Senior Citizens and Resistance Bands Training

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We often hear about how resistance bands can be beneficial for the health for adults and young people alike, but what about the older adults, the elderly? Are they comfortable using them, or is it too demanding? What are their concerns and how can we solve them? What are the benefits and how should they go about it? All of these questions are rarely tackled, but it’s going to change!

How to Train with Resistance Bands

They allow you to unload momentum in weight bearing at the hips and using the hip attachment setup, which lets you exercise on different supports. Using your free hand in a unilateral upper body training made for a third contact point, with the prospect of being able to put it down when you’d be stronger. Bands make for a stand-by assistant, providing an additional support as they can be loaded at the hips, which makes seniors work on reaching drills and locomotions. It is also better to go gradually with the cords, starting from the orange micro-bands (5 pounds of resistance only), to red, and then black. It is both safe and motivating.

What Are Bands and How Many Types Are There?

Exercise bands a.k.a. resistance bands are strips of either dipped or extruded rubber (or latex) that build muscles through tension levels. Usually color-coded, bands vary in forms and accessories, along with the resistance levels they allow. There are three types and they differ due to their shape and focus of training:

  • Tube: They’re fitted for an upper body muscles and the sides. The length of the material (rubber or cord) might vary and so does the resistance level. Usually, they come with a few accessories, such as foamy handles, cuffs, ankle straps, etc.
  • Loop: As for these, the ends of their flat and long latex strips are stuck together, thus forming a loop. They’re specifically made to exercise the lower body, including your ankles around which they can be looped. They’re also a plus for people in rehabilitation and physical therapy, even though they’re harder to manipulate because they lack handles.
  • Flat: Varying in length depending on their utilization and your level, these strips made of rubber make for good lower body exercises and have no trouble adhering to the body. They’re also generally cheaper than tubes without the accessories.

Their Main Concern

Most elderly fear the very prospect of falling, so in order to make them train and gain from all the benefits resistance bands provide, you must them feel safe and be certain that they won’t slip, trip, or fall and hurt themselves. Otherwise, you will never convince them to exercise, even if it’s for a better health status. Show them with the resistance bands how safe it is and how you can make sure they don’t need to be afraid for it is quite stable.

The Benefits

Older adults will most certainly find benefits in using resistance tubes for their training as the positive points you gain from fitness training have stayed the same; however, some have been discovered over the years such as being helpful in rehabilitation and physical therapy. Their construction methods have also been changed, from extruded rubber to it being dipped, producing a more resistant and stronger band.

Daily life: By increasing muscle and bone strength, even if only a little, performing your daily activities is going to be easier and more pleasant, such as walking, taking your grandchildren in your arms, or lifting your bags, etc.

Health: It’s known to decrease the pain of arthritis and back pain, to restore balance and reduce the falls, improve the control of glucose, sleep quality, lower the risk of heart disease. It also helps with a healthy state of mind, maintaining your proper weight, and increasing bone density (its strengthening). They are useful in rehabilitation and physical therapies as well.

Vitality:  You’ll feel energized and have more balance and flexibility. Your bones will be strengthened, your state of mind is going to be healthier, and that goes without mentioning that exercising using tubes helps in keeping a good weight.

Fitness: Cords will keep your weight more stabilized and reduce your falls, along with a healthier heart (in a better shape for a higher aerobic capacity) and strengthened bones to improve your balance and flexibility.

Age Is No Problem

People think that old age is a workout and body health impediment, but you cannot say no to resistance tubes! Once you’re certain you won’t fall, the exercises will actually help you in your everyday life, from casual chores to pleasant moments with your grandchildren. Anyone can train using these, and older adults will find them quite useful as they’ll feel more energetic and healthy, ready to stand up multiple times a day when before it was impossible due to the pain of arthritis. Seniors have their rights to good health and exercise, and cords are the perfect answer to that!We often hear about how resistance bands can be beneficial for the health for adults and young people alike, but what about the older adults, the elderly? Are they comfortable using them, or is it too demanding? What are their concerns and how can we solve them? What are the benefits and how should they go about it? All of these questions are rarely tackled, but it’s going to change!

How to Train with Tubes When You’re a Senior Citizen

They allow you to unload momentum in weight bearing at the hips and using the hip attachment setup, which lets you exercise on different supports. Using your free hand in a unilateral upper body training made for a third contact point, with the prospect of being able to put it down when you’d be stronger. Bands make for a stand-by assistant, providing an additional support as they can be loaded at the hips, which makes seniors work on reaching drills and locomotions. It is also better to go gradually with the cords, starting from the orange micro-bands (5 pounds of resistance only), to red, and then black. It is both safe and motivating.

Resistance Bands and Their Types

They’re strips of either dipped or extruded rubber (or latex) that build muscles through tension levels. Usually color-coded, bands vary in forms and accessories, along with the resistance levels they allow. There are three types and they differ due to their shape and focus of training:

  • Tube: They’re fitted for an upper body muscles and the sides. The length of the material (rubber or cord) might vary and so does the resistance level. Usually, they come with a few accessories, such as foamy handles, cuffs, ankle straps, etc.
  • Loop: As for these, the ends of their flat and long latex strips are stuck together, thus forming a loop. They’re specifically made to exercise the lower body, including your ankles around which they can be looped. They’re also a plus for people in rehabilitation and physical therapy, even though they’re harder to manipulate because they lack handles.
  • Flat: Varying in length depending on their utilization and your level, these strips made of rubber make for good lower body exercises and have no trouble adhering to the body. They’re also generally cheaper than tubes without the accessories.

Their Main Concern

Most elderly fear the very prospect of falling, so in order to make them train and gain from all the benefits resistance bands provide, you must them feel safe and be certain that they won’t slip, trip, or fall and hurt themselves. Otherwise, you will never convince them to exercise, even if it’s for a better health status. Show them with the resistance bands how safe it is and how you can make sure they don’t need to be afraid for it is quite stable.

The Benefits

Older adults will most certainly find benefits in using resistance tubes for their training as the positive points you gain from fitness training have stayed the same; however, some have been discovered over the years such as being helpful in rehabilitation and physical therapy. Their construction methods have also been changed, from extruded rubber to it being dipped, producing a more resistant and stronger band.

Daily life: By increasing muscle and bone strength, even if only a little, performing your daily activities is going to be easier and more pleasant, such as walking, taking your grandchildren in your arms, or lifting your bags, etc.

Health: It’s known to decrease the pain of arthritis and back pain, to restore balance and reduce the falls, improve the control of glucose, sleep quality, lower the risk of heart disease. It also helps with a healthy state of mind, maintaining your proper weight, and increasing bone density (its strengthening). They are useful in rehabilitation and physical therapies as well.

Vitality:  You’ll feel energized and have more balance and flexibility. Your bones will be strengthened, your state of mind is going to be healthier, and that goes without mentioning that exercising using tubes helps in keeping a good weight.

Fitness: Cords will keep your weight more stabilized and reduce your falls, along with a healthier heart (in a better shape for a higher aerobic capacity) and strengthened bones to improve your balance and flexibility.

Age Is No Problem

People think that old age is a workout and body health impediment, but you cannot say no to resistance tubes! Once you’re certain you won’t fall, the exercises will actually help you in your everyday life, from casual chores to pleasant moments with your grandchildren. Anyone can train using these, and older adults will find them quite useful as they’ll feel more energetic and healthy, ready to stand up multiple times a day when before it was impossible due to the pain of arthritis. Seniors have their rights to good health and exercise, and cords are the perfect answer to that!

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