Fitness

4 Top Exercises for Older AdultsFor older adults with arthritic joints and the stiffness that goes with it, high impact exercises usually don’t work. However, because older adults know the value of exercising, they adapt and overcome by doing no impact/low impact workouts. Four of the top exercises for older adults include:

Water Aerobics

Doing aerobics in a pool is probably the most beneficial of them all. Not only can you get a good cardio exercise, but strength building too. By using the natural resistance of water, it is a total body workout that is very joint friendly. Exercising in an outdoor pool is best as you can also get the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D with just 5 to 10 minutes of sun exposure. Continue reading

4 Exercise Tips to Manage Lower Back Pain in SeniorsAs an older person, you realize how important exercise is. But some seniors experience lower back pain which keeps them from exercising regularly. Because of this they tend to avoid all types of physical activity. They are rightly concerned about re-injuring their back, or experiencing heightened levels of pain. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can employ that allow you to exercise even if you are an older person with pain in your lower back.

1 – (If you have difficulty getting up from the floor, try this and any other applicable exercises on your couch or on your bed.) Begin on your hands and knees, then slowly push your left leg back as far as you can. Return to the starting position and switch sides. Perform 8 to 10 repetitions with each leg. Practice this hip extension 3 to 5 times a week. This simple exercise improves your range of motion without aggravating your lower back pain. Continue reading

How Increasing Lean Muscle Mass Helps Us as We AgeOne of the greatest concerns as we age is the loss of muscle mass. When we loss muscles mass it decreases our energy and physical strength while increasing the risk of falling or injuring ourselves. The loss of muscle mass also increases the risk of illness or infection and slows down the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The loss of muscle mass as we age has very serious consequences. That is why it is so important to take the necessary steps to stop or at least slow down the loss of muscle mass.

New Research

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The Benefits Of Tai Chi For SeniorsThe ancient Chinese practice, Tai Chi Chuan, combines meditation, Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts. Most often referred to as Tai Chi (“tie–chee”), the practice consists of slow fluid movements done with complete concentration.

This approach allows practitioners to fully exercise the mind as well as the body. Tai Chi’s focus on mental health, physical fitness, and general well-being make it an excellent activity for seniors seeking to maintain functional fitness levels and a positive mental outlook.

By the Numbers

  • Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise that is easy on the joints, a key benefit for seniors. It can even be done from a wheelchair in an altered mode.

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7 Exercises to Tone Your ButtSick of your sagging booty? Tired of trying to tone your tush and getting no results? If you are looking for some quick and simple to perform exercises to tone your bottom that really work, this is your lucky day. Regularly performing the following 7 exercises will get your gluteus maximus firm, toned … and noticed.

Barbell Deadlift Hip Thrust

This is a marvelous exercise for tightening your tail section. Load a barbell, and position it on the floor right over your feet. Using an overhand grip and your hands a little wider than shoulder width, grab the bar. Without bending your back, rise up from the waist and thrust your hips forward. Squeeze your posterior as you do so, and return the bar to the floor while keeping Continue reading