Senior Exercise

The right kind of muscular strength training is what we all need - especially senior citizens, to be able to maintain mobility and stay independent as long as possible. HUR allows older people to exercise more safely by reducing stress on joints and connective tissues. Using air as resistance overcomes the additional effort required to lift a static weight at the beginning of an exercise and to slow it down it at the end. HUR's air resistance equipment is safe and easy to use, which makes it suitable for everybody. 

Based on the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for the 65 + population, HUR offers the best exercise solutions for older adults. The most effective way to implement an active ageing programme is a set of 10–12 HUR pieces for the strength training, a number or cardiovascular equipment, and a balance platform to measure and implement balance training. The HUR computerized exercise system, which offers more independent and efficient exercise and rehabilitation, becomes the physical activity plan. Read more about the ACSM recommendations and the HUR active ageing programme here.

Close to zero starting resistance, computerized exercise and rehabilitation, as well as automatic resistance increase by 100g/1/4 lbs., makes HUR the best choice for senior exercise.

Model Solutions

The scientific foundation of exercising for the ageing population is new but by now well established. The American College of Sports Medicine recommendations for the 65 + population are as follows:

- 8–10 strengthening exercises, with 10–15 reps / exercise, 2–3 times per week
- Moderately intense aerobic exercise 30 minutes a day / 5 times per week or vigorously intense aerobic exercise 20 minutes a day / 3 times per week.
- If you are at risk of falling, perform balance exercises.
- Have a physical activity plan.

 

The most effective way to implement this is a set of 10–12 HUR pieces for the strength training, a number or cardiovascular equipment, and a balance platform to measure and implement balance training. The HUR computerized exercise system becomes the physical activity plan. 

This kind of setup is also the optimal one from an operational point of view. Thanks to the computerized system one instructor can usually manage the whole group of people. The computerized equipment sets up the proper resistance, counts the repetitions and informs the person when to finish and where to go next. This means that people with dementia or in memory care issues can participate with ease. With conventional equipment you need almost one instructor per person exercising. The system also automatically increases the loads as the person progress and gives a complete documentation or the exercises and progress.  Operationally the HUR computerized exercise system also becomes the backbone of the operations. Staff turnover becomes less of an issue as all the programming still remains in place and people are able to exercise independently.

     

In addition, of crucial importance is the Centre for disease Control study from 2006; 29% of the 60+ and 46% or the 80+ population can’t lift more than 5 kilograms/10 lbs (CDC Research 2006, Centers for Disease Control). These are exactly to people who are most likely to move to a retirement community, assisted living or a skilled nursing community. They are also the ones who might have a challenge to use conventional weight based equipment, as they may not be able to lift even the first weight plate. Therefore you need to start at almost zero load with minimal increments. On the HUR units you are able to even counterbalance the weight of the limb to start at a true zero load. From there onwards the loads increase with 100 gram/1/4 lbs. increments.

However, although the 10–12 pcs set of equipment may be the optimal setup you may start with a few pieces and build it up. In this case the most crucial ones to start with is the legs and more specifically the quadriceps muscle group, to be able to get up from a chairs etc.

The right kind of muscular strength training is what we all need - especially senior citizens, to be able to maintain mobility and stay independent as long as possible. HUR allows older people to exercise more safely by reducing stress on joints and connective tissues. Using air as resistance overcomes the additional effort required to lift a static weight at the beginning of an exercise and to slow it down it at the end. HUR's air resistance equipment is safe and easy to use, which makes it suitable for everybody. 

Why is Senior Exercise important?

The amount of muscular mass decreases about 40 % by the age of 70 and a significant decrease can be seen after 50 years of age. Inactivity causes rapid changes in muscular strength, 3-5% decrease per day in the first week for those patients who are in bedrest. Safe 10-12 weeks senior strength training programs suit very well for example into transitional care package. After the regular exercising period you can expect increased muscle strength for daily activities, benefits for incontinence and mental health.

Muscle weakness is the single most important reason for falls and affects a lot to the quality of life for elderly. The good news is that having adequate fitness equipments, seniors can safely train to get the strength they need. Many of the Australian Falls prevention programs still seem to lack an adequate strength training part. Not keeping in mind that cardiovascular exercise does not prevent the loss of muscle tissue. Falls prevention requires High Speed strength exercise that develops fast muscle cells for quick corrective movements. Recent studies show that there is a direct link from measured muscle strength and weight of a senior that correlates to probability of falls.

 

See more about HUR Falls Prevention Program.

Test – Train – Follow-up

The importance of testing and measurability can of course not be stressed enough when it comes to rehabilitation. HUR delivers high-quality testing machines and functional packages, where tests are incorporated into machines that are in daily use.

In this example we see our multi-functional HUR Pulley machineiBalance platformMonark bicycle ergometer and HUR Leg Extension/Curl machine with isometric test capabilities. 

With the HUR SmartTouch system, we have combined several functions for computerized human performance testing, training and documentation, using state of the art training machines.

Inclusive wellness solutions

In an inclusive wellness facility, it is easy to get on and off machines. The machines can be used safely and independently by as many different users as possible, regardless of ability, while in between machines there is ample room to manoeuvre with various mobility aids. 

HUR equipment is designed in accordance with current requirements for accessibility. The machines are designed to efficiently use space while offering impediment-free accessibility.  Our unique HUR Easy Access machines embody top-design and expand user options far more than more traditional solutions.

PhysioFitness – from patient to member

Clients at rehabilitation facilities will appreciate a quality and professional service and a gym equipped with safe and professional-grade machines. Following rehabilitation, many clients wish to continue training in a familiar and safe environment, where if needed help and individual guidance are readily available. 

HUR PhysioFitness is a model that in all equipment and spatial solutions takes into account not only normal rehabilitation functions but also allows for a broader use of the training locale. After rehabilitation, clients become loyal clients, which results in more satisfied clients and economic viability. With our computerized HUR SmartTouch machines, all additional services can be professionally and cost-effectively implemented with minor use of staff resources.

 

Use your space effectively

The advanced design of HUR machines allows a functional and versatile gym to fit into a smaller space. HUR machines are effective but small in size and can be placed adjacently to walls. Many of our machines are dual-function: for example, our knee extension-flexion or hip abduction-adduction machines.

HUR machines are designed to serve the entire spectrum of gym clients, from beginners to routine exercisers. SmartZone is a clever solution that makes fitness training more comfortable and, above all, more effective.

 

HUR is an excellent choice for your wellness centre 40+, health club, hotel, company, spa or any organization providing wellness services. Why? HUR equipment and solutions suit every purse and purpose, as well as all ages and abilities.

The proven, safe, high quality machines suitable are thanks to the pneumatic technology suitable for all users. Together with the HUR’s modern computerized system, which allows e.g. follow-up and automatically increase of resistance, you have a clear competitive advantage. It has never been so easy to operate and exercise! 

 

HUR SmartZone – 30 minutes 2 times a week

HUR SmartZone is a complete, stylish training centre suitable for all fitness levels. It provides a full body workout in no more than 30 minutes. 

HUR SmartZone is a complete package with 

  • 9 or 12 pieces of equipment (50 or 63 sq m)

  • Kiosk with touch screen

  • HUR SmartTouch software

 

Inclusive Wellness Solutions

In an inclusive wellness facility, it is easy to get on and off machines. The machines can be used safely and independently by as many different users as possible, regardless of ability, while in between machines there is ample room to manoeuvre with various mobility aids. 

HUR equipment within the HUR Premium Line is designed in accordance with current requirements for accessibility. The machines are designed to efficiently use space while offering impediment-free accessibility.  Our unique HUR Easy Access machines embody top-design and expand user options far more than more traditional solutions.
 

HUR concept gyms

HUR can plan and realize various types of concept gyms. Is your prospective target group women, older people or exercise novices? Perhaps you need a compact solution for a small space?

With HUR’s efficient and space-saving machines, it is possible to furnish your fitness facility stylishly and cost-effectively. Or why not create your own HUR machine section, as part of a larger facility? HUR SmartZone is a turnkey package.

Layout and products

The user experience can be greatly influenced by a facility’s layout, equipment and professional staff. In the past, machines have been grouped by type and typically set up in separate areas. The current trend is that machines are now grouped to facilitate training programs: also a preferred set-up for groups requesting their own environment. With HUR you can realize a stylish and safe environment suitable for all ages and abilities.