Training an elderly person

Training an elderly person

The only way an older person can remain healthy, have an active life and stay fit is by working out. Many people tend to think working out entails going to the gym and lifting weights which is not the case. Moderate activity can be constructive in ensuring a person stays healthy, active and most importantly independent. With this in mind, personal trainers working hand in hand with older citizens have to be aware of the challenges they are bound to face. However, it can also be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the trainer. Personal trainers have to assess their clients to make sure they gain as much information as possible. Trainers have to evaluate their client’s health as well as fitness before they undertake any workout.

Older adults have been known to have various complications such as heart problems, limited mobility among others. These complications according to health experts to act as a hindrance to some exercise and thus the trainer needs to be aware of them. By having adequate information, the trainer will be able to identify what type of training the client will perform depending on his/her end goal. If by any chance the trainer suspects the client health is not up to the exercise, he/she can take the client for medical checkups before any training is done.

With regular exercises, many health issues age-related can be avoided thus increasing the longevity of the client. As people begin getting old, the higher the risk of acquiring chronic ailments such as heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, issues such as balance problems or high blood pressure are also experienced. Despite all these challenges that come with getting old, there is a speck of good news as regular exercises will help in regulating these conditions. However, there are instances when an older adult might be reluctant and might not want to exercises. This might be due to their physical condition or the belief that exercise is meant for younger people. As a personal trainer, you must talk to your client and motivate them to begin exercising. You ought to reassure them that everything will be okay if they start exercising. If the client is not convinced, you can explain to them the importance of exercising and the detrimental impacts that come with not exercising.

As a fitness instructor for older citizens, you must perform fitness assessments for all your clients. This will help you gauge your client’s fitness level before and after training. Executing a fitness assessment also helps you as a trainer to develop a training program and maintain the client know their current status. Once both parties are aware of everything, it becomes easier to have a starting point on what to do. A fitness assessment entails various tests such as body composition test which will help determine the client’s body fat. Another analysis done is the muscular strength and muscular endurance test that will help determine the clients exercise program.

As a personal trainer, always remember that assisting a client to undertake any physical activity can make a massive difference to their life and health as they continue aging.


-Written by Barbara Ailstock

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