Parkour for seniors
Hear the terms “Parkour” or “Free-running” and you might think of dare devil jumps from high-rise buildings.
But there is much more to the high octane sport than may first meet the eye.
This sport really is for all.
3RUN works closely with people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to bring the sport of Parkour to the public. You just need a pair of trainers and an open mind.
All over the globe, participants of all ages are slowly realising the benefits and importance of Parkour in a healthy lifestyle.
It has proven to help people not just from a physical fitness perspective but psychologically too; over-coming fears, developing confidence and understanding the true capabilities of the human body are just a few great examples of this.
Whilst Parkour may have been the preserve of the young and athletic - older people are now embracing the urban sport to get fit, overcome their fears and jump. Play, is a crucial part of human enjoyment, as part of a fitness experience that covers full functional ranges of movement from climbing obstacles to jumping gaps.
— "When you look at the things they’re doing, it’s actually quite gentle and could increase their strength and flexibility to help them with their daily activities."
“When I first heard about this, I had a picture in my mind of elderly people jumping off of walls and I thought there was no way this could be appropriate” said Bruce Paton, a physical therapist who works with the elderly at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London. “But when you look at the things they’re doing, it’s actually quite gentle and could increase their strength and flexibility to help them with their daily activities.”
Challenging our perceptions and expectations of growing older
Balance and strength are two main noticeable physical improvements in seniors that have practiced Parkour. This is particularly important for those who are moving into more elderly years - it is a fantastic way to help prevent and reduce the risk of falling over in general day to day life.
At its core, Parkour is really about basic fundamental movements, climbing, jumping, balancing and vaulting. The classes are more often focused on ground level safety, moving perceptions away from daredevil danger, to safe functional application. Ultimately its aim is to develop human movement and fitness with a fun accessible alternative sport.