Making sure your joints are in the correct position

Making sure your joints are in the correct position

| Article provided by Fitworks Perfect Posture | Did you know that you have 360 joints, 640 muscles, and 206 bones in your body?  A lot is going on inside of you that gives you the ability to look, see, taste, smell, touch, and move around so you can experience all the wonderful things in life AND look fabulous while doing so! It all must be in perfect balance to allow this to occur. But what if something happens to cause an imbalance? What if one or more joints are no longer in their proper position? What happens then? And how do you even know if this has happened to your body? A misalignment may impair your range of motion and severe issues can affect your quality of life. There may be signs that your spine is misaligned, along with pain around several joints in the body. Hip pain will present with tight muscles on the hip and low back approximately two inches right or left...
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Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Staying in shape can be difficult especially during the summer months if you enjoy outdoor workouts and activities. If you didn't already know, seniors that are 65 and older technically should be getting to 2.5 hours of moderately based aerobic exercise every week. This could be anything from walking, swimming, or light jogging. If you do more than a light jog or any type of cardio you would need about 1 hour and 15 minutes to satisfy that standard of wellness. Strength training can and should easily be on your weekly agenda. You should be doing at least two days of strength training out of a regular week. If you do any form of strength training consistently you can help to prevent bone loss and this even allows you to build new bones. Doing these forms of exercise such as weight training can help to prevent and alleviate osteoporosis as well. This goes for tons of other health-related issues. There are other...
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Are you wearing the right shoes?

Are you wearing the right shoes?

Walking is a highly beneficial activity for people of all ages, seniors included. The National Institute on Aging specifically recommends walking as an exercise for seniors because it is relatively low impact, unlikely to produce injury, and its intensity level can be raised at the senior’s own pace. The benefits of walking are too great to ignore. Even so, there is one caution about that “special equipment” feature - a walker needs good shoes, fitted to his or her special requirements. Seniors are more likely to have these special requirements because foot problems become more common as we age. The normal wear on feet through the years inevitably produces changes. Feet tend to become wider, and the fatty pads that cushion the bottoms of feet become thin or disappear. Seniors should have their feet measured more often than younger people, not assuming that their shoe sizes remain unchanged. Shoes are a part of a person’s wardrobe, but they are also functional items...
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Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Are you tired of the same old routine? Want to spend more time with your grandchildren stuck at home? Then set up a play date with your grandkids! If you've ever seen children on a playground, you will know how much they love to run around. A few hours outside with the little humans will surely get your heart racing. Moving around and being physically active comes naturally to children, so it's an excellent motivation to move around. The best part is that playtime will benefit you and help them. Swimming in a pool or climbing to the top of a slide encourages your grandchildren to a lifetime of being active, especially during this digital age. Here are six ways you and your grandkids can stay active together: Take them for a nature walk around your neighborhood or local park. Play a video fitness app together and see who wins! Go for a bike ride, don't forget your helmets! Build a magical...
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What happens to your body when you stop moving?

What happens to your body when you stop moving?

| Contributed by Fitworks Perfect Posture | It may contribute to life-threatening conditions, contribute to chronic pain, increase the risk of osteoporosis, increase the risk of thrombophlebitis and compromise the immune system. Evidence shows that prolonged sitting is devastating to your health. It actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, even if you’re very fit. Because of sitting, your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and toxic buildup all rise. The solution to these adverse effects does not involve a prescription—all you need to do is get up and avoid sitting as much as possible! If you’ve been sitting down for a full hour, you’ve sat too long. Did you know that within 90 seconds of simply standing up, the muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol—which are mediated by insulin—are activated? At the molecular level, the human body was designed to be active and on the move all day long. If you stop moving for extended periods, it’s like telling your body it’s...
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Perfect posture and its importance for proper body function

Perfect posture and its importance for proper body function

| Contributed by Fitworks Perfect Posture | What is the first thing you visualize when you hear the phrase “bad posture?”  I am sure we all see a body slumped forward with rounded shoulders and a huge hump in their upper back. What is happening to the organs inside that body we just visualized?  What about the nerves?  And, what about the blood flow? Just in that one small bad posture we have a person who may have restricted nerves going down into his harms and hands.  So, the hands may tingle or feel numb at times.  The fingers may feel cold and may have trouble moving in the manner they are used to. This person may have trouble raising their hands above their head.  Reaching for items in a cupboard or even washing their hair may be impossible. They may have digestion issues.  The stomach could feel bloated at times and have heartburn at other times. The ribcage and sternum are pushing down on to...
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How posture affects how people perceive you

How posture affects how people perceive you

You may not realize it, but your posture has a large impact on how you are perceived by others.  It also changes your body chemistry setting you up for either success or failure. Judged by your posture? You have probably never even thought about this. In fact, studies have shown that your body language can influence the way you are perceived by others.  Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist from the Harvard Business School, determined that assuming a powerful stance can increase power hormones (testosterone) and decrease stress hormones (cortisol). If you can feel these physiological changes in yourself, it will be reflected in the way others perceive you. From the outside, others judge you by what they see. Posture begins from the ground up.  A lot of people these days walk with feet in an externally rotated position, or as we call it, “duck feet.”  Instead of walking with a confident stride and a spring in your step, this gait style can often...
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Read this if you are concerned about falling

Read this if you are concerned about falling

Many senior concerns are imaginary or exaggerated, but fear of falling is not. Falling injuries often begin a downward cycle of health and wellbeing that leads to many other problems, even death. Ironically, the fear of falling may become as damaging as falling itself; this fear can lead to unnecessary limitations on the very activities that keep seniors mobile, fit and healthy. According to the British Medical Journal, up to one half of all seniors have a range of problems related to the fear of falling. This is true regardless of whether or not they have a personal history of falls. They may have witnessed a fall, known someone who suffered an injury from falling or heard some grim story about the consequences of a fall. As a result, some seniors avoid activities that can actually help prevent these accidents. Anxieties about falling may lead to avoidance of healthy physical activity, increasing frailty and loss of balance. The fear of falling...
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Steps to take to help prevent falling

Steps to take to help prevent falling

All seniors should make keeping their personal mobility a top priority and that means taking steps today to “stay on your feet” in the future.  It is not news to seniors that falls are a major concern. Most of us know someone who has lost their balance, taken a fall and started a painful, costly, even a fatal chain of events. This may involve a broken bone, hospitalization, a long rehab period and exposure to the dangers of being bedridden or hospitalized. Let’s not dwell on the stories and statistics we have heard many times; falls are a big problem, that’s a given. Instead, let’s think about planning ahead to avoid the problem or to deal with it effectively when it does occur. While some medical conditions increase the danger of falling for all ages, falls should not be a normal part of growing older. Taking care of your overall health may be the most important factor in fall prevention. Most...
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This is how exercise can help with arthritis

This is how exercise can help with arthritis

All seniors should take an active interest in exercise because it is one of the most important single things they can do to remain healthy. Unfortunately, arthritis can get in the way due to pain and discomfort. In recent years, several new and highly effective drug therapies have been made available to arthritis patients. These drugs have helped thousands of people, but they are expensive and can sometimes cause serious side effects. Most doctors believe that exercise is the best and most effective non-pharmaceutical therapy for people with arthritis. It is understandable that the thought of swimming, riding a bike or walking may sometimes seem overwhelming. Painful, stiff joints discourage many people from getting the exercise they need to remain healthy and mobile. Ironically, a proper exercise program will actually help reduce arthritis pain and stiffness. Exercise benefits people with arthritis by increasing strength and flexibility, fighting fatigue and reducing joint pain. It is not the case that moderate movement will...
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