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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Steps to Living a Heart-Healthy Life

Steps to Living a Heart-Healthy Life

The heart is the engine that keeps the human body moving. It pumps blood in and out of the lungs and supplies the entire body with oxygen. As we age, our hearts begin to slow down and our arteries stiffen. This change is natural, so being proactive over our heart’s health is essential. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for older adults. Adults 65 and older have an increased risk of developing heart disease and are much more likely to suffer from a heart attack or heart failure. This change, in one of the most active muscles in the human body, is debilitating and dramatically reduces the quality of life of seniors. Luckily there are ways to prevent, delay, and reverse the risks of heart problems: Have your blood pressure checked regularly There are plenty of ways you can get your blood pressure checked that doesn’t mean waiting at the doctor’s office. Most...
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Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Since 2007, American adults have spent about seven hours a day sitting. Ever since the average amount of time devoted to a seat has increased by an hour. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four American adults sits for over eight hours a day! It was also discovered that 44% of participants did not engage in any moderate physical activity! Why is this a big deal? Your body was not made to be inactive or laying around for lengthy periods. Being idle for that long weakens your muscles, spine, and immune system. No wonder sitting has been called the “new smoking”. Experts worldwide agree that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for you. Here are just a few of the adverse side effects caused by a lifetime of over sitting: Unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes High blood cholesterol levels A greater chance of heart disease A higher risk of obesity High blood pressure Gallbladder disease Higher...
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These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

These health tools can help monitor blood pressure, exercise

New technology comes out every year that make our lives easier, from new smartphone applications to kitchen tools and more. One that we think could greatly benefit seniors is a wearable monitor that checks heart rate, blood pressure, exercise, sleep and other health indicators.  These can help with reaching fitness goals faster and help stay accountable with reminders to keep moving throughout the day. They can also benefit if you live a more sedentary lifestyle and are at risk for hypertension, diabetes and other illness. There are plenty of wearable monitors you can buy, but not all of them are up to standard. It’s important to consider the monitor’s battery life, accuracy, ease of use, durability and whether it is water resistant. We all forget to charge our phones or take off certain items before getting into the shower, so we want to make sure this new device can withstand long periods of time without charge and the occasional shower without...
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