Category Archives: Health and Fitness

The Two Nutrients That Can Save Your Vision

Eyesight is probably the most important of all the special senses that we have. Losing eyesight or becoming blind can be traumatic for anyone affected by it. It can not only impair day to day activities but also take away our freedom. Not being able to see the sunrise, the graduation of your son from college, your grandchildren’s first smile are all valuable experiences that you miss out on. It is sad as well as scary. However, it is also a bitter reality with statistics showing over 12 million people in the U.S alone being affected by it. The leading cause of blindness is age-related macular degeneration or AMD. 

The Most Suitable Exercise Ideas for 55+ Seniors

A great workout is always good for your health and wellbeing. Working out can assist you in staying physically fit and maintaining your body’s flexibility. Most exercise workouts, developed for 55+ seniors, are easy, light and simple. It is recommended these exercises be done on a regular basis. However, there are times when seniors try out new workout routines without considering the consequences. This can result in injury and various other serious health complications. Provided below are some safe and suitable exercise routine ideas that you can consider to be fit and healthy.

Walking and Jogging Keeps Active Adults Fit

It is common knowledge that exercise keeps you healthy.  Exercise is required for proper blood circulation, controlling your weight, combating heart disease, improving your mood, and the best news – it delays aging.  Engaging in at least half an hour of physical activity every day can be extremely beneficial. What generally happens, in reality, is that even if you have paid attention to keeping fit during your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s – when you reach age 55+, most people tend to let go of a fitness regime.  However, it is especially important for seniors to stay fit and healthy with proper exercise. This does not mean you have to jump around and exert yourself excessively.  It means that half an hour of moderate exercise such as walking or jogging will suffice to give you health benefits.  Furthermore you, as a person over the age of 55, should be careful about your joints.  Therefore, it is highly beneficial for you to consider walking and light jogging instead of any other high impact exercises.

Senior Health Activities that Make a Big Impact in 15-Minutes or Less

Seniors these days are just not satisfied sitting in one place and knitting socks! They want to be active adults and do things, go places and basically, live full lives. And we say great going! It is the Baby Boomers that are coming into seniors age group currently and BBs are a unique generation and will be even past 55+ age. They believe “retirement” is just a word, just as “age” is. If you are an active baby boomer, you understand the importance of your health. However, although you are concerned about it, you may not be prepared to spend long hours each day ensuring good health. Lucky for you, there are some healthy activities that you can consider to ensure health which doesn’t take more than 5 – 15 minutes tops.

Maintenance-free living

Are you getting Adequate Fresh Air?

More and more Americans are spending time indoors. This is quite common in the elderly. The attraction of indoor heat during the cold, winter months and the added bonus of television and other electronic games etc. increase the appeal of the indoors. If the number of hours you sleep, plus the number of hours you spend indoors are calculated, you really have to wonder, just how many hours are you spending outdoors? Two, three tops? That’s terrible! Why the concern about the outdoors? Let me tell you why……

happy senior couple playing tennis

How About a Round of Tennis?

Many active seniors love the chance of playing a game of tennis and flexing those forearms. It is a tiring game and you need to keep yourself fit to play it well. Although rather a complicated AND strenuous game, tennis is a favored sport among many seniors. But there are ones who question the suitability of this game for seniors. They are probably wondering whether all that running and sweating can be too strenuous for a senior? Well, unless your doctor has advised against strenuous activities, there is certainly nothing wrong in engaging yourself in a round of tennis. Any sport that gets you moving is good for the body and mind. This does not have to be a high-impact sport. Although you run and jump and sweat profusely, tennis is still considered a low-impact game suitable for any age and skill level. So, if you are still worried about all this running and jumping, at your age, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of tennis.

Active Middle Aged Couple Dancing So Sweet While Smiling Each Other at the Living Room Inside their House

Dancing to Stay Healthy… and Young

Dancing has been around for generations, and it is certainly known for the fun and excitement that it generates. Today, dancing means much more than this; today, dancing also means looking young and staying healthy. Dancing has many health benefits and these health benefits can be something that is achieved through doing something you enjoy. Many baby boomers need no introductions to the health benefits of dancing. This could be why they sign on for ballroom dancing, the salsa, and jazz and of course, the dancing exercise, Zumba. For those who are not yet aware of the full benefits associated with shaking a leg to a beat, here are factors to push you to the dance floor!

3 Minutes a Week of Exercise for Better Health – Is that All?

Active adults, who do not have the time to exercise for long hours, will be happy to hear recent research has indicated that short bursts of intense exercise have many health benefits. Yes, it is true! All you need to do is take three minutes off your busy schedule to do some high-intensity training (HIT), a week for four weeks, and you will start seeing the benefits. For example, in some research institutes, participants experienced an average of 24% insulin sensitivity with just 3 minutes of exercise. So, how do you do this? Let’s take a look.