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TPM Active for The Older and Active

27th April 2016

We have shown you that TPM Active benefits all types of people, ranging from the Wellness Minded, the Serious Recreational, the Professional Athlete and the Amateur Elite Athlete .  In this post we look at the Older and Active category, to show that movement health spans all ages and all people.

Movement gains a new value when we start to notice how its changing; certainly when this change is not for the better. As the years pass there seems to be general acceptance we can’t move as we once did. Yet, sustaining Movement Health across a lifetime is a means to supply empowerment, a state in which our mobility is not a limiter or barrier to the life we choose, or desire to lead. If movement can offer us an elixir of life, in our later life, defying the sands of time through working on our Movement Health makes TPM Active a natural and long term choice.

For somebody who has already made the change, the differences between those that do and that don’t is stark. Here we take a few pointers from a more senior female, who has had hip and shoulder problems in the past but more importantly is TPM Active and has been doing her exercise.

‘it’s quite simple really, 20 minutes a day; if you do your exercises it (life) gets better. You do need to make the effort. I’m telling my friends to go and see someone to get some exercise. I’m certainly more mobile, more agile than they are.'

This new mobility is having real impact. The ‘Sit to Stand’ test is frequently used to assess the older individual’s functional abilities. As the name suggests individuals must come to standing from a seated position without the use of the arms. Of note, a study recently reported how those who performed badly in one such test also performed badly in all other related functional mobility tests (Butler et al., 2009). When asked, our older and TPM Active individual easily passes the test.

‘Since I’ve exercised I know I’m always fine for the next day; my movement has made me more independent, certainly in terms of the activities I can do.’

Butler AA, Menant JC, Tiedemann AC, Lord SR (2009) Age and gender differences in seven tests of functional mobility. J Neuroeng Rehabil 6: 31.

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