Workout routines for seniors, for the elderly, and the wheel chair bound.
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[Music Playing] I work as a personal trainer now but I used to work as an x-ray tech. in fact, I worked in every major hospital in Chicago probably over 20 orthopedic offices. And I worked as an ER traumatic and one of the things that I saw was a lot of elderly patients coming in with fractures. And unfortunately in no situations a lot of time is we get an older person like that and they come into the hospital with something as simple as a wrist fracture. They end up bed ridden which leads to more complications and things were not a lot worse than they ever had to their sum percentage I believe is 60% of all fractures in the elderly more preventable that comes back to something that we have all been hearing a lot about and that is osteoporosis. So one of the ways that we can come back that is resistance training. And I found through my business as a personal trainer that a lot of people who are wheelchair bound feel like there is nothing that they can do to improve the situation would really nothing can be further from the truth. In fact I teach a class that is designed for people that are in the chair, I actually teach it at an assisted learning center and it is something that is being thought all over my community right now and it is very beneficial. Very, very simple preferably and I will have one of these because my son stole the other one but this is a two pound weight so somewhere about a one or two pound will be a great start no more than that to start out. I am going to use five-pound weights because I have two of them and that will work better. But a couple of tips, even in a seated position I can still do bicyclers and you will notice my motion is very slow I am not swinging the weights. We do not want them swinging the weight because that can fracture lower back also controlling that downward motion is what is also going to give them lean muscle. This resistance training is going to also help their bones. They can do more than just that, if they have the ability to bring their arms up they can do just nice and slow. They can also do some shoulder work. So here doing lateral lifts. They can even do some legwork, what I do to some of my clients, not all of them, they can use the weight or not just to ensample mean less using their own body weight. They can do working their quadriceps. Those that are stronger actually let them put the weight down lower on their knee and then they lift that with their legs. So there is quite a bit of things that they can do to prevent fractures. You know those accidents that happen when they are getting in the shower or if they fall the first thing they are going to do is put their hands down. So, I think that resistance training is very beneficial no matter what age but if you are an elderly person or perhaps you are battling osteoporosis obviously you need to get permission from your doctor to begin that training program. It is very beneficial. If you need any more tips or you need some help just simple questions that you want an answer, you can email me or check out my website at sixweekcore.com we offer personalized training sessions. We also offer this chair work out. We have personal trainers that can do a life cam session with someone who is elderly as well sometimes that kind of one on one instruction really helps as well as the companionship. So those are all options again that is sixweekcore.com, please email me if you have any questions I would be really happy to help you.
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