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There is value in building fitness, and sometimes it takes compensation

January 28, 2014

Normally the word compensate is thought of in monetary terms.

I have found compensation beneficial in terms of working with seniors on their balance.

For example one of my students…. a 96 year old man with neuropothy who cannot feel his feet. He had very bad balance and fell often.

From practicing walking exercises using weight shifting and being taught methods to connect to his body, he learned to feel his hips, thighs and calves and to distinguish he weight bearing and balance changes through them.  As a result, he propensity for falls has greatly decreased.

As we know, falls in elderly lead quickly to a downhill slide, and normally a passing in soon after in many cases.   Taking time to care for his own health this gentleman looking at a much safer and potentially longer life.

It puts the definition below into great perspective:

com·pen·sate

1. make up for (something unwelcome or unpleasant) by exerting an opposite force or effect.

In terms of your fitness, what value do you see in working on your fitness, and how well do you feel it would compensate for the time spent doing so?

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