Monitor Your Class Often

  • Know the fitness and cognitive levels of your clients.
  • Older adults are at a greater risk of injury or illness than their younger counterparts. Therefore, at the very least, a basic “Health Screening” form such as a PAR-Q should be required for all aging adult exercisers to fill out.  Screening forms are available through the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sport Medicine
  • Check heart rates and respiration rates throughout the class, and provide clients with the appropriate tools to self-monitor.
  • Ensure your participants are well hydrated–take time for water breaks throughout the class.
  • Be aware of your participants and recognize changes in their performance as well as their emotional status.
  • Develop a sense of awareness not only for your clients’ well being but also for other aspects that surround your classroom, such as possible equipment or other materials that may be left out or out of place which may increase the risk for falls or accidents.  Recognize when skills are too difficult or too easy and know when to make changes.