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The importance of Maintenance Exercise

Updated: Feb 12

You have worked hard and invested time in exercise training to improve and/or optimize your balance, strength and stamina and are reaping the benefits by experiencing more ease in performing activities of daily living, and maybe less pain and less discomfort. You maybe considering terminating your exercise training sessions, however the worst thing to do is stopping and risk losing everything you worked for.

Preventing, slowing down and minimizing decline:

As an aging adult when you are not able to further gain strength, balance or mobility with exercise training, you are however maintaining and are preventing and/or slowing down accelerated age- and inactivity-related declines, which means you are STILL WINNING! Losses in strength, balance and mobility begin within 2 weeks of insufficient exercise or inactivity, and this leads to increased risk for a falls, injury, frailty and loss of independent living skills.

The exercises that you have been performing during your training sessions with your personal trainer of physical therapist need to be continued three to at least two times a week to preserve those gained skills and holding onto your strength and .stamina If you no longer wish to receive physical therapy or personal training then you need to be prepared to manage your exercise training on your own. Training sessions should be somewhat challenging for you to hold on to that higher level of fitness.

Necessary exercise:

A maintenance exercise training program ensures that you continue to receive the necessary exercises to maintain balance, mobility, prevent falls, muscle strength, joint range of motion, flexibility, energy, sustain your functional independence, slow down and minimize declines. An exercise training program supervised by your health fitness professional ensures correct execution of exercise and adapting exercise program immediately when medical status changes.

Adapting to age-related changes and changes in medical status:

During the maintenance exercise training sessions your health/fitness professional will be able to adjust the exercise program immediately when health or medical status changes or due to the aging process. Some changes or adjustments are subtle others may require more specific changes to continue to meet your unique need.

Prevent progression of medical conditions:

A maintenance exercise program can help minimize the progression of current medical conditions such as arthritis, help maintain bone density and slow down declines in bone density, help maintain circulation, optimize digestion, help maintain blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, help control blood pressure, help medication work better due to good circulation, and much more.

Aging in place, avoiding, postponing or eliminating long-term care:

The ability to perform activities of daily living and functional living skills such as maintenance of strength, balance and mobility has helped many of our clients age in place and avoid or minimize the high cost of longterm care which varies depending on location and amenities. Starting cost in Oregon is at $3.880 per month and can be as high as $12.000 or more a month depending on the amount of care needed.

The health and fitness professional are dedicated to provide ongoing appropriately supervised exercise aimed to help our clients:

  • Maintain skills gained through physical therapy and further enhance and optimize function, fitness and increase a higher level reserve.

  • Slow down age- and disease-related declines in function

  • Prevent falls and injury

  • Prevent frailty, muscle weakness, and instability

  • Improve mood, reduce pain, and feel better

  • Stay independent longer and avoid or postpone assisted living or nursing home care

  • Perform and execute exercises correctly and safely which is especially important with cognitive declines and memory problems

  • Avoid inactivity-related declines in functional ability and health

  • Add years to life and quality of life to the client's years 

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