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10 Healthy Habits for Seniors to Feel More Fantastic

You’ve lived a life filled with the complex experiences that have made you who you are today. How would it be to feel completely empowered to feel even better, more vibrant, robust, and joyful? Cultivating habits for wellness creates a foundation for positive growth and builds upon itself for even greater rewards. Who wouldn’t want that?

A recent study in the European Journal of Social Psychology tried to answer a burning question… Continue reading…

Resistance Training

The Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance Training Brings Physical, Cognitive and Financial Benefits

For the old and very old, resistance training holds the key for prolonged wellbeing – with gains in muscle strength that translate to improved capacity in activities of daily living. Evidence also suggests a reduced risk of disease symptoms including dementia and osteoporosis, and improved social inclusion, dignity and quality of life that further translates to a reduction in carer needs and burden. (Read More)

 

Age and Balance

The Effects of Obesity and Age on Balance

Relationship of Balance and Obesity Measures – Using HUR iBalance Equipment

Dong-Joon Choi
Dept. of Ergonomic Therapy, The Graduate School of Health and Environment, Yonsei University

Abstract

Background: This study was to investigate a relationship among the balance abilities including dynamic balance, static length, and static area and the general demographic characteristics related to the obesity including age, height, weight and sex, waist circumference (WC) and waist hip ratio (WHR), and body mass index (BMI), which is most widely used.

Methods:

This study was started in October, 2012 and was finished in June, 2013. A total of sixty-one healthy adults who resided in Seoul and Gyeonggi province were chosen in the convenience sampling method. We collected the waist and hips circumferences, the height and weight of the participants to understand the degree of obesity. Also, we measured the sum of each tilt angles of front, back, left and right sides for dynamic balance and measured the length and area of COP line for static balance using a balance device. The data was collected and analyzed using SPSS 18.0 statistical package program.

Normal group and obesity group was divided by measured WC and WHR values. The results showed that the dynamic balance (p<0.05) and the static length(p<0.01) were significantly different in both WC and WHR. Dynamic balance was estimated by the following model: Dynamic balance = 72.497-(0.048×age)-(16.681×height)+(0.586×weight)-(1.127×BMI)-(0.287×WC)-(8.621×WHR)-(0.516×sex) (male=0, female=1) (R2 =0.727, p<0.01).

Results: The WC was the only significant variable(p=0.005) in the dynamic balance model while the age being the only significant variable in static balance model.

Interpretation: In conclusion, WC and WHR was the most relevant method that distinguished the normal group from the obese group as it related to dynamic balance.  Also it was observed that the static balance ability decreased with aging.

Miss Norma

A Legacy of RESULTS!

Residents who exercise with HUR at Legacy senior living communities in Texas and Florida report an average strength increase of 286%.  Yes . . . 286%!  Charles Turner, president of Lifewell Senior Living, and Schon Alkire, manager of lifestyle innovation, report that the impressive numbers, recorded by HUR’s Smart technology, contribute to a reduction in falls, alleviate depression, help manage physical pain and improve lives.

“With HUR strength equipment and Smart technology we can produce measurable outcomes to demonstrate that we provide great care for our residents,” says Turner.  “We don’t just say we care . . . we  can show we care.”

Schon is quick to point out that using the technology to track and document changes over time is great, but knowing the difference the Legacy fitness program and HUR equipment has made in the lives of individual residents is even better. Take for example, Miss Norma who initially needed assistance getting out of bed. She now works out daily, has had a 1,500 percent improvement in strength and credits the Legacy fitness program with changing her life.  And then there is Mr. Joe who was wheelchair-bound. Determined to walk again, he works out regularly with the HUR equipment and now struts off to the dining room on his own two feet.

“With HUR strength equipment we can demonstrate our remarkable outcomes and further our goal of providing connected, active and purposeful lifestyles for older adults,” says Dean Mattsson, Chief Operating Officer, Lifewell Senior Living.

Find out more about regaining vitality and maintaining a healthy lifestyle at Legacy.

 

Mr Joe Miss Norma

Miss Norma and Mr. Joe experienced life-changing results with HUR.

iBalance Testing and Training

Fall Risk Assessment

Medio-lateral Sway, Strength and Gait Speed for Elderly Fallers and Non-fallers – Using HUR iBalance Testing Equipment

Frank Borg, Gerd Laxaback, Magnus Bjorkgren
University of Jyvaskyla, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Health Sciences Unit

Abstract

Background: We describe a retrospective study on balance, strength and gait speed for elderly fallers and non-fallers. The emphasis is on diagnostic assessment of fallers for preventing future falls.

