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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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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New Study Highlights the Importance of “Postural Sway” 

Senior adult practicing yoga by the pool

Yes, low bone density can potentially lead to a fracture. But there’s another factor that can increase fracture risk by more than 10 times! It’s something called “postural sway.” Below, I’ll explain what that is, how a new study shows it’s something to be concerned about, and — the good news! — what you can do to make it less of an issue. What is Postural Sway? Postural sway is basically how well you can maintain balance while “quiet standing” (not speaking or doing anything else).  That might sound pretty straightforward, but it’s not! Just standing still is the result

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4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise

4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise

By and large, most Americans prefer to avoid exercise. As we grow older, exercise becomes more difficult, and we come up with more and more excuses to avoid it. Unfortunately, that can have grave consequences for seniors: lack of physical activity harms the elderly more than any other age group. 4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise Despite that fact, few American seniors meet the CDC’s physical activity guidelines for older adults. The CDC’s guidelines for healthy seniors include 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, and muscle-strengthening exercise two or more

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5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain

5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a health issue that disproportionately affects elderly Americans. According to a 2001 study, more than 50 percent of seniors (65 years and older) in retirement communities and more than 80 percent of nursing home residents said they suffered from persistent pain. Pain was the most frequently reported symptom among elderly test subjects in other findings. 5 Fitness Exercises for Relieving Chronic Pain The fact that chronic pain is so prevalent in aging populations means that older adults are also being prescribed opiate painkilling