Agility & Abilities, Not Angst & Age
Age is measured in years, but evaluated in mobility. The more physically active you are, the ‘younger’ you seem to be. We can’t stop the passage of time, but we can maintain, improve even, our agility and abilities. Slowing the body-clock by being fit for life.
The target of Stay Fit is not to train for sports, although participation in physical activity is a major plus. The downward spiral can start not only through inactivity but through even the most minor of physical mishaps. Trips and falls are the most frequent triggers for injuries. It is universally accepted that three-quarters of fatal and non-fatal accidents involving older people are caused by slipping or stumbling.
We don’t use statistics in designing the equipment, we use science. Working closely with university programmes we study closely not just what the body does in these autumnal years, but what the body, with a commitment to fitness, is capable of doing.
Much of the KOMPAN Stay Fit range is based on facilitating the training of fundamental skills, like walking on uneven surfaces or navigating steps and stairs. The Up & Go may seem simplistic in the extreme, a seat, a help rail and a post to walk round, but it mimics some of the most important movements. By timing how many you can do, you can accurately gauge the level of fitness. So too with the Stairs & Ramp, Double Stairs and Balance Board. Prevention is better than cure, but in the event of a mishap the equipment is also a valuable means of rehabilitation.