Mobility & Fitness

The Best Exercise to Prevent Falls

· · Mobility & Fitness
In youth, falling is embarrassing, but in older age, it can be downright dangerous, leading to injuries, broken bones, and even institutionalization. Recurring falls are one of the top reasons that seniors are placed in nursing homes. While exercise, in general, is an excellent way to improve stability and balance, … Read More

Strength Training for Brain Health

· · Mobility & Fitness
Aerobic exercise may be the kind of workout most closely associated with brain health benefits. Think about the circulation boost you get from a brisk walk or game of tennis. But strength training with weights, machines, resistance bands or your own body weight (think push-ups) also may help improve cognition. It … Read More

Resistance Exercise Fights Depression

· · Mobility & Fitness
While we already know that exercise can help fight depression, a new meta-analysis has shown that the benefits aren’t limited to aerobic activity. Researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland reported in JAMA Psychiatry that resistance training, such as lifting weights, using resistance bands, or doing calisthenics, can significantly … Read More

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Move More!

· · Mobility & Fitness
In 2008, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the first set of physical activity guidelines ever for the American public. These guidelines are the authoritative voice for how physical activity can help promote health and decrease a person’s risk of disease. But most Americans had difficulty following … Read More

Build Upper-Body Strength with Dumbbells

· · Mobility & Fitness
Dumbbells are handheld weights that are great for starting out in muscle toning and strength-training. Sizes range from 1 pound all the way up to 100 pounds and more, but you won’t need to purchase a complete set. Dumbbells can be bought individually for just a few dollars. Start with … Read More

Training for Better Surgical Outcomes

· · Mobility & Fitness
Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s … Read More

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