It is all too common for older people to find that they become weaker and less steady as they age. This is due, in part, to the effects of aging on muscles but it is also due to the effects of decreased activity and exercise which can occur from illness, surgeries, arthritis, heart and respiratory diseases as well as neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis.
The reduction in activity and exercise in the elderly usually leads to increased incidents of falls and associated injuries, a decrease in the independence of daily living, and a greater risk of further physical decline and illness. All of which will lead to costly intervention by health professionals, greater dependence on family members, placement in extended care facilities such as assisted living, nursing homes, or the need to hire a home health caregiver.
Compliance in performing any exercise is very important and many elderly patients find it very hard to stay on an exercise program. Many exercise machines are unsafe for the elderly. How many unused treadmills, stair steppers, and exercise bicycles are in homes today? Any exercise performed by the elderly should be comfortable and safe. By using low resistance and high repetition, strength and endurance are improved without the muscle soreness and joint pain that can occur from high resistance exercises. When the exercise can be performed while seated it is safer than standing.
The design intent of the LifeGlider 3000 exercise chair is to improve lower body strength and cardiovascular endurance in a way that is easy and safe for the elderly. Using low resistance and moving through full hip and knee range of motion in a seated platform, the chair is designed to feel very much like a recliner or a rocking chair in comfort. The movement of the body while in the chair is very much like standing up from sitting and sitting back down and the muscles strengthened are the same muscles used in standing up and walking. It is very relaxing and may not seem like an exercise and yet it is.
I highly recommend the LifeGlider for anyone who needs to improve their strength and endurance.
Alan Reitz, PT