The beneficial effects of physical exercise and sport on people’s health have been well-known since ancient times and are confirmed by all modern-day epidemiological studies. Through the remote physical training provided by MOTION the quality of life of older adults will be improved in several ways:
- The risk of injury will decrease and thereby, elderly will become more independent and able to ensure their daily activities at home;
- Well-being and overall motivation will increase which will lead to important sociological effects such as an increased self-esteem and confidence in social relations and a better structuring of the daily activities;
- Increased muscle strength, aerobic capacity, coordination and balance results in an increased physical capacity which allows i) avoiding falls and ii) increasing the independence of the person as less assistance from formal and informal carers is needed;
- Improved blood circulation, a better oxygenation and a stronger heart which decreases the risk for cardio-vascular diseases and thereby increases life expectancy.
The low cost and the capability of the Motion service will allow to a larger number of senior people to benefit from physical exercise at home.
MOTION is expected to have a substantial impact on public health and associated costs. Physical activities allow the older adults to stay at home longer and thereby reduce costs for medical assistance such as care homes, home care, nurses, medication etc.