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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?

10 Signs You are Experiencing Too Much Stress

10 Signs You are Experiencing Too Much Stress

Stress, a tension we feel emotionally and physically, has infiltrated all of our lives at one point or another. It is your body's response to a challenge stemming from a disruptive or upsetting event. From this, you can feel angry, nervous, or frustrated, to name a few.

Stress can cause many physical and mental symptoms and affect how people think, act, and feel. This article will focus on the 10 common signs and symptoms of dealing with too much stress.

10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

What is Digital Fatigue?

Digital fatigue is a state of mental exhaustion that is a side effect of our modern, ever-connected life. We are rarely more than a few inches from our mobile devices. We use them for every conceivable purpose. We are always "on" and constantly connected through social media, email, text messages, calls, and more. For many people, work or other forms of digital entertainment follow them on digital devices all hours of the day. This constant deluge of information leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed and burnt out.

Signs of digital fatigue include:

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.

Do You Suffer From Prolonged Stress? Try Conscious Rest

Do You Suffer From Prolonged Stress? Try Conscious Rest

The latest research shows that rates of stress have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, and it is starting to affect our health. A big part of this is isolation, working from home, and disrupting our usual social activities, leaving us feeling disconnected and tired. 

An online article published in Healthline on February 5, 2021, interviewed the service chief of a psychiatric hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Michael Young. In the interview, he stated, “Social connection is a fundamental source of well-being and renewal for most people, and the ongoing social restrictions from the pandemic continue to disrupt many of the well-established social routines.”

We, as humans, are social beings. We require interaction with others. The inability to do so increases the body’s natural stress response, amping up our nervous systems, leaving us feeling more vulnerable, increasing our pain.

5 Actions To Help You Fall Asleep More Quickly

5 Actions To Help You Fall Asleep More Quickly

Sleep is a crucial part of life. We need it to survive. Therefore, falling asleep should be easy, right? You'd think that after a long day doing chores or chasing around grandkids, you'd fall asleep the moment you crawl into bed. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. Many retirees and people over the age of 60 find themselves struggling with insomnia or the inability to fall asleep at night. According to Sleep Foundation, as many as 35% of adults are affected by insomnia, and older adults are even more susceptible. 

Fall Asleep Faster with These Tips!

Below we've listed five ways seniors can treat insomnia without medication, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer.

How Dangerous Is Your Bathroom? 5 Safety Tips

How Dangerous Is Your Bathroom? 5 Safety Tips

Many of the injuries that occur every day happen in the home. Of these, a large portion occurs in the bathroom, where the water and clutter add to the risk of every day. As reported by the CDC, in 2008, approximately 235,000 people in the U.S. ages 15+ sustained nonfatal, unintentional injuries in bathrooms that resulted in treatment from emergency departments.

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?

Geriatrics vs. Gerontology: What's the Difference?

Geriatrics vs. Gerontology: What's the Difference?

Are you confused about the difference between geriatrics and gerontology?

Geriatrics refers to a branch of medicine focusing on the health of aging bodies. Gerontology as a field of study and practice takes a broader perspective. It includes the physical, mental and social aspects of aging. In this sense, geriatrics represents a subset of gerontology.

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture refers to how we position our bodies when sitting, standing, or laying down. Your overall health relies on good posture. It keeps your bones aligned with the rest of your body, and the tension in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons adequately spread. It even improves your blood flow.

Maintaining a good posture means that you hold your body in the best position possible to place minimal stress on your back and spine. Since our spines begin to change as we age, good posture becomes even more critical for older adults. Have you ever heard that as we age, we get shorter? Well, this is, in fact, true. The cushions between our bones start to break down and thin over time, plus the cartilage and tissues connecting our spines lose their elasticity and are not as thick. But, having good posture can help with this.

Falling is the number one reason for broken bones and injuries among older adults. The high number of falls means that learning how to be more aware of good posture is needed to improve balance and decrease falling chances. Good posture is also an osteoporosis preventative. It lowers heart attack and stroke risk, makes you feel happier, helps sustain memory recall, and helps with digestive issues.

Below are the ten tips we highly recommend for older adults to improve their posture.