Weight training, or resistance training, has been shown to offer various benefits for the elderly population. Whilst under the supervision of a personal trainer this can be done safely and effectively.
Here are some scientifically backed benefits to weight training:
Muscle Mass and Strength:
Joint Health and Flexibility:
Stability and Coordination
Mood and Mental well-being:
Mortality Rate reduction:
It's important to note that before starting any exercise program, especially for the elderly, individuals should consult with their GP provider to ensure that the chosen activities are safe and appropriate for their specific health conditions. Additionally, a qualified fitness professional or personal trainer can provide personalised guidance and supervision.
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In our previous articles, we’ve often mentioned that a key part of getting an exercise habit to stick to is finding some form of exercise that you enjoy. So, this week’s article is going to be a list of some of the more niche sports clubs across Scotland and hopefully, some of them may pique your interest.
First up is Orienteering. If you enjoy the outdoors this one is almost certainly for you. You navigate and plan a route through the wilderness using a map and compass, on routes with a variety of difficulties, and aim to complete your chosen route as fast as you can.
Photo credit: Scottish orienteering
A more in-depth beginner’s guide by Scottish Orienteering is listed here.
Scottish Orienteering has a bunch of clubs all over the country which you can find here.
With summer still to come this year, it could be a fantastic new way to experience the outdoors, meet some new folks, and get your exercise in all in one!
Next up is Ultimate Frisbee
Though now it’s apparently known as just ‘Ultimate’, *due to copyright issues around the word Frisbee apparently*
Is a non-contact team sport played with, you guessed it, a frisbee/plastic disc. Two teams of 7 players are aiming to score points by having one of their team receive the frisbee in the end zone. The rub being that while in possession of the frisbee, a player may not move.
The Scottish scene seems active and has several teams across the nation. They can be found here.
Photo credit: https://losquijotes.es/
Thirdly, we have roller derby.
Roller derby is a roller skating contact sport played on an oval track by two teams of five skaters. Teams of fifteen players field up to five members for two-minute periods of play. Where one designated player on each team is attempting to score points by lapping the non-scoring players of the other team. Each team’s non-scoring players are attempting to stop that happening through physically blocking/contacting the scoring player to prevent being lapped.
The Scottish League(s) have a website as well as plenty of social media to get in touch with!
Photo credit: Team Scotland Roller Derby
Lastly, and probably the most niche. Camogie.
By all accounts, Camogie is essentially ladies-only Hurling.
While there seems to just be the one Scottish club based in Glasgow. Camogie also likely falls under the Gaelic Athletics Association.
I advise having a gander at the variety of Gaelic sports listed there and seeing if anything takes your fancy!
Photo credit: Wikipedia
Hopefully, something on this list spurred some interest, if you have your own recommendation for a niche sport in Scotland drop it in the comments!
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