Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Are the Blues Making You Lose Sleep?

Experts recommend adults get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, but how many of us are still lying awake counting sheep? I personally don’t recall the last time I slept in, and it seems like today’s society is all about how much one can get done in a day with sleep deprivation almost becoming a bragging right. Not only are we trying to burn the candle at both ends, but technology is actually sabotaging the ability to wind down, and switch our brains to the off position.

Settling down at night with an e-reader or surfing the net may sound benign, but research has shown that the “blue” light emitted from our devices actually stimulates the brain into wake mode having a profound effect on sleep patterns. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for a healthy sleep rhythm, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, is naturally released into the body as the sunsets. An article published by Harvard University found people losing sleep from nighttime lighting particularly blue light, had an increased risk of pre-diabetes, obesity, and lower levels of melatonin.

Health Benefits of Biking

Biking is a Beneficial Pastime for Active Adults

An active life is important to ensure health and longevity. For this, the love of the activity, many active adults have taken up biking. Are you a biking enthusiast? Even if you are not, biking is a great way to stay fit and enhance your social life.

Health Benefits of Biking

Biking has a number of health benefits. Plus, it is an ideal way to exercise, especially for baby boomers. Bike riding is easier on your joints than many other activities. You burn calories, maintain a healthy weight and build up cardiovascular endurance through biking. If you exercise on a bike, you have the added advantage of doing so outdoors and indoors. However, outdoor biking is better as you get to take in fresh air and sunshine, and also enjoy the view. Imagine, riding your bike on a warm, sunny day and feeling the wind rushing up to your face.

Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

Arthritis is a common problem for many seniors. Pain is the most significant symptom of arthritis. In the past, many believed exercise was taboo for people with arthritis. However, research shows us this is not true. Exercise, the low-impact kind, is extremely beneficial for seniors with arthritis. Here are some popular low-impact exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine.

Forget Downsizing – Boomers Want More Square Footage

What constitutes a happy, and fulfilling life? Quality of living is having healthy social relationships, including exercise each day, and loving your surroundings. This concept is why active lifestyle communities do what they do. Recognizing what’s important to today’s discerning baby boomers, active adult communities are designed to meet their needs, offering an all-encompassing experience for this next chapter.

Back in the day “retiring” meant cookie-cutter smaller-scale housing, playing bingo, and getting old. This couldn’t be further from the truth in today’s age where folks are continuing to work well beyond 65, and want to get a head start finding their ideal home. According to an article written by Forbes, the demand for homes within 55+ communities has become increasingly popular, as are the amenities these homebuyers are seeking. It’s gone way beyond the idea that the kids have moved out, let’s downsize. Buyers are taking the opportunity to go bigger, and better looking for luxury features, in prime locations to perhaps pursue around two careers or just savor their hard-earned retirement.

Winter Wellness Rituals

Winter Wellness Rituals

Depending on where you are in the world, chances are you’re cranking up the heat, and seeking refuge under a warm blanket, living on hot soup, and perhaps a Netflix marathon. This time of year is dead of winter at its peak, and New Year resolutions that promised a brisk walk, and lots of salads might be fizzling out as our bodies brave the cold. The good news is that going strong with your wellness resolutions can easily be done in the great indoors with some simple modifications.

During the summer when we crave lighter foods, the opposite is true during winter when the body actually needs warm cooked foods to regulate body temperature, and feel satiated. It’s easy to incorporate vegetables into your diet by way of hot soups, and warm salads made with grains, proteins, and roasted vegetables. Does market produce looking sad? Choose veggies like parsnips, winter squash, rutabaga, or leafy cabbages. Use warming spices to enhance digestion such as turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Recharge by Going Unplugged

Thought a juice cleanse was the only way to detox? Last summer on a weekend family getaway, we all settled into our hotel room and spent a good while immersed in our cell phones. It could have been an iPhone commercial or an ad for how the modern family does downtime, but it was also an eye-opener to how technology has become such a pivotal part of our lives that we almost feel lost without it. How many times have you witnessed someone’s frustration because they lost reception, or couldn’t get wifi? What began as a convenient way to stay in touch, has become an all-consuming pastime of checking for updates from the moment we wake up. The benefits of a digital fast can be as beneficial as putting healthy fuel into your body, reminding us that technology is there to work for us not the other way around.

Tips For Your Healthiest Holiday Yet

Tips For Your Healthiest Holiday Yet

If the holiday season has thrown a wrench in your daily routine, you’re not alone. Never has the term burning daylight been more fitting as we try and fit wellness in between gift shopping, spending time with family, and attending social engagements. Making your health a priority this time of year sounds easier said than done, but putting your best foot forward means putting yourself first. Nowadays healthy living is associated with fancy tonics, trendy superfoods, and endless spin classes, but creating realistic health goals you’ll WANT to stick with can be simple to do with these everyday tips.

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Transitioning into the winter solstice means even shorter days and chillier weather that makes us want to huddle under a blanket with a plate of cookies instead of making a green smoothie, and tackling a morning workout. Seasonal Affective Disorder is better known as S.A.D is the culprit behind the case of the blues many people experience this time of year and leaves many of us feeling lackluster and unmotivated. The good news is that you’re not alone, and there are some great tips to get you out of hibernation mode, and feeling your best.