Articles tagged with: Fitness

A Look at Senior Eye Health

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As we age, it is natural for vision changes to occur. As a result, some people may struggle to see as clearly as they did when they were younger. Regular eye exams by an ophthalmologist help keep eyes healthy by uncovering certain conditions that can seriously impair sight, including the following:

Cataracts. Cloudy areas in the lens of the eye, cataracts usually form slowly. Some may become large or thick and impair vision. In these cases, the cataracts can usually be removed by surgery.
Dry Eye. This condition occurs when tear glands do not produce enough tears. It can cause itching, burning … read more

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Ways to Relieve Knee Pain

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While people may experience knee pain at any age, in older adults it is typically caused by changes in the body due to aging. Those changes can include weakening of the bones, decreased muscle strength, inflammation from arthritis and other conditions.

According to the National Institutes of Health, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis among older people and a frequent cause of debilitating pain. It occurs when the cartilage that protects the knee’s bones breaks down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 2 people may develop knee osteoarthritis by the age … read more

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The Benefits of Strength Training for Senior Citizens

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Strength training uses resistance methods, such as free weights, weight machines, resistance bands or a person’s own weight to build muscles and strength. When done correctly, strength training provides numerous health benefits and can be especially advantageous for senior citizens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity stated that regular strengthening exercises help to prevent osteoporosis and frailty; improve balance, coordination and mobility; reduce the risk of falling; and promote mental and emotional health.

Positive outcomes from strength training are realistically attainable by older adults. According to the AARP, those who … read more

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7 Tips for Longevity Backed by Research

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Few segments of the American population are growing faster than centenarians. By 2040, the current U.S. centenarian population of 84,000 (which includes The Bristal at Armonk resident, Marian Henry, who recently celebrated her 107th birthday) is expected to reach 580,000 – a seven-fold increase. With more people living into the triple-digits than ever before, the dream of living longer and aging healthier is alive and well for the active senior. We collected research from the latest studies to bring you seven tips for longevity.

1. Eat a healthy diet.

Experts agree that one of … read more

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Office Exercise: Add More Activity to Your Workday

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If you’re still working part- or full-time you might be struggling to fit exercise into your already busy schedule. Besides making time to work out before or after work and tackling more physical activity on your off days, there are other ways to nab more physical fitness—even throughout your workday.

Get More Exercise During Your Workday

• Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.

• Take a walk or hit the gym during your lunch break. Try to get a co-worker buddy to engage with you to keep you on track.

• Instead of picking up … read more

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Safety Tips to Remember when Exercising

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If you’ve started exercising and taking part in outdoor activities, it’s important to remember to take safety seriously. Whether you walk, hike, swim or bike, participate safely. Here are some tips to remember.

Keep Your Environment Safe

• Take an ID and cellphone with you when exercising outdoors.

• Keep headphone volume turned low so you can hear someone approach from behind.

• Tell others where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

• Alter your bicycling or walking times or routes occasionally so as not to be predictable to criminals.

• Avoid working out … read more

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Get Fit with Everyday Activity

Posted by: The Bristal

Although you might be plenty busy with volunteer work, social activities and hobbies, seize every opportunity you can to be physically active. Include hobbies like golf or swimming. Take advantage of the times you can walk more distance, like parking farther away at the grocery store or, if your mailbox is down the street, trekking to it instead of driving. These everyday activities can help you get fit.

If you have a dog, go for longer walks, play catch in the yard or hike the local trails with your canine companion. Keep safety in mind when participating in outdoor activities, … read more

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Exercise: Get Started and Make a Plan

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If you’re just starting an exercise plan or coming back after a hiatus, you’ll want to assess your fitness levels so you’ll know where to begin. Having a baseline of information can help you figure out where to start. Of course, get medical clearance from your doctor before embarking on any exercise plan.

If you’re recently back from illness, injury or vacation, start slow and build up. Don’t be too hard on yourself for losing ground, just get back to your activities starting at a comfortable level. Believe in your abilities!

First up, answer the following three questions to see where … read more

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Celebrate Active Aging: First Annual Go4Life Month

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Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage adults over 50 to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their lives. The federal campaign is based on research which shows that exercise helps people remain healthy, stay independent and prevent chronic conditions that may come with age.

The campaign provides exercises, success stories and free materials to motivate seniors to add more physical activity to their everyday lives. Research shows that adults become less active as they age. (Surprisingly, only about 30 percent of people 45-64 … read more

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Seven Hiking Tips for Active Seniors

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to get outside in the gorgeous weather and get some exercise. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found seniors who walk at least four hours a week reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to cardiovascular problems. And that’s just one perk.

There are many other health benefits: increased endurance, improved balance, a lower risk of heart disease, better blood pressure; you’ll even sleep better at night, have more energy during the day and improve your mood. So what are you waiting … read more

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Exercise Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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What if it were true that exercise could halt or diminish the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Would you add it to your regimen? Would you encourage loved ones to do the same?

As reported by The Washington Post online, proof is steadily mounting that physical activity can help hold off the changes in the brain that are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even the debilitating symptoms themselves. The latest findings come from researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The study followed 317 late-middle aged adults and found that those who exercised five times … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part IV: New Friendships

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Building a Strong Social Network as an Older Adult

As we grow older, we often experience losses. It might be a spouse, a close friend or even the loss of our health. These changes often require us to find ways to make new friends and learn new hobbies on our own. “The Bronx Aging” study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showcased just how important it is for us to do so. Researchers found that participating in leisure activities can help improve physical fitness and decrease the risk for developing dementia. Finding ways to do … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part III: Social Media & Gaming

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Social Media and Electronic Games for Older Adults

In the third segment of our Staying Social Later In Life series we explore the growing trend of older adults using electronic games and social media. Aging experts have been promoting the importance of playing games and taking on new challenges as a form of brain aerobics for many years now. Both help to keep you more mentally and physically fit, as well as provide you with the opportunity to stay connected with grandchildren and the younger generation.

Scientists believe these activities are good ones to participate in because they require you to … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part II: Outdoor Activities

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Enjoying the Outdoors and Reaping the Benefits

We are continuing our series on staying socially active later in life. This week we are sharing ideas on outdoor activities seniors can enjoy. In addition to the social benefits derived from these pastimes, there are also health benefits. Being active in the fresh air can help to decrease rates of depression, stimulate memory, decrease stress and reduce muscle and joint pain.

Outdoor Games and Activities for Seniors to Enjoy

From yard games to organized group activities, heading outdoors is a great way to exercise and engage your senses. If you haven’t been physically active … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part I: The Good Old-Fashioned Way

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Benefits of Staying Social as You Age

We are pleased to kick-off a new series: Staying Social Later In Life. Over the next few weeks we will share ideas on what you can do to stay physically and socially active later in life. We’ll explore topics ranging from the brain health benefits of playing board games to the importance of making new friends as you grow older. Experts call this “productive aging.”

According to a 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, engaging in the right leisure activities can keep brain cells stimulated and cognitive skills … read more

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