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Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

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Cantissimo Senior Living Mar 5, 2021 10:05:09 AM
Why Do I Feel Stiff When I Wake up? 7 Tips for Relief

Do you often wake up feeling stiff or aching? Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because of your sore and stiff muscles? This is very common and often referred to as morning stiffness. Even though it is common, many people don't understand the causes of morning stiffness or how to avoid it. Many people think it solely has to do with getting older and the aging of the body. While this can certainly be a reason and a normal occurrence, aging is, more often than not, unlikely to be the reason for morning stiffness.

The most common cause of morning stiffness is tight muscles or worn and tired joints. Muscle tightness can often be mistaken for joint pain. These symptoms can also be an indication of arthritis or inflammation, but that is not always the case.

The fact is that joints do not always age at the same rate as the rest of the body. They can age faster due to wear and tear, or they can age more slowly if they are taken care of properly. Typically, overweight people are more subject to having worn joints and feeling stiff in the morning. Cartilage works as the cushioning of your joints. As your joints age, cartilage dries out and stiffens. As cartilage dries out, your joints also lose necessary lubrication, which also contributes to morning stiffness. This leads to tightness in the morning, stiff tendons, and weakened muscles. It is very difficult to reverse the symptoms of aging joints. Still, there are different things that you can do to reduce morning stiffness and the aging of your joints.

10 Low-Impact Exercises You Can Do at Home

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 23, 2021 11:56:57 AM
10 Low-Impact Exercises You Can Do at Home

The trends and fads of the wellness and fitness industry keep changing. However, one thing that will always remain a staple will be the importance of low-impact exercises. Low-impact exercises make it possible to stay active, improve mobility, and build strength without putting unnecessary stress on the joints. Thus, low-impact exercises among the most highly recommended physical activity options for aging adults.

If you are looking for ways to stay safe and healthy, here are ten of the best low-impact exercises for you:

10 Changes You Can Make to Reduce Inflammation

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 22, 2021 12:02:00 PM
10 Changes You Can Make to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is part of the body's defensive mechanism. When a cut swells up and turns red, that's inflammation healing you at work. However, it can contribute to various health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis (including psoriatic arthritis), cancer, and even depression when it goes into overdrive. It is worth noting that these health issues are also sparked by many factors such as poor diet, smoking, lack of sleep, etc.

When the immune system is activated without an illness or injury to combat, an inflammatory response may happen. The cells of the immune system that usually defend us begin to damage healthy arteries and joints because there is little to repair. When you do not eat a proper diet, do not get enough exercise, or have too much tension, the body reacts by increasing inflammation. Over time, chronic inflammation may have detrimental effects. 

Now, let's take it a step further and look at tips to reduce unnecessary inflammation.

8 Ways to Improve Your Metabolism at Any Age

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 18, 2021 9:53:33 AM
8 Ways to Improve Your Metabolism at Any Age

As we age past 50, necessary changes in our diet become more apparent. In our retirement years, we cannot eat the same as when we were in our 20s, 30s, or perhaps even as we did just a few years ago. It may feel like your body is just betraying you. Or that maybe you don't understand how to take care of it anymore. As the body ages, so does your metabolism. In this article, we will discuss easy ways to help boost your metabolism!

10 Easy Tips to Help Manage Your Arthritis

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 16, 2021 10:54:32 AM
10 Easy Tips to Help Manage Your Arthritis

Arthritis is a common medical condition. Especially for older adults, pain and inflammation in the joints are common and tend to worsen over time. While constant pain in your joints can be disruptive and distracting, there are many ways that you can learn to cope with arthritis pain or even reduce the sensations of pain.

Types of Arthritis

There are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While both of them lead to pain and inflammation in joints, the causes behind each type are vastly different.

10 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 12, 2021 12:33:37 PM
10 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy

Upon crossing the bridge into retirement, you will get the opportunity to enjoy what many consider to be the best days of your life. Unfortunately, many suffer from lower energy levels upon entering the age of retirement. Without that desired energy, enjoying your retirement to the fullest will be a challenge. There are numerous methods available for you to boost your energy at any age. Let's take a look at some of the most prominent techniques to jump-start and sustain that energy long into retirement!

10 Simple Exercises to Improve Balance (and Prevent Falls)

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 9, 2021 10:03:04 AM
10 Simple Exercises to Improve Balance (and Prevent Falls)

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 1 in 4 people above 65 falls each year. An elderly individual gets treatments in the hospital's emergency room every 11 seconds. Every 19 seconds, there is a death of an older adult due to a fall.

Falls are among the leading causes of fatal injuries and trauma-related emergency admissions in hospitals among the elderly population. Falls result in over 2.8 million injuries treated in hospitals annually, including more than 800,000 in emergency departments and over 27,000 deaths.

There are several ways to prevent falls, such as getting enough sleep, staying physically active, and taking muscle relaxant medications or strengthening supplements. Exercising helps prevent falls because it improves your balance, strengthens your muscles, and increases flexibility. Here are the ten best exercises to improve balance and prevent falls!

5 Best Daily Stretching Exercises to Try Now

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 8, 2021 12:26:24 PM
5 Best Daily Stretching Exercises to Try Now

Regular stretching offers a vast number of health benefits to older adults. Tight and stiff muscles can lead to poor posture. For instance, tight muscles in your chest, spine, and hips can cause poor posture and balance. Stretching exercises can improve pectoralis, hamstring, and upper trapezius muscles to improve posture.

Stretching improves flexibility and range of motion in your joints, leading to enhanced performance in physical activities for seniors. Back pain, especially lumbar spine pain, is a common health condition in older adults. Poor posture in the cervical spine (upper back) can lead to discomfort and pain in the lumbar spine (lower back). The condition is often due to tight hamstrings and hip flexors. Regular stretching can alleviate discomfort, inflammation, and pain in your back.

Additionally, stretching exercises can prevent muscle soreness and reduce the risk of injuries. In today's article, we will talk about five of the best stretching exercises for older adults. Read on!

8 Healthy Ways to Keep Weight Off After Losing It

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 5, 2021 9:52:43 AM
8 Healthy Ways to Keep Weight Off After Losing It

Losing weight is a big task in itself, but for many, it can be even more challenging to keep the weight off afterward. Someone who has successfully lost a significant amount of weight often falls back into bad habits and ends up gaining all the weight once again. It takes impressive dedication, discipline, and motivation to keep the weight off. Read the following tips to help keep off the weight you've worked so hard to lose!

What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

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Cantissimo Senior Living Feb 2, 2021 11:49:34 AM
What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

Antioxidants, also called free-radical scavengers, are substances that protect our body cells and DNA from harmful free radicals. Our body produces free radicals as a by-product of many processes and as a result of exposure to some substances (such as air pollutants, cigarette smoke, etc.).

Not all free radicals are harmful. They are required during various processes, but they become damaging when they exceed the standard amount (a condition called oxidative stress). In these cases, they may cause diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and other age-related conditions.

Antioxidants neutralize the harmful free radicals, protect the body from the conditions mentioned above, and boost overall health. There are hundreds of antioxidants present in our body. Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese, and selenium are popular examples.