I used to live with an 85-year-old woman. She hurt herself and had to go to physical therapy to rebuild strength in her legs. The physical therapist strapped a half-pound ankle weight on her and had her do leg lifts with it. As she improved, the therapist increased the weight of the ankle weight to one pound. My roommate struggled, but trusted that her therapist knew what was best and lifted the additional half of a pound. As she further improved, the therapist increased her from a one pound to a two-pound ankle weight. my roommate tried her best, but the additional pound proved too much for her little 85-year-old body and she re-injured herself. She had to start over again, a frustrating reality for anyone in physical therapy.
I have a couple of problems with this situation as well as corresponding solutions:
1. How often does an 85-year-old woman need to sit in a chair and lift her foot straight up until it is even with her knee with added weight? How practical / functional is that really?
Solution: Why not have her doing real-life movements – those things she does in her day-to-day life? Things like walking around, squatting down to pick something up, etc. And if you want to increase the weight on her so she is building muscle, add a Hyper Vest PRO so weight can be added in very small increments. This also eliminates the use of weights on the joints and instead holds it on the torso.
2. Doesn’t a whole pound seem like a large increase? Especially at her age and strength level?
Solution: The Hyper Vest PRO weights are only one seventh of a pound each. The original purpose for this was so the weights would be small enough to conform to and move with the body (think chainmail). The added benefit is that the wearer can add very small increments of weight without doing too much too fast.
What are some ways you can see an adjustable weight vest being of great benefit to you?