Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Do you think you could walk 4 extra steps per minute while you’re awake each day? That’s 4 steps, not city blocks or country miles. Because research shows those 4 extra steps could drop your risk of; diabetes by 23%, stroke by 22%, and even heart disease by 17%!¹ Here’s how we know that: A few years back, the Mayo Clinic published a startling chart that revealed how various diseases could be avoided by walking an extra 3,000 and 6,000 steps each day. If that sounds like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not! According to an

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The Body-Mind Connection

Senior man practicing yoga trikonasana pose at the living room

The body-mind connection is powerful. How you think can affect how feel physically. And how your body feels can impact your thoughts and emotions. Do you have thoughts that are making you feel bad about yourself? Both physically and emotionally? Leave your negative thoughts and concerns with personal counselor Kendall and get on with a happier and healthier life. Thoughts Impact Overall Health There are ways for your brain to boost your overall health. One of these is natural pain reducers, endorphins, which can help to trigger positive feelings. Endorphins are a powerful part of the brain’s reward system. They

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How to Get Seniors to Spend More Time Out of the House

How to Get Seniors to Spend More Time Out of the House

At Visiting Angels®, we know how important home is to elderly adults. After all, the very goal of senior home care is to help seniors extend their years spent in the comfort of home. But as recent research has found, spending too much time at home can significantly shorten the lifespan of seniors. How to Get Seniors to Spend More Time Out of the House According to results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors who rarely leave the house have higher rates of mortality than seniors who leave their homes regularly. Meanwhile, seniors who leave the house

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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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Simple Exercises for Sciatica Relief

Simple Exercises for Sciatica Relief

If you do any sort of exercise, you know that stretching offers invaluable help for your aching muscles. Stretching can let the tension release, can help your muscles warm up, and allow your body to cool down, too. Plus, stretching before and after an exercise session can be a good way to work out any kinks that may be bothering you. Simple Exercises for Sciatica Relief  But stretching isn’t just about exercise relief.  Stretching may also be great for other types of pain, including that caused by the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a term that describes leg pain that travels from

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Is walking bad for my knees?

Is walking bad for my knees?

We had a sweet woman in our clinic last week who asked us this question… Is walking bad for my knees? “Can walking be bad for my knees?” Is walking bad for my knees? She mentioned she’s started to experience knee pain a few years ago when walking down the stairs and thought nothing of it. Can walking be bad for my knees? She thought it was just something that would “wear off” in time. But, when she noticed the pain in her knees every time she went down the stairs, or walked up and down hills with her dog, she thought she

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Easy ways to get moving this year

Easy ways to get moving this year

New year resolutions can drive us nuts, especially the ones dealing with exercise. There's nothing more irritating than setting goals around an activity that you're not interested in doing. Easy ways to get moving this year Believe me, you're not the only person who dreads the annual January - start an exercise program as a New Year resolution. And dealing with the excuses not to follow through is exhausting. If this rings true for you, I have happy news. You can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to being more physically active during the new year. Because

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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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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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