2. Group Exercise Classes Provide Certified Trainers
In structured multi-person classes, participants can benefit from a certified trainer’s expertise and encouragement, often for a fraction of the price of one-on-one sessions. Offerings designed specifically for the needs of older adults are on the rise, according to the American College of Sport Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends from 2012.
These include the internationally recognized strength and balance courses Otago (for older or frailer people) and Falls Management Exercise (FaME; for younger or more active seniors). Consisting of a series of strength exercises (such as calf raises) and balance exercises (such as walking backwards), both programs target the muscles and skills that will help participants avoid and, if necessary, control falls.