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Staying Fit

Staying Fit
No matter what your parents’ physical ability, there are numerous ways that they can maintain a certain level of fitness. From simple chair exercises designed for elders to Tai Chi regimens that enhance balance and emotional well-being, investigate ideas to keep elders in motion and vital.

Physical Fitness, Brain Fitness, and Yoga for Your Eyes

  • Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative and the Future of Aging
  • Fitness for Seniors: How a Pedometer Can Boost Activity

    Are you reaching the equivalent of 10,000 steps a day for good health? Learn how a pedometer can be a great tool for measuring fitness for seniors.

  • Fitness for Seniors: Easy Equipment for Weight Training

    Stay independent with easy strength training. Weight cuffs offer firming fitness for seniors no matter what your ability level.

  • Top 10 Fitness and Nutrition Tips For Older Adults

    The right kind of exercise and diet can stave off physical and mental declines as we age. Here are 10 tips for healthy aging.

  • Build Muscle To Increase Strength As You Age

    Everyone over age 50 needs to participate in progressive resistance exercise to prevent muscle loss that can limit mobility and quality of life. 

  • A New Standard in Senior Fitness: Resistance Chair Training

    Participation in both aerobic and resistance training is a key component for senior well-being. Learn how you can start a home program to stay fit.  

  • Simple Steps to New Year’s Fitness Designed to Prevent Falls, Increase Mobility

    The New Year always brings resolutions and there’s no better time for seniors take steps to avoid falls and remain mobile.

  • Change Your Age Without Really Trying

    Many people accept pain or stiffness as an inevitable part of aging. For some, finding pleasure in certain movements is like seeking the Holy Grail.

  • Yoga For Seniors

    Aging and health problems seem to go hand-in-hand. Arthritis, high blood pressure and decreased mental cognition are just a few of the more common ailments people face as they grow older.

  • Think There’s Nothing You Can Do About Osteoporosis? Think Again!

    The word osteoporosis can strike fear in the hearts of many older women—and men. Who hasn’t seen the bent spines of the people it afflicts and who hasn’t heard of the consequences that can happen.

  • Knee Arthritis: Flexible Options Keep You Active Longer

    According to a review published in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the number of men and women with osteoarthritis of the knee is growing, especially in the under-60 age group.

  • Arthritis Pain Treatment: The Right Way To Exercise

    May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to get advice to combat symptoms of arthritis and work to live a pain-free, happy and healthy life. Many people who suffer from arthritis pain are timid about staying active because their symptoms tend to worsen under high impact activities.

  • Tai Chi For Invigoration

    In China, Tai Chi is thought to enable people to live for a very long, vitality-filled time. Lewis Paleias, who teaches the ancient art of Tai Chi to seniors at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital and various nursing homes in New York City, suggested two techniques to keep your chi—or the body’s bio-electricity, as Paleias thinks of it—flowing freely. Tai Chi also boosts the immune system, so it’s a good thing to do during cold and flu season to help protect senior health.

  • Yoga For Your Eyes

    As I entered the room to teach my weekly Yoga class at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, one of my students caught my attention.

  • The Nintendo Wii As Therapy For Parkinson’s Disease

    It looks like seniors may now have a way of getting treated for symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and have some fun in the process, as indicated by ongoing research at the Medical College of Georgia.

  • Senior Speak Out

    Every year, I am asked to talk to first-year medical students at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City about Yoga. This year, I asked the attendees of my senior Yoga class at the hospital if they had any messages they wanted me to relay to the doctors of tomorrow.

  • Building the Foundation for Balance: Strengthen your Toes

    These simple exercises will improve the health and fitness of feet and toes, all to prevent falls.

  • Keeping Your Balance: 6 Simple Ways to Stay on Your Feet

    Most people assume that there is little that can be done for poor balance. This, happily, is not the case.

  • Exercise to Stay Young at Heart

    Whether we like it or not, we know that exercise is important. Exercise becomes even more valuable as we age and our heart and bones may weaken. In women, for example, bone density drops sharply at the time of menopause — exercise can work to reverse that.

  • Can Physical Therapy Help Your Aging Parent? You Bet!

    Not all aging adults need to spend a great deal of time in hospitals or under the watchful eye of a doctor. Nor should those elderly persons with limiting or uncomfortable conditions have to avoid physical activity.  Geriatric physical therapy is a proven way for elderly parents of all levels of physical ability to build confidence, improve balance and strength, and stay active.

  • How Brain Fitness Helps Your Parents

    Looking for a way to help your parents keep their minds sharp? According to research, it may be as easy as simply exercising the brain. The brain is often overlooked as something that needs to be exercised in order to stay in top shape but, just like our other body parts, it’s very important to our health and well-being. Encouraging your parents to do brain exercises is a great way to help keep them healthy and more independent.

  • Does Your Parent Need Rehabilitation After Leaving the Hospital?

    If your parent has recently spent some time in the hospital, you may want to consider rehabilitation to help him or her get back into pre-hospital condition. Rehabilitation services can put elderly people back on the right track to regaining their strength, health and independence. As research shows, even a short stay in the hospital can lead to a decline in physical abilities.

  • Tai Chi: Good for the Heart, Body and Soul

    Looking for a good way to spend some quality time with your parent that will also be beneficial to your health? If so, consider taking up Tai Chi, which has been popular in China for more than 2,000 years. The benefits of doing this gentle and relaxing form of martial art are well-founded and routinely touted by medical professionals. Doing it with your parent will get your parent motivated and keep him or her interested, plus you will also reap the health benefits along the way.

  • Why Upper Body Muscles are Important for Seniors and How to Build Them

    Anyone who has ever tried to open a new jar of pickles knows just how important upper body strength is. But even some of those younger individuals with good upper body strength can struggle with something like that. Helping your parents to build upper body strength can help keep them independent longer, and able to help themselves in situations such as falling or even just carrying the groceries.

  • Why Lower Body Muscles are So Important and How to Build Them

    When you think about the important role that the leg muscles play in our functioning, it’s easy to see why it is necessary to keep them in strong shape. This is especially true when it comes to senior citizens as weak thigh muscles are a risk factor for falls. Your parents will greatly benefit from thigh exercises and strengthening of these muscles. It is a good idea to encourage them to work out the lower body muscles because a little work will go a long way.

  • Building Core Muscles Key to Longevity and Independence

    When we think about muscles, we tend to often focus on those that people easily flex to show off, such as the biceps or triceps. But our bodies are made up of an important region of muscles that is essential to proper function and healthy living. These muscles are referred to as the “core muscles.”

  • Exercising the Aging Body

    Exercise, for the elderly, is an essential way to stay active and healthy. For people looking for a way to live a healthier and more enjoyable life, it is the answer. Nobody is ever too old to incorporate exercise into the daily routine. It is also never too late to reap the rewards. Even if you have never been one to exercise in the past, getting started now can help your golden years last longer, and can help you live stronger.

  • Why Strength Training is Important to Your Parents

    When most people think about building muscles and strength training they don’t tend to think of the older adults. Yet senior strength training has many benefits. It can help improve overall well-being, and help to manage chronic conditions and boost stamina, among other things. Getting your parents involved in strength-training activities is a great way to help improve their health and bolster their longevity.