Fewer than 35 percent of American adults ages 65 to 74 are physically active, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Exercise is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, especially as we grow older. Muscle loss because of age begins after 30 and is called sarcopenia with men losing on average 30% of muscle mass throughout their life but that can be prevented through weight bearing exercises. Diving for baseballs, jumping over hurdles or lifting a person over your head might not be possible past a certain age, but there are plenty of athletic activities accessible to older adults, and technology is ready to help. Over the last few decades, updated technology has transformed sports like golf. Following are a few devices that can encourage older adults to stay active in their favorite sports.
VitalBand From VitalTech
According to Psychology Today, writing down a goal makes you 33 percent more successful in achieving it than if you merely think about the goal. Devices like smart watches are designed to help you track your progress, making your goals that much more attainable. Enter the VitalBand watch from VitalTech, a cloud-based platform that uses connected care to improve health and wellness efforts in older adults.
For seniors who might be embarrassed to wear an obvious emergency device around their neck, the VitalBand can help keep them safe while also tracking vital signs, physical activity and sleep habits. The VitalBand monitors seniors for falls and gives them the option to make emergency calls, giving them peace of mind and physical protection while exercising. For most seniors, it’s difficult to put a price on staying fit: when you live a healthy lifestyle, you’ll find it increases the quality and quantity of your days, and reduces the likelihood of illness and injury. Devices like the VitalBand mean you don’t have to break the bank, as its monthly subscription charge may be reimbursable through Medicare.
Avantree Audition Bluetooth Headphones
No physical activity is complete without the right playlist. Whether older adults are walking, jogging, cycling or improving their posture with yoga, a pair of Avantree Audition 40 Hour APTX bluetooth headphones is the key to enjoying your workout. This pair is lightweight with extra soft ear pads and an adjustable headband. The headphones are low latency, meaning you can adjust the sound to exactly how you’d like to hear your music or podcast. They provide a well-balanced sound with low tenancy, which means less damage to your ears. As the name suggests, this pair can also stay alive for up to 40 hours, which means you don’t have to constantly charge them when you’re on the go.
Move It Beat Smart Dumbbells
We’re all doing our workouts in our living rooms these days, and having a few items in your at-home gym can make all the difference in your fitness routine. Move It Beat smart dumbbells work well for seniors trying to keep up their strength. The devices track your motion and provide feedback on the movements, from quantity to quality. The dumbbells can connect with an app created by Move It, available on iOS and Android smartphones. The app offers users of all fitness levels access to interactive cardio workouts using the dumbbells in a variety of ways.
Sports Techie, seniors are certainly not required to use tech devices while participating in sports and activities they love, but they can definitely aid in setting goals and staying safe. Whether you strap on a smartwatch or sync your wireless headphones to a machine, devices are meant to make exercise more fun and safer for older adults.
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