10-15% less muscle mass after 5 days of bed rest
"Strength training works, also for the elderly living in a care home", said Andrea Maier, during a Dutch talk show (Zomergasten) on television last Sunday. Andrea Maier is a professor of Gerontology at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. The main message of the interview: When healthy elderly persons stay in bed for five days, they lose on average 10-15% of their muscle mass. A lot of strength training will help to increase muscle mass. Various studies demonstrate that strength training is also beneficial for the older person.
Strength training exercises are often repetitive and many people find them tedious and boring. The SilverFit Newton provides exercises in game form and is designed specifically for the older person. The exercises presented in games are fun and energizing, provide direct positive feedback and motivate elderly to push their boundaries. The Newton can be used on each type of equipment that uses a set of weights, such as the pulley or leg press. With the SilverFit and resistive exercise bands, it is also possible to train strength of the arms. If you are interested to hear more about the SilverFit Newton or the SilverFit at work, please contact us.