When someone grows old and frail, many caregivers put them in blankets or on wheelchairs. Yet, new research suggests they might be better off working out in gyms.
After using [Gym Tonic] twice a week for at least three months, about 180 seniors from 13 eldercare facilities here were found to have better balance. They were able to stand up for longer periods and walk longer distances.
For example, the longest distance walked in the preceding seven days rose from 790m to 970m on average for those who live at home but use eldercare centres, and from 680m to 760m for those in a nursing home.
The improvement in leg muscle strength also meant they could better manage daily routines, such as eating and dressing, and with less supervision. The average age of the participants was 72.