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Why Functional Strength Training Is Critical for Healthy Aging with Betsy Spieler, PT

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Learn why functional strength training is critical to healthy aging in this interview with Betsy Spieler, PT. Betsy is a co-founder of the UB Stronger 55+ small group strength training program out of the UBX gym in Omaha, NE. 

Adequate strength training and protein intake are essential to maintain healthy muscle mass, strength, power, and endurance as you age. These are important to prevent falls and fractures. 

As physical therapists, we’ve seen far too many times a fall being the beginning of the end of someone’s quality of life. September was fall prevention awareness month and we wanted to highlight several key things you can do to reduce your risk of falls.


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Highlights From This Episode

[0:00] Topic introduction.

[6:00] How the curriculum of UB Stronger 55+ was developed and what it looks like.

[12:00] Findings from the UB Stronger 55+ pilot program, and what they mean.

[16:15] What types of education are provided outside of physical training?

[20:50] Overcoming fear of injury in older adults.

[23:00] The importance of personal responsibility for your own health.

[28:00] Treating the whole person, not just the impairment.

[31:00] Nutrition and fall prevention.

[33:00] The metrics that UBX tracks and what they’ve found.


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Resources From This Episode

>> Join Zivli

>> Freebie: Weight Loss Mindset Audio Training

>> Freebie: The Ultimate Food Guide

>> UB Stronger 55+ Program

>> UB Stronger 55+ email: [email protected]