Exercise at any age is necessary for a person to maintain strength, balance, co-ordination, mobility and stamina. For older adults in particular, the evidence is well-established that continuing to exercise at sufficient intensity and frequency can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal and metabolic conditions, and improve psychological wellbeing. The proven medical benefits of physical activity are succinctly summarised in the European Union Physical Activity Guidelines (2008).
The priority of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing warrants a response from the fitness sector in terms of more exercise professionals equipped to support adults over the age of 50 with the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver exercise programmes tailored to their individual physiology. Concerns over health and safety increase with age and it is essential that exercise professionals are aware of risks and able to adapt those exercise programmes to meet the needs of healthy older adults.
In the frame of the European Year 2012, the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) has developed the new “EHFA Standards EQF Level 4 Active Ageing Trainer”. Launched at its General Assembly held in Brussels on 24 May 2012, these are a set of new and specific standards for exercise professionals working with active ageing based on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) level 4.
A qualified group of technical experts across Europe representing the different stakeholders of the sector volunteered to assist with the development of the EHFA Standards, and relevant experts around the world have been involved on the external consultation process.
The complete document with the standards may be downloaded here.
European Health & Fitness Association – EHFA |
The European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) represents the interests of the European health & fitness sector at the EU level. Its objective is: More People, More Active, More Often. EHFA is also a standards setting body and promotes best practices in instruction and training to help battle the inactivity and obesity challenges spreading across Europe. EHFA represents more than 10,000 facilities across Europe, as well as trade associations, suppliers, training providers, and individuals.
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