Regardless of your age or physical condition, you can improve your balance and increase your mobility. First, determine your strengths and weaknesses. A doctor, physical therapist, or other health care professional can help. Next, find a set of easy balance exercises that fits your needs. The following are three exercises … Read More
Mobility & Fitness
Mobility and fitness begin to decline with age, leading to loss of strength and stability. Researchers now believe any kind of exercise is beneficial, even in later years.
What is physical fitness? It’s defined as a state of health necessary to exercise and complete daily activities without getting overly fatigued. Good fitness requires strong muscles, flexibility, and endurance.
To stay fit, you need to improve your aerobic fitness and strength. Having strong core muscles—the muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvis—help you stay upright and make it easier for you to be physically active. Core exercises for seniors strengthen these muscles without causing excess stress. Programs such as Pilates, tai chi, and stability ball training work core muscles in a safe, effective way. Specific abdominal exercises such as crunches and planks create a flatter, more toned stomach.
Pilates is a workout program that specifically targets core muscles. Exercises can be done using special equipment, or with the body’s own weight as resistance. Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles and improves overall strength and flexibility. It also incorporates breathing techniques. Signature Pilates exercises include “The Hundred,” which involves lying on the back, lifting the legs, and pressing down with straight arms for a count of 100.
Diet is another important component to accompany mobility and fitness. To perform at your best physically, you need to eat a balanced diet, complete with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. People seeking to lose weight may try one or more different diet plans, from Weight Watchers to vegetarian.
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We don’t hear the term “aerobic exercise” bandied about as often as we once did, but make no mistake: This type of activity remains the key to a healthy heart. Let’s look at the benefits of aerobic exercise.
First, what exactly is aerobic exercise?
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To remain independent, it’s important keep physically fit enough to maintain balance, keep from falling, and stay active and mobile. There are things you can do to put yourself in a lower risk group for falls and improve your mobility. One of those measures is regular exercise. The U.S. Department … Read More
Hydrotherapy, also known as aquatic therapy, is a skilled intervention provided by a physical or occupational therapist in an inpatient or outpatient clinical setting. Don’t confuse it, however, with aquatic aerobics, or water aerobics.
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Yoga is a centuries-old mind and body practice that has many practical applications in today’s world. Flexibility, strength, body awareness, and a calmer mind are just a few of yoga’s benefits. It’s fine to start at an older age; yoga, for seniors, can make a difference in maintaining independence. But … Read More