Category Archives: Health and Fitness

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.

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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.

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Prioritizing Muscular Health for an Active Senior Life

Can you Stand up with no Hands?

Have you needed help getting up off the floor or chair once you have sat on it? This is a warning to many seniors that they may not be as healthy as they think. If you cannot get up off the floor without using your hands for support or without the help of your grandchildren, studies show that you could be heading for an early grave. Worried? Well, read on and find some informative information we gleaned from recent medical research.

Home Remedies for Senior Health

With the staggering health care costs and evidence of long term side effects of certain medications, the trend towards adopting natural home remedies is gaining more and more popularity these days.  These can be easily made at home with natural ingredients from your own backyard or grocery store.  Home remedies have been in use for hundreds of thousands of years.  There are a myriad of home remedies that have been known to cure various illnesses.  Below are four home remedies that are effective in helping with common ailments that afflict the elderly.

happy senior couple hiking on the mountain park

Hiking is a Fantastic Pastime for Seniors

Hiking in beautiful natural environments can freshen up the mind and the body. It is very beneficial for over 55 people who like to keep their bodies fit for a couple of decades more. If you have experienced the joys of hiking, you know how enjoyable a day hike on a trail through breathtaking views of beautiful wooded areas or through a savanna landscape can be. Seniors who are beginners at hiking should first think about their capabilities and the limitations. While the lighter physical activities like walking and hiking on established trails, sightseeing, fishing and boat trips are good for the health of seniors, strenuous activities such as trekking, biking, and rock climbing are not suitable for those having hypertension or a history of heart problems.