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The Importance of Outdoor Activity for Older Adults

The Importance of Outdoor Activity for Older Adults

Research has shown that older adults who spend a reasonable amount of time outside daily tend to be healthier, both physically and mentally. Nothing rejuvenates the body like spending time outside in fresh air.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits of outdoor activities for older adults.

4 Reasons to Spend Some Time Outside

How to Improve Efficiency in Your Muscles

How to Improve Efficiency in Your Muscles

Do you ever experience prolonged fatigue lasting more than two days after exercising or playing a game of golf? Do your muscles fatigue quickly? Do you want to improve efficiency in your muscles and move and feel better in your body?

When muscles are not performing optimally and efficiently, they often feel weak, tight, or are limited in their range of motion.

The reason for the weakness, tightness, or lack of range of motion is often met with forced stretching and strength training which can prove ineffective when the cause is neuromuscular. 

There is a great misconception in the movement rehabilitation industry that we need to strengthen our muscles constantly. Truthfully, however, our ability to contract and release our muscles comes from messages sent down from the brain. We need to ensure that our muscles are getting the right messages to stay functional and efficient. Our muscles need a regular “reboot” to stay working well, particularly as we age.

Have you had this experience? You keep working harder and trying to improve your strength, but you do not feel like you are getting stronger?

Age-Proof Your Mouth With These Healthy Teeth Tips

Age-Proof Your Mouth With These Healthy Teeth Tips

As the body ages, we find that many of the systems that have carried us through life begin to show their age. Our skin is not as soft, our hair may thin, and our teeth become weakened from their years of use. This is a normal occurrence as they show the wear and tear that occurs over the years. Still, it can be slowed through good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and the assistance of dental care professionals.

8 Ways to Protect and Strengthen Your Bones

8 Ways to Protect and Strengthen Your Bones

Bone health may decline with age, but it's not too late to make conscious efforts to slow or even reverse that effect. It is important to understand that, as we age, we can take preventative measures to protect our health. Even if you have experienced significant loss in bone density, actions can still be taken to protect further damage. In detail, the questions you should be asking are:

  • What can I do to keep my bones healthy?
  • What changes need to be made?

8 Ways to Protect and Improve Bone Health

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

Meditation has benefits for all ages but may be especially helpful for older adults. Increasing the brain's focus makes it possible to boost activity throughout the brain and activate areas that are not always used in daily tasks. This can help improve the brain's functioning in many ways and help maintain growth and mental health.

10 Benefits of Meditation 

     10. Increase Memory and Concentration

There are many forms of meditation, and they all help to calm the thought process, ease the racing thoughts that pass through the mind, and increase the health and functions of the brain. Color meditation, guided meditations, and using a picture or decoration as the focus can help maintain healthy eyes and train the mind to focus on one thing and calm thoughts in the moment. It also increases memory by concentrating on memorizing the details of the meditations and slowing down the processes that interrupt focus. Meditation also slows the effects of aging on the brain to keep it healthy and younger for longer.

Should You Try Spin Classes? 7 Powerful Benefits

Should You Try Spin Classes? 7 Powerful Benefits

Many consider spinning, a version of indoor stationary bicycling, to be an excellent activity for older adults. Physical activity is essential at any age, and spinning provides an exercise that is safe, low-impact, and easy on the joints. It improves movement, heart health, and helps prevent fall-related injuries. So, is a spin class right for you? Here are several reasons you should consider trying it out:

10 Low-Impact Exercises You Can Do at Home

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

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

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 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Energy

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!