Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Is Pilates Suitable for Seniors?

Pilates – Not only Suitable but Provides a Host of Health Benefits

Are you an over-50s senior looking for ways to stay in shape? Are you tired of jogging and aerobics and all other high-impact exercises and need a change? Well, have you considered Pilates? This is a great way for over 50 seniors to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. It is a low-impact workout that provides so many benefits. So, if you are bored with cycling and running, why not consider regular Pilates classes?

Health Tips for Seniors: How to Strengthen Aging Muscles

One of the greatest concerns associated with aging is the loss of muscle strength and tone. As we age, it becomes harder to keep our muscles healthy. These muscles get smaller and lose their density, decreasing the strength in our muscles and increasing the likelihood of fracture if we fall. What we must realize is that we can still strengthen our muscles and stay fit if we take a few minutes every day to do some muscle-strengthening exercises. A healthy diet in conjunction is a must as well.

Golfing for Seniors is Excellent for Health and Fun

Golf is a popular pastime for many active seniors. This is a sport commonly associated with retirement. How often would you have heard someone say “when I retire, I’m going to learn how to play golf”? How often have you considered it? Well, your time is here. Now, you have time to do what you have always wished to be doing. Let’s play golf and enjoy the putting green, the fresh air, the companionship of your golf buddy and of course the mild but significant exercise your body will get from this sport.

Gardening as a Stress Reliever for Active Adults

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Gardening as a Stress Reliever for Active Adults

Most people think retirement means no stress and no worries. How wrong they are! Just because you retire does not mean your life is stress-free. Although work-related worries and stress may disappear, there are other worries and stressors that occur in your life. For example, you may have an ill sibling or child. You may have financial worries. You may also have an illness that worries or bothers you constantly. Stress is a part of everyday living. However, it is how you handle the stress that matters.

Five Ways of Minimizing Stress in Your Life

Many people assume retired seniors have absolutely no stress. They have a pension, don’t have work-related problems, etc. How can they have stress? How wrong they are! Seniors experience heaps of stress. These are related to bill payments, mortgages, debts and medical problems. If you are a senior, and you are reading this article, here are a few ways to minimize stress in your life.

What is Osteoporosis?

Why 55+ Ladies Need to Worry About Osteoporosis

All women of a certain age go through menopause.  This brings their biological capabilities of childbearing to an end and in some senses, newfound freedom to their lives.  While it is all good on one front to reach this stage in life, menopause also raises the risk of so many illnesses that include osteoporosis.  Bones become brittle and weak when osteoporosis occurs.  The risk of osteoporosis is extremely high in women who go through menopause.  This is because, with menopause, the estrogen production in the body slows down.  It is Estrogen in our body that prevents the bones from becoming brittle and weak.  While it is not possible to stop menopause or the dwindling of estrogen production, you can prevent the onset of osteoporosis in other ways.

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The Importance of Proper Walking Shoes for Seniors

Very few of us consider the importance of proper exercise gear.  Proper exercise gear is necessary to ensure a safe and effective routine.  Most often, many people assume that since walking is a low-impact exercise, they do not need to pay attention to their shoes as a runner would but this can be a disastrous move.  Therefore, if you are an active adult who likes to keep physically fit by walking daily, you should invest in a proper pair of walking shoes.

The Importance of Drinking Water

The Importance of Drinking Water for Seniors

Water is an all-important component in our lives.  Drinking water is vital to our health and lack of it for more than 24 hours becomes a life-threatening situation. 2/3 of the body consists of water and various tissues and organs in the body are made up of water.  As we age, there is a shifting in our need for water and thirst for water.  For example, you would notice that the less water you drink the less thirsty you are.  This can lead to dehydration and serious health complications.  If you are a senior, you should know water is essential for you and strive to consume it, even without a thirst cue coming from the body.