Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE)

Key points
  • You will learn the balance and muscle strengthening principles
    These form the basis of this program. You will learn these principles and how to apply them to your life and daily activities.
  • To improve your balance you need to practise activities that challenge your balance
    You need to keep progressing to more challenging activities. You should 'let go but keep up the flow'.
  • To improve your strength you need to make your muscles work harder
    You should 'load your muscles' whenever you can.
  • You will change your habits
    You will include balance and strength activities in your everyday tasks. You will need to practise to make them part of your usual routine.
  • You will learn to look for opportunities in your daily tasks where you can include the balance and strength activities
    As time goes on you will find more and more opportunities. Your ideas can be passed on to others.
  • You will learn how to make the exercise program more effective
  • The program will make it easier for you to become more physically active
    You will enhance your physical fitness by being more active in your daily routines.
  • You will need to think about safety
    Where you do your activities, how much support you need, what type of shoes you are wearing, how tired you are – these are just some of the things you need to think about when doing your activities.
Clemson, L., Munro, J., Fiatarone Singh, M. (2014). Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) program to prevent fails: participant's manual. NSW: Sydney University Press.
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