Outdoor Fitness & Exercise Equipment for Seniors


As we get older, many of us will find that our bodies do not operate as efficiently as they used to. Daily tasks, such as going up the stairs, might become more difficult. Not only this, but as the body’s mobility decreases, humans are left susceptible to dangerous slips, trips, and falls. Trips and falls are the most frequent triggers for injuries, and it is universally accepted that three-quarters of fatal and non-fatal accidents involving older people are caused by slipping or stumbling. While we can’t stop the passage of time, there are ways to help the ageing population maintain strength and mobility to live healthy lives well into their golden years. One fantastic example of this is outdoor exercise equipment for the elderly.

 

WHAT IS OUTDOOR FITNESS EQUIPMENT FOR THE ELDERLY?

In its simplest form, outdoor gym equipment for the elderly is fitness kit that has been specifically designed to support senior bodies. The aim of the equipment is to encourage strength and mobility for healthy active ageing, often incorporating vital functional elements such as balance and co-ordination.

KOMPAN’s dedicated Stay Fit range has been developed by experts to deliver an effective yet low impact workout for senior citizens. Much of KOMPAN’s outdoor exercise equipment for seniors is based on facilitating the training of fundamental skills, like walking on uneven surfaces or navigating steps and stairs. To the younger generations this equipment may seem simplistic, but for elderly users these products mimic important daily movements that are often taken for granted. For example, our Up & Go replicates a common test used to determine functional capacity in senior citizens, and our Balance Board is designed to mimic pressing a button on a moving bus. You may not find these products in a traditional gym setting, but in the right environment outdoor exercise equipment for the elderly can work wonders for mobility, balance, and strength.


BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR SENIORS

Installing outdoor gym equipment for the elderly can bring a range of benefits to senior citizens, including:

Increased Social Interaction: Age UK reported that more than a million senior citizens in the UK go without socialisation for over a month at a time, and it is commonly known that the elderly are vulnerable to loneliness. Isolation can have a seriously negative impact on health, however there are seemingly fewer opportunities available today for elderly socialisation. KOMPAN’s outdoor fitness equipment for the elderly is designed for communal use, creating a perfect opportunity for senior citizens to exercise in groups and make new friends.

Increased Vitamin D: Vitamin D is an essential nutrient in the human body that helps maintain a healthy immune system. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to muscle weaknesses and body aches in the elderly, as well as digestive issues and irregular moods. Exposure to sunlight is the most natural way to encourage vitamin D production, however many elderly people do not go outdoors enough to generate the required amount of this key nutrient. Introducing outdoor exercise equipment for the elderly could help encourage senior citizens to go outside and get a regular boost of vitamin D.

Increased Physical Activity: This one may be a given, but the main benefit of outdoor gym equipment for the elderly is that it provides a dedicated area for seniors to get their bodies moving. By participating in regular physical activity, senior citizens can improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, and co-ordination. As a result, they may decrease their risk of trips, falls, and certain lifestyle diseases (such as diabetes).

 

OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR REHABILITATION

The scope of outdoor fitness equipment for elderly goes beyond active ageing. The versatile nature of KOMPAN’s Stay Fit range makes it ideal for several purposes, including injury rehabilitation.

Whether young or old, injuries take an undeniable toll on the body. Physiotherapy is a vital part of successful rehabilitation, especially when recovering from a broken limb, muscular strain, or more severe physical traumas. As outdoor gym equipment for the elderly is designed to support strength and mobility, it can work wonders in rehabilitation settings. Key products for injury rehabilitation may include KOMPAN’s Double Stairs and Assisted Step, which are ideal for building leg function.

 

KOMPAN OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT FOR SENIORS

If you are looking to install an outdoor gym to support active ageing, choose KOMPAN. Our extensive range of outdoor fitness equipment has everything you need to create a well-rounded site. From cardio machines, to dedicated strength, balance, and co-ordination pieces, we can help create the perfect outdoor gym to suit your needs. Enquire online today or give us a call on 01908 201 002.


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