While fitness spaces can differ greatly in their shapes and sizes for every senior living community, it is a norm for these communities to cater a dedicated area towards exercise equipment for the residents’ use. It’s also typical for them to include group or personalized exercise classes in their activity programs. However, most communities don’t offer more than just these, here are some considerations to elevate your fitness and exercise routines in a senior living community fitness center.
Senior Fitness Tests
Getting a measure of the residents’ basic fitness level is a good way of understanding the amount of progress that can be made through the fitness center programs. Senior fitness testing can provide the necessary results and can feed well into the provision of an exercise prescription service.
To conduct fitness tests, expensive software isn’t needed and can still produce the required results for participants. The equipment used in the different tests is also comparably affordable and inexpensive. This can include things like a timer, cones in varying sizes, a step bench, and several other types of equipment. Additionally, residents of senior living communities can use the aggregate fitness test data to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses while taking part in the fitness program. Through this, the fitness programs and classes can appropriately address their weaker areas and help improve their fitness needs, thus improving individual results.
Fitness centers in a senior living community should look to establish an enrolment program within their database of active participants. This is useful for the team to precisely monitor the utilization of fitness programs and services in older adults. They’ll be able to find out how often residents are participating in each program and who are using it. This would allow for an individualized plan for each resident based on their required needs and current situation. Regular participants who may have recently stopped or decreased their activity can receive messages or reminders by our team to return to our fitness programs again.
Fitness centers should also serve to protect their residents by adhering to the required safety and management standards to ensure the fitness programs are beneficial and successful for both residents as well as the community.
A majority of community residents don’t follow a regular exercise routine beyond their lives within the community. It can get pressurizing or terrifying for some to use a piece of equipment like the recumbent bike or the treadmill. Some of these fears can be allayed by providing participants with a fitness expert to devise a personalized exercise program for a beginner to fully understand how they can utilize the different equipment. Subsequent commitment and support to the exercise prescription service mentioned above can exemplify the community’s obligation to improve overall physical wellness in the community.
Live Independently at Conservatory At Plano (CAP)
If you or your loved one want to live actively and affordably without daily maintenance, our senior independent living community will be an ideal solution! At Conservatory At Plano, our diverse amenities allow our residents to socialize in daily events, learn new skills, enjoy their favorite hobbies, and even exercise in our senior-equipped fitness and wellness center. Contact us to find out more about our programs.