Methods: Participants (fallers: n = 37; non-fallers: n = 58) were recruited among community dwelling home health care clients aged 65 years or older, and were classified as fallers (F) and non-fallers (NF) based on their fall history. A comprehensive assessment protocol was designed involving an interview, Berg Balance Scale (BBS), force plate balance tests, visual gait analysis, and leg strength measurements.

Results: An increased risk of falling was associated with a slower gait and an increased lateral sway during provoked standing. The BBS also differed between the groups. Slower gait was correlated with weaker leg extension and hip abduction.

Interpretation: The balance test on foam, leg strength test, and the gait speed measurement can be useful in characterizing fall risk persons. They can be employed for targeting and assessing the progress of fall prevention training. The balance test suggests that the difference between fallers and non-fallers can best be revealed by tests that are sufficiently challenging. The degrees of challenge can be increased by adding “stressors.”

Medio-lateral sway, strength and gait speed for elderly fallers and non-fallers

Premium

Rehabilitation for Diabetics

Rehabilitation for Diabetics – Using HUR Strength Training Equipment

Ursula Pajula, Sini ValtanenKing
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Research Description: The purpose of this thesis was to investigate how 12 weeks of progressive resistance training three times per week with HUR pneumatic machines affect on glycemic control, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and muscle mass in tablet-treated non-insulin dependent (NIDDM), type 2 diabetic patients.

Results: The most changes occurred in subjects’ muscle mass. Men improved their results in repetition maximum tests with 12-25 percent. Women improved their results with 6-24 percent in four of the five repetition maximum tests. On average, the subjects felt the resistance training had affected positively on their health status and physical fitness.

The Effects of 12 weeks Progressive Resistance Training on Glycemic Control with Type 2 Tablet-Treated NIDDM Patients (2010)

 

Strength Training

Does Strength Training Help You Live Longer?

In a word—YES!

A recent Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center study suggests that older adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 percent lower odds of death for any reason than those who did not. When the researchers adjusted for demographic variables, health behaviors and health conditions, a statistically significant effect on mortality remained.

The study is strong evidence that strength training in older adults is beneficial beyond improving muscle strength and physical function, the researchers said.

“We need to identify more ways that we can help get people engaged in strength training so we can increase the number from just under 10 percent to a much higher percentage of our older adults who are engaged in these activities,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences, Penn State College of Medicine.

For more information or for a copy of the study please contact us.

Lat Pull

Rehabilitation for Kidney Disease

Rehabilitation for Kidney Disease – Using HUR Leg Extension Curl, Lat Pull, Leg Press Equipment

Kengi Higuchi, Akira Kubo, Daisuke Shimon, Hiroshi Tsuda, Yasunori Utsunomiya, Masahiro Abo
Department of Rehabilitation, The Jikei Kashiwa Hospital; Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Science, International Univ of Health and Welfare;Department of Rehab,The Jikei University Hospital; Physio Center, Inter Reha; Division of Kidney and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, The Jikei University of School of Medicine; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine

Research Description: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of aerobic and resistance exercise for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Three patients with CKD stage 2, 3, and 4 performed aerobic exercise for 30 minutes on a bicycle ergometer with a workload within the anaerobic threshold and performed resistance exercise for a maximum of 10 repetitions.

Results: Consequently, body function, physical activity performance, and lipid profiles were also improved. Therefore, our aerobic and resistance exercise program can be performed safely and may be considered useful for patients with CKD, although the efficacy of the protocol needs to be confirmed in a large number of patients.

The Efficacy of supervised 6-month Aerobic and Resistance Exercise Program in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (2013)

 

Customer Satisfaction

Exercise Mode and Gender Research

Exercise Mode and Gender Research – Using HUR Strength Training Equipment

King, Neil A., Byrne, Nuala M., Hunt, Andrew P., & Hills, Andrew P
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Research Description: The purpose of this study was to compare the amount of exercise prescribed with the amount completed between two different modes of training intervention and gender.

Results: The study’s data suggest that overweight and obese individuals participating in light-resistance circuit training completed more exercise than prescribed. Men and women do not differ in the extent to which they over- or under-complete prescribed exercise.

Comparing Exercise Prescribed with Exercise Completed: Effects of Gender and Exercise Mode (2010)