Stay fit, be mobile
Age may be measured in years, yet it is evaluated in mobility. The more physically active you are, the ‘younger’ you may seem to be. We can’t stop the passage of time, but we can certainly maintain, and even improve our agility and abilities. In essence, we can endeavor to slow the body-clock by being fit for life.
The target of Stay Fit is not to train for sports, although participation in physical activity is a major plus. Often times, downward spiral begins through inactivity or even as a result of the most minor of physical mishaps. Trips and falls are among the most frequent triggers for injuries. In fact, it is universally accepted that three-quarters of fatal and non-fatal accidents involving older people are caused by slipping or stumbling.
However, we don’t use statistics in designing the equipment, we use science. Working closely with university programs we study closely not just what the body does in these autumnal years, but also what the body, with a commitment to fitness, is capable of doing.
Much of the KOMPAN Stay Fit range is based on facilitating the training of fundamental skills, like walking on uneven surfaces or navigating steps and stairs. The Up & Go may seem simplistic in the extreme, a seat, a guide rail and a post to walk round, yet it mimics some of the most important movements. By timing how many you can do, you can accurately gauge the level of fitness. Similarly, the Stairs & Ramp, Double Stairs and Balance Board help to simulate the most common activities encountered during a typical day out and about. Prevention is better than cure, but in the event of a mishap the equipment is also a valuable means of rehabilitation.