6 tests in the gym that relate back to everyday life
March 11, 2016
Why do you exercise?
Is it to lose weight? .... Is it too feel better? .... Is it to become a better athlete? ....
Or is it to move better, avoid injury and stay capable?
While all of the above are great reasons (and motivators) for hitting the gym, today we want to outline the “move better, avoid injury and stay capable” aims. Which, by the way, are all goals we have heard in new client consults at NSS over the last 2 months.
This brings us to the following list of 6 assessments we do here at NSS, more specifically in our Masters Program, that show direct effect in how we move, avoid injury and keep doing what we expect to be able to do.
# 1 Waist-to-Height Ratio Keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height can help increase life expectancy (reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke). This assessment is more accurate than Body Mass Index (BMI), as BMI becomes inaccurate for those that aren’t of average height or build.
# 2 Sit-to-Rise There is a correlation between how many contact points it takes us to sit down and get back up to a standing position and longevity. Being able to get up and off the floor makes it easier to play with grandchildren, do household chores, gardening, etc.
# 3 Back Scratch Flexibility This assessment measures upper body flexibility, which affects your ability to reach for items on a shelf, change a light bulb, or pull a shirt over your head.
# 4 2 Minute Step in Place Used to measure aerobic endurance or physical stamina. Endurance is important for activities such as shopping, walking for a distance, competing daily activities, and traveling. The greater your stamina the more energy you will have and the longer it will take you to fatigue.
# 5 30 Second Chair Stand Test The purpose here is to measure the strength and endurance of the lower body. Lower body strength is important for activities such as getting out of a chair, onto a bus (or other high profile vehicle), out of your car, and rising from a kneeling position.
# 6 Up and Go Test This test measures speed, coordination, agility, and balance while moving. These are important for activities such walking through crowds, maneuvering through changing terrain, or hustling through a crosswalk light.
Are you curious about these 6 tests and how you might do?
Is your goal to move better, avoid injury or stay capable?
Do you want to talk more about how to get better at the above tests, which will no doubt enhance your everyday capabilities?
Are you over 50 years old? (or have a parent or loved one who is?)
Then keep reading...
We are excited to be launching a brand new program here at NSS!!
Our Masters Program (50 yrs and older) includes a specific, one on one, pre-training evaluation, 6 weeks of small group training, followed up with a post-training assessment to quantify improvements.
Beginning with our safe and professional evaluation, participants will work through 10 different assessments to gauge movement and longevity. These 10 tests were hand picked to mimic movements and skills of life that the Masters Program strives to help you remain capable of as time passes.
Our Masters Program training protocol is then based off of the results of these evaluations and the concepts learned via the The Functional Aging Institutes (FAI) Functional Aging Specialists Certification, which focuses on the diverse training needs of individuals 50 and older.
=========================================================== Come Train With Our Functional Aging Specialist - Dawn C. ===========================================================
Functional Aging Specialist education includes how to conduct meaningful assessments, creation of functional training strategies and movement patterns, and development of effective exercise programs.
What does this mean to you?
We have the education and understanding in all the crucial skills when it comes to working with YOU as a member of the 50+ community!
Our Masters Program is set to begin the week of April 4th with individual assessments, followed by small group training which begins on Tuesday, April 12th.
Group training to be conducted:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
The Masters Program is limited to only 5 participants so don’t delay in securing your spot today. Call us at 320-808-9632 or click below to email Dawn about setting up your assessment.