What Is Your Number? Do You Know?
By Jackie Halbin,
Lakeview Village Wellness Manager
Maintaining strength, endurance, balance and flexibility is very important in our lives, no matter what the age – so stop thinking this is for the athlete or the fittest of the fit – it is for YOU! How do we know if we need to maintain or improve our abilities? How do we know if your functional fitness is up to par for our age? We need to test, of course!
The Senior Fitness Test is a great way to assess your level of fitness or function. The SFT was designed to give adults older than 60 a simple, easy way to measure performance through a series of six tasks. The tasks were chosen as they relate to the way we move and perform during our normal daily activities, which then transfer over to any other types of fitness or athletic activities we perform. The SFT is safe, enjoyable, and meets scientific standards for reliability and validity. The test was performed on more than 7,000 men and women ages 60 to 94 to derive the standards.
So how does all this relate to Lakeview Village? Well, for one we perform the assessment and highly suggest everyone be tested at least twice a year. We, your Living Well staff, keep all of your data and give you a nice report of your results. We also provide you with some ideas or ways to continue to improve or maintain your scores. Each time you perform the assessment you will see your baseline data and your current results – so you can see right away what is going on.
We believe in the SFT so much we want you to believe it in it, too. First, if you have not received your assessment, or it has been awhile, please contact any one of the Living Well staff: Jackie, Debbie or Nancy. Also, each month, starting in April, we will introduce a practice station in the Fitness Center at Eastside Terrace where you can perform the exercise as much as you want. All of the instructions, equipment and scorecards will be provided. In May we will introduce the Arm Curl; In June, the 2-Minute Step; In July, the Chair Sit & Reach; In August, the Back Scratch, and in September, the 8-foot Up-and-Go.
I hope you will stop by and try the Chair Stand station in April! Also, get signed up to complete your full assessment so you can start practicing and improve your score!