Just finished training with my 82 year old independent living client and
feel inspired to write a blog. This is only our forth session and can
already see so many improvements in so many area’s.
Posture – By session 3 you could see improvements in her posture. Her
form doing exercises has greatly improved and she has even began to
correct poor posture without needing a cue.
Balance. When she first started exercising all of her one leg exercises
where done while holding on to something. Now she can do full calf raises
and step ups without needing to hold on to anything
Flexibility – She has improved in her hip flexibility greatly. While doing
dead lifts she said that she felt she could reach further down within five
repetitions. Her range of motion in her shoulders are also improving.
Confidence- She is also more confident with the movement that she is
doing. Not using anything to stabilize herself while doing the step up
exercise was her idea. She wants to push her self and she wants to
Memorization – Since we have been working with her for 4 weeks she is
memorizing the exercises, what she has to do for them, and what apart of
the body they work. This recall is also a benefit because she is making
associations with the exercise. She is also very aware of how exercises
translate to tasks throughout day to day life.
All of these area’s are extremely important for doing day to day tasks and
continuing to live independently. During the session she also said that
she tries harder and feels more comfortable when I am with her as opposed
to being alone. She says it’s nice to have someone cheering her on, to
explain the exercises and to correct mistakes. Her enthusiasm and
dedication is greatly rewarding. I can’t wait to see what the future
training sessions hold, but this was defiantly a good day for my books.
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