Functional Fitness at 50 and Older Presented by Maureen Hagan BScPT, BA PE ACE, Can-Fit-Pro Certified Your speaker today… Maureen Hagan Physiotherapist IDEA International Program Director of the Year—1998 Vice President- Operations, GoodLife Fitness Clubs, Canada
BScPT, BA PE
ACE, Can-Fit-Pro Certified
Learn how to build a functionally strong body for the golden years of living:
Increases bone density and strength,
Enhances quality of sleep,
Reduces joint stiffness and pain,
Increases lean muscle mass,
Enhances metabolism; body composition,
Decreases risk for aging related injuries and diseases
Increases opportunities to meet and socialize with people and function independently.
Specific benefits associated with functional exercise include (but limited to):
Improves posture and muscular balance,
Improves body control and coordination,
Improves ability to move more effectively and efficiently,
Help prevent risk of overuse injury and falls,
Improves Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s),
Reduces fear of falling commonly associated with declining visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems,
Increases confidence and quality of life.Benefits Associated withFunctional Exercise:
Strength and Stability
Strength (Resistance) training increases:
Strength and Stability
Stability training increases:
*Strength training alone has only a moderate effect of improving balance. The ability to maintain balance involves a complex set of process that require successful integration of multiple components including the sensory system (visual, vestibular and somatosensory) which are not typically influenced by strength training.
*Based on the input from these three systems, the brain sends signals to muscles that make the necessary corrections to maintain balance; if impaired, the body’s ability to maintain balance diminishes and the risk and fear of falling increases.
performing ADL’s, →
stability, power →
Research indicates that our individual cells have a life expectancy of about 120 years. After about the age of 30 every person has the ability to alter their life expectancy by as much as 50 years by participating in regular physical activity.
Weight bearing/Closed “Kinetic Chain” activities:
*Sample 6 week progressive group program available– recommended resources & references
Have you considered the magic of water fitness?
Importance and relationship to everyday life activities (ADL’s),
Benefits that relate to maintaining independent living,
Proper exercise attire and footwear,
Ways to reduce safety hazards in the home or other environments that may results in falls or other injuries,
Alternative functional fitness experiences: Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Water Fitness etc.
Group or partner training
Short term programs/term memberships
Props: chair/counter/cane/wall for support, scarves, paper plates, balloon, string, beach ball etc
Ways to conduct training at home or away; independently
Options for accommodating all levels of ability
Sensitive to marketing and advertising methods (testimonial, newspaper, advertisements, internet)
Bortz, Walter II, MD, “Prevention: A Solution to Combat Rising Health Care Costs”, ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, Nov/Dec 2003. Vol 7, No 6
Hagan, Maureen, “WOW- Women On Weights- Teach a Progressive Strength Class” IDEA Fitness Edge, June 2003
Hagan, Maureen, “FIT-iology—the study of fitness in action”, Volume’s I & II
Lang, Annette, “Functional Movement Screening”, Reebok University
Lynch, Daniel, MS “Preparing for a New Order” ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, Sept/Oct 2003, Vol 7, No 5
Volumes I & II
Mo can be reached at www.mohagan.com