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Preempting The Fall: Empowering Mature Adults Through Strength Training

“I knew it was just a matter of time before I had a fall.” I hear these words far too often as a gym owner, whispered by clients who belong to an age group that’s often misunderstood—the over-sixties. This isn’t just a fear—it’s an ominous premonition. Falling isn’t a trifling matter, especially for seniors. It can lead to devastating consequences, including impaired mobility, independence loss, and increased vulnerability to health complications.

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The prime culprits behind this increased risk of falls in mature adults are a noticeable shift in balance, reduced joint stability, and frequent tripping due to the inability to lift their feet sufficiently high. All of these issues stem from a single core problem—declining physical strength, with a significant emphasis on the loss of core strength.

Why does the core matter? Think of it as the body’s central pillar—the powerhouse that keeps us upright and stable. It’s the link that connects our upper and lower bodies, and aids in almost every movement we make. As we age, however, our core strength diminishes. When this happens, other, less equipped muscles are forced to pick up the slack. The result is often a destabilized spine, causing compensatory neck and foot problems.

One common issue we observe is the struggle to stand well on one foot, a basic movement crucial to a healthy gait. Standing on one foot accounts for approximately 70% of our gait cycle, thus signifying the importance of maintaining this skill.

Just as you wouldn’t wait for your car to break down before servicing it, the same proactive approach should be applied to your body. As a gym owner with two decades of experience, I’ve had the privilege of helping thousands of people evade potential injuries. They achieved this by committing to regular, guided training sessions designed to enhance core strength and stabilize the body.

My facility specializes in this type of training, focusing on functional methods tailored to the unique needs of mature adults. Unlike traditional workouts, functional training targets the body’s ability to handle day-to-day tasks, from carrying groceries to getting up from a chair, or even preventing falls.

We aim to shift the narrative from the fear-laden “it’s just a matter of time” to a hopeful “I have the power to change my fate.” Our approach is to equip you with the right physical tools, bolstering your body to handle the rigors of aging. The road to better physical health isn’t easy—it requires time, effort, and commitment. But it’s a journey worth taking. After all, isn’t it better to enjoy the golden years without the constant fear of a looming fall?

Falls in older adults are not an inevitability. Instead, it’s the efforts towards prevention, strength building, and stability training that should be considered “just a matter of time.” By addressing these issues head-on, we can indeed take control over our lives, shatter the perception of frailty in later years, and replace it with a picture of strength, balance, and resilience. Call/Txt us and let us help you! (831)236-6199.

Selina Sabha - Owner and trainer of Fusion Fitness Pacific Grove
Selina Sahba

Fusion Fitness Owner, Fitness Writer, Trainer and Massage Therapist

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