Keeping Active as a Senior in Mind and Body

Sometimes, it’s much easier to just veg out on the couch with a cup of your favorite tea and an easy to read, lots of pictures, magazine. So, that’s just what I’m going to do until, I turn the page, and lo and behold, there’s a stunning 60 something woman all tangled up in some type of yoga pose. I stare at that picture wondering, how does she do it and then I feel it…the guilt! It creeps up the back of my legs and into my derriere planted comfortably on the couch. I should be that woman in the

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What’s better for bones: diet or exercise?

Scientists may have found some clues to help answer an age-old question:  What has a more positive impact on bones, diet or exercise? Perhaps you’ve heard evidence for both these important habits. But a new University of Michigan (U-M) study got closer to a final answer. To get this answer, researchers had to determine what effect diet alone, exercise alone, and then both diet and exercise together had on bone mineral content and density. Researchers studied 16-week old mice and split them into various groups. Half got a control diet. The other half got an enriched diet with added calcium

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How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

It has long been known that exercise benefits the brain through improved vascular health, but scientists are beginning to discover that the benefits could be much more far-reaching. Watch Richard London, MD, Silverado Oak Village Medical Director, explain how exercise may be far more beneficial than previously believed. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] Recent studies show an association between higher levels of physical activity and a slowing in cognitive decline and dementia onset. In some cases an increase in the volume of the hippocampus (where Alzheimer's starts) was observed. Based on this research, Silverado has made physical exercise a pillar of the Nexus program, which is designed to help

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How Seniors can Achieve 10,000 Steps Per Day

How Seniors can Achieve 10,000 Steps Per Day

Do you believe 10,000 steps a day is realistic? I've always enjoyed walking outdoors, not on a treadmill. But before two years ago, I never tracked the number of steps, only the miles or the time. After buying a step tracker, I'm very loyal to reaching the 10,000 steps each day. If I don't, I feel guilty. The first year and half of owning a tracker, I lived in the suburbs and I found it difficult to achieve because the walk became routine and boring. It was the same walk every day. The landscape had little to offer and changing

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3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health

3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health

When considering a new exercise program that interests you, you may want to seek out something entirely new. Recent studies by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that practicing yoga several times a week may significantly improve the overall well being and health of seniors. Yoga is the sixth most commonly used complementary health habits among American adults, making it a great option for seniors looking to enhance their quality of life. 3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health The practice of yoga has many health benefits for seniors that stem from its combination of physical postures, deep breathing, and

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Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors

Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors

Meditation is incredibly popular. It’s used by yoga instructors, corporate executives, presidents, and even movie stars. Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors But what about seniors? Should they start incorporating meditation into their lives, too? Actually, meditation for seniors has been steadily gaining in popularity – and for good reason. This practice has a positive effect on seniors physically, mentally, and emotionally. Meditation for Seniors – Why It’s So Important Betty Rhodes, a contributing writer for the Napa Valley Register, thinks meditation for seniors is a great idea. And she should know – she’s a senior with a regular

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How To Keep Your Memory Clear

Most people think that it’s too late to start exercising in their golden years. But I have some good news for you. Did you know that exercise actually energizes us “older” folks’ cells more than younger people’s? And it’s never too late to start! A recent 2017 study published in Cell Metabolism Journal showed that the older participants’ muscle cells actually benefited more from exercising than younger ones. In the experiment, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) changed the activity levels in almost 400 genes in the older participants, compared to only 274 genes in the younger participants. (These gene activities signal

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Exercising for a Healthy Brain Is Easier than You Think

In recent years a flood of research is showing that keeping healthy and active is a key factor in helping the brain age well. But if you think that it takes running a marathon or spending hours a day in the gym to get these benefits, you may be pleasantly surprised!  Exercising for a Healthy Brain Is Easier than You Think In a recent study, Shannon Hallaway, Ph.D., a researcher at Rush University School of Nursing, found that higher levels of physical activity done as a part of normal life is associated with more gray matter in the brain. This

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Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga?

If you see pictures in magazines, then you would think that yoga is only for young, flexible, mainly women who can do very advanced poses. However that is far from the reality. I teach yoga to over 50’s. When I explain what I do, I am often told: “I am too old to start yoga.” I ask why and they say I could never do those “pretzel poses”. I rather like that description of very difficult poses done to show off someone’s skill. Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga? The majority of people in yoga classes are over

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