Kettlebells Fitness Trainer Lorna Kleidman Reacts to an Article Concerning How Free Bus Passes Encourage the 60 Plus Community to Remain Physically Fit

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Nursing in Practice releases a study that suggests free bus passes inspire elderly people to stay in shape. Lorna Kleidman offers a response.

On October 8th, kettlebells trainer Lorna Kleidman responds to an article published by Nursing in Practice which reveals that receiving free bus passes may inspire the elderly to be more physically active.

According to Nursing in Practice, a study published by the American Journal of Public Health reviewed data from 2005, which was the year before bus passes were put into effect, through 2008, which totaled to 16,911 individuals in the UK National Travel Survey. The article states, “The researchers from Imperial College London cited previous research, which found 15 minutes of moderate daily exercise is associated with a 12% lower risk of death in people over 60.” Public Health organizations support the belief that “walking to and from bus stops” helps keep people fit, reports Nursing in Practice.

In addition, the Nursing in Practice article states that the elderly benefit from exercise in that it strengthens muscles, reduces falls, decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves mentality. Lorna Kleidman, fitness trainer who teaches kettlebell exercises in her fitness class KettleX, sees people of all ages in her classes. According to Kleidman, “Regular exercise improves muscle strength, which will improve a person’s mobility and balance, as well as maintain and in some cases, increase bone density. For individuals over the age of 60, who may be beginning to experience symptoms of osteoporosis, this is fantastic.” Kleidman commends the article and is hopeful more people over the age of 60 will feel encouraged to stay fit, “In addition to staying active through walking, I recommend resistance training, which does wonders for muscle and bone health. Even lifting a water bottle for sets of 10 will make a difference.”

Unfortunately, the article states that regardless of findings, public spending is proposing that free bus passes for the 60 plus community be revoked or “become means-tested.” Nursing in Practice states, “Authors of the study have urged for the possible benefits for public health to be taken into consideration when debating the scheme’s survival.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovated methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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