...Old age should burn and rave at close of day.
The gentle way is not so gentle:
Gentle inactivity leads to > weakness leads to > slower gait speed > decreased balance > decreased energy levels > decreased resistance to injury and illness > increased probability of a fall and serious injury with a grave outcome as a result - a life cut short with a greatly diminished quality of life.
To burn and rave at the close of day:
Increasing strength leads to > increased gait speed > increased balance > stronger muscles and bones > increased endurance and energy levels > increased resistance to illness and injury > decreased likelihood of falling and a greater probability of surviving a fall unscathed - a significantly higher quality of life for far longer in later years.
Generally people are not placed in senior care for being out of breath; it is usually because they are too weak to carry out daily activities safely.
One strength training session a week has been shown to be optimal for strength gains for seniors. With proper strength training you will become stronger, increase your bone density, forestall cognitive decline, lower your blood pressure, and avoid aches and pains. You’ll revitalize impaired mitochondria which means you’ll have the energy you had years earlier. Add all these improvements up; it is like having a fountain of youth.
At Austin Senior Fitness and New Orleans Senior Fitness we work with people of all ages. We use MedX equipment; with its special medical rehab features, we can accommodate those with limiting conditions.
One of our trainers has four clients in their 80s. One of our senior clients went from playing nine of holes of golf every two days to 36 holes of golf over two days. It is never too late to start a strength training program.