It has been proven that a sedentary lifestyle, at any age, can lead to a decrease in physical functional capacity, which is even more evident in elderly not practicing any kind of physical activity. Contrary to popular belief, however, it is never too late to start training and to begin leading a more active and autonomous life.
An Otago lesson mainly involves exercises for:
The program is carried out with the help of a chair and follows a protocol of well-defined exercises, which are progressively aimed at gaining confidence when walking and in small daily movements.
It has been proven that practicing specific exercises to enhance balance and physical strength prevents falls and provides greater confidence in movement.
For results to be evident, however, exercises must be carried out on a regular basis and tailored to suit individual needs: