Numerous studies show that regular exercise helps slow the aging process, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce symptoms of numerous types of ailments like dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart, and lung diseases. Having a certified trainer for Mom and Dad can help them safely remain more vital, active, and socially engaged.
- Personal training can be done one-on-one or in a group.
- Trainers can work in a variety of settings, including in the home, at a gym, or at parks or community centers.
- Every trainer has a different style and background, and focus
- Fitness and exercise specialists can often provide guidance on issues of mobility, ergonomics, and pain relief.
Fitness and exercise experts help seniors stay active and healthy as they age. These specialists tailor workouts to fit the unique needs of seniors. Personal trainers are used to increase:
- weight loss
This may allow seniors to be more active and independent outside of fitness sessions.
A variety of certifications are available to personal trainers, and do not ensure expertise in the field. Certification programs by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) are generally very reputable. Some trainers specialize in injury rehabilitation, and operate similar to physical therapists.
- Know the type fitness and exercise expert you desire to find.
- Be specific about the personality type, first language, or gender of the person.
- Know the level of engagement the senior is displaying; excited or resident.
- Describe the kind of activities your senior enjoys.
- If your senior is recovering from illness, has the doctor recommended a specific exercise plan to follow?
- Understand what type of specialty the trainer has and what was required to get that certification, e.g. education and experience.
- Describe your clientele; exclusively with senior clients?
- Look for CPR and First Aid certified personnel.
- Know the costs for special needs.
- Request referrals from previous clients.
- If an exercise facility is to be used; check the equipment safety adequacy and accessibility.