How to Stay Motivated to Move

How to Stay Motivated to Move

Staying motivated while we’re stuck at home is not easy. Without anything to look forward to, we let the days go by and forget to get ourselves up and moving. The days seem to mesh together and before we know it, we haven’t done anything for our health all week. Set a goal A great way to get out of the cycle is to set goals. Some goals can look like taking a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood five times a week or doing three online workout classes every other day. Write out the goal and put it somewhere that you can remember like on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator. Sometimes, we forget about the goal we made weeks ago so by writing it out you can stick to it. Have an accountability partner When we tell someone we are going to do something, we are more likely to follow through than if we just tell it to ourselves. Whether it be your spouse,...
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Walk this Weigh!

Walk this Weigh!

Seniors, these past few weeks have been rough! We are in the middle of a pandemic, massive protests, and its hurricane season again. Instead of staring blankly at toxic news cycles, step outside and go for a walk. Walking is an excellent way to get a nice kick of endorphins (a chemical released into your body when you exercise). This organic version of morphine helps reduce your perception of pain and triggers an overall positive feeling. Walking 30 minutes every day can also: Increase cardiovascular fitness Make your bones stronger Help you lose weight Increase your muscle strength Elongate endurance. Those are some fantastic benefits! It is almost unbelievable how such a simple task can have such a massive effect on our health. Getting physical activity does not have to be strenuous or expensive. A simple walk outside is free and can be done at any time of the day! If you find the thought of walking 30 minutes every day...
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Make your health a priority–check out SilverSneakers!

Make your health a priority–check out SilverSneakers!

While gyms are reopening and we all want to get back in shape, it’s important to think about our unique circumstance and how we can stay safe while working out. If your gym is not safe for you to visit, then there are ways to make exercising at home a part of your daily routine. SilverSneakers is a great way to stay in shape while at home. All you need to do is see if you are eligible through your health insurance. You just need your name, birthday, email and phone number to check. SilverSneakers has hundreds of on-demand workout classes you can do from the comfort of your home and the company is part of a national network of gyms and community centers available for those who would like to visit a gym. Classes are made specifically for seniors with caring instructions that can help with improving cardiovascular strength, flexibility and much more. All you need to do is check...
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Do not abandon your health goals

Do not abandon your health goals

Do you want to be stronger or build up the stamina to walk around or clean the house for longer time? Goals like these keep us moving when motivation does not exist. Sometimes, the desire to lose weight or eat healthier to live longer is not enough. We all like our favorite foods and should not have to give them up. That is why we recommend changing your mindset. Instead of focusing on discouraging goals, how about an easy goal like going for a 15 to 30 minute walk every day? Find something easy to remember and simple enough to see the difference over time. You do not have to have fancy gym equipment to get yourself moving and benefit in the long run. Focus on cardio Getting your heartrate up every day is important for cardiovascular health. We have heard this many times but it is hard to know what works. What works for one person may not work for another,...
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Let’s Not Slow Down while we Hunker Down

Let’s Not Slow Down while we Hunker Down

Although we are isolating ourselves from each other and keeping our distance, this is not an excuse for slowing down our life or discontinuing our routine. While things have changed and our social gatherings, outings and other activities have come to a halt, we should not give up on our socializing and entertainment. We should just change it up in the meantime! There are a variety of creative ways we can socialize with friends and family during this time of social distancing. If you have not tried using Facetime (on the iPhone) or Skype, this is a great time to learn the technology and see your loved ones face-to-face. Once you have a hang of it, you can include multiple people to your conversation and set up a date and time to have a virtual get together. Whether you previously got together for dinner, happy hour, morning prayer or afternoon lunch, you can incorporate this routine to an online format to...
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Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50

America is obsessed with weight loss trends and being skinny. There have been so many fad diets in the past decades it would be hard to keep track of them all! The pressure to be thin is overwhelming, and the older an adult is, the harder it can be. However, losing weight is possible without a crazy diet and expensive gym equipment. All you need is a little prep and dedication. Tips and tricks for weight loss after 50: Eat leaner protein (helps keep you fuller longer and even reverse muscle loss) Lift weights (strength training aids in weight loss) Drink water (hydration aids weight loss and keeps the body young) Limit added sugars and processed food Workout with a community of friends (to keep you motivated and on track) Move around more (take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to a coffee shop) Try intermittent fasting (check with your primary care physician first) Prioritize your sleep (without proper sleep...
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BAM! Balance and Motion

BAM! Balance and Motion

Attention all seniors! Do not let the winter slow you down, get up, and whip that body into shape. Aging may be a natural part of life, but do not slow down and let it take over. Did you know that after 30, you begin to lose between 3% to 5% of muscle per decade, according to Harvard Health? This loss of tissue increases the risks of falls and injuries like a broken hip or collarbone. Keeping your body active and limber is critical. So, if you want to stay strong or if you set fitness goals for 2020, keep the momentum going and join senior fitness specialist Artie G. for BAM! BAM, a class for balance and motion, helps seniors develop balance, coordination, and core strength. In 45 minutes, you will increase your flexibility and range of motion through a very gentle and supportive class. Head on over to BAM, at Palm Coast’s Community Center this Thursday, February 6,...
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Stay active during the holidays

Stay active during the holidays

The holidays are near and so are the temptations to eat heavy meals with desserts and to indulge a bit more than usual. We want you to know that this is totally okay, but you should keep in mind to stay active as much as possible. It is difficult with schedules getting busier and the daylight hours getting shorter, so we recommend that anyone in the Daytona Beach area to check out the City of Daytona Beach’s Leisure Services that includes four recreation centers. John H. Dickerson Community Center at 308 South Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Midtown Cultural and Educational Center 925 George W. Engram Blvd Peggy Schnebly Recreation Center 1101 North Atlantic Ave Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center at 1000 Vine St The recreation centers offer everything from ballroom dancing, hula, arts and crafts, cardio drumming, “Seniorcise” and yoga programs for those over the age of 55. The Senior Oasis Program that the centers offer provide unique...
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Do you get enough physical activity?

Do you get enough physical activity?

As we age it is important to keep our bodies not only limber, but strong! Getting a regular amount of physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Regular exercise lowers our levels of stress, reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s. Yet, how much exercise is enough? According to The American College of Sports Medicine, 150 minutes of moderate activity, three times a week is the perfect amount of physical activity. The best part is that you can break it up for ten minutes at a time! Moderate activities include: walking briskly, climbing flights of stairs, riding a bike or water aerobics. Strength training coupled with aerobic exercise is also recommended. Strength training helps build muscle mass, helps you lose weight and also increases bone density. The older we get the harder it is for our body to stay strong. By targeting all the major muscle groups at least...
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Senior Health and Fitness

Senior Health and Fitness

The quality of life experienced by seniors is directly related to their level of fitness and overall health. Today, it is possible for seniors to remain healthy, active and involved well into their 80’s. 90’s and beyond, but only if they remain as fit as possible. If you are a spouse, caregiver or the senior concerned, you should be aware of the fitness goals that seniors should strive to meet. Learn about dietary guidelines for older adults, such as the National Council on Aging Guidelines for Senior Nutrition. Healthy eating guidelines do change a little as you age. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before, and seniors may have need of some vitamin and mineral supplements like calcium or vitamin D. Keep a list of prescription medications and over-the-counter products that your senior loved one (or you) take. The metabolic changes that occur naturally with aging may make some of these products inappropriate, especially...
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