Exercise resources during COVID-19

 

Do your seniors need a boost right now?

We know exercise is scientifically proven to improve physical and mental health.  But COVID-19 restrictions are making it challenging to run activities.  Exercise + music is a sure fire way to prevent seniors from declining. But how do you do that?
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CARDIO CHAIR EXERCISE that gets seniors of all abilities moving to energizing music

Heart Beats Club is a cardio chair exercise program specifically designed for seniors with frailty or those facing complex medical health conditions. Using a celebratory atmosphere of singing, cheering and group interaction, everyone is motivated to participate to the best of their ability. It’s so fun and uplifting it doesn't even feel like exercise!

Effective

A complete body workout utilizing all major muscle groups.

Includes: warm up, aerobic activity, strengthening, cool down & stretching

Easy-to-follow

Familiar basic chair exercises synchronized to upbeat music.

No complicated dance sequences.  

Safe

Adheres to all precautions for osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke recovery, diabetes, MS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's/dementia

in·vig·or·at·ing

 

adjective:

making one feel strong, healthy, and full of energy

 

4,500+ classes in Long Term Care & Adult Day Programs - Heart Beats Club is a favourite!

Simple actions like clapping, tapping, kicking, reaching and marching in time to the beat increases heart rate and improves endurance. Basic leg and arm exercises enhance ADLs, increase range of motion and provide strength training. Participants of all capabilities are eager to attend and enthusiastically participate to their full potential.

 

"This is one program we could not stop during COVID. Our activities team have been offering mini Heart Beats sessions with 3 residents at a time because the they just love Heart Beats so much. "

Andrea M.
Restorative Care Supervisor - Long Term Care

 

 

 

Online Exercise Videos 

 

There are an overwhelming number of seniors exercise videos out there. Which one is right for your residents/clients?

Heart Beats Club is designed specifically for seniors living with frailty, mobility challenges and complex medical health conditions.  But it's so much fun, people of all fitness levels enjoy it as well! 

Checkout this month's program

Heart Beats Cardio Chair Exercise adheres to all safety precautions for:

- frailty and deconditioned participants

- arthritis and joint pain

- osteoporosis

- cardiovascular disease

- stroke recovery

- (COPD) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

- diabetes

- Multiple Sclerosis

- Parkinson's

- Alzheimer's and other dementias

 

 

Heart Beats Club Instructor Training

Are you an activities professional looking to inject fresh energy into your exercise program for seniors in aged care facilities or adult day services?

This training is for you.

Or are you new to leading exercise and need some basic routines with proper training on how to provide safe and effective movements for your senior population?

This training is also for you.

Interested in Online Instructor Trainings?

UPCOMING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Are you ready to take the next step to becoming a Heart Beats Club Instructor? If so, click the button below and let's get started.

Heart Beats Instructor Course you will learn:

Get access to instructional videos and cheat sheets for 7 songs making it easy to learn the routines and go at your own pace.

Health Canada recommends a total of 2.5 hours per week of moderate aerobic exercise for seniors 65+. But this can be difficult to achieve for people who have challenges with ambulation.

You will learn how to provide effective and continuous chair aerobic activity to ensure people with all levels of mobility can build their endurance.

A comprehensive review of teaching tips according to the following health conditions:

- arthritis and joint pain

- hip fracture or replacement/knee replacement

- osteoporosis

- cardiovascular disease

- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

- depression

- stroke recovery

- diabetes

- Multiple Sclerosis

- Parkinson's

- Alzheimer's and other dementias

- sensory loss

 

You will be able to evaluate the appropriateness of other exercise programs for your population.

 

 

Music often takes a background in exercise classes.  Or it might not even match the movements and become a distraction. 

You will learn the structure of a song so that the music takes the foreground and leads the actions.  This makes it easier to remember what comes next. You will discover how to find the right beat and tempo.

Using music in this way is especially effective for people with neurodegenerative disease and can work better than verbal cueing.

You will learn about the neuro-chemical hormones that are created when one exercises or listens to music and how this effect is multiplied when done at the same time.

Through a basic overview of the brain, you will learn how music can circumvent diseased parts of the brain and activate movement for people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other dementias.

"I would like to thank you again for the outstanding training. HeartBeats Club has been a huge success here; not just in long-term care, but in assisted living and independent living as well. I have been able to deliver the program to all three groups at once, and every skill/mobility level has thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I cannot rave enough about how much I enjoy facilitating the program, and how much I see my residents benefiting from it. Their enjoyment and smiles truly validates this program and the theories it was based upon."

Amber Rogers, BSc. Kin (Hons.)
Lifestyle Consultant
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