improves the ability to
move about, by increasing the range of motion in the joints and
lengthening the muscles. This assists with preventing mobility loss
so that one is better able to do daily tasks. The stiffness that
increases with age is greatly improved with flexibility exercises.
Cardio training also called
works the heart and lungs. The heart is a muscle and like other
muscles needs to be exercised on a regular basis to keep it strong.
Cardio training increases endurance, improves blood flow,
burns calories, reduces health risks, helps manage chronic
conditions and increases longevity.
Having energy, strength, flexibility and balance
are the keys to maintaining your independence and active
lifestyle as you age.
How often should I exercise? The recommendation is
cardio training 3-5 days a week with strength training 2
days a week and flexibility work daily.
Can I workout with my friend/spouse? Yes, having a
fitness buddy helps maintain motivation. Do I have enough
space in my home to workout? As long as you have an area
you can lie down comfortably, we are good.
What should I expect from an exercise session? The
first time we meet is for the confidential consultation. We
discuss your goals and your health. I take a medical
history followed by an assessment to see which exercises to
plan for you. I will be empathetic to your needs and
concerns and answer any of your questions. You will need
to ask your doctor for medical clearance and if there are
any medical limitations while exercising. This meeting
usually takes 1 – 1 ½ hours. The next 1 hour session
starts with a warm up to prepare your body for the
exercises. I demonstrate all exercises and explain them
competely and frequently. Not everyone is the same, so I
modifying the exercises for your specific needs. We work
the whole body and also do balance exercises. The last part
is flexibility exercises and stretching. I answer all
questions and explain everything in detail, so that you
understand and learn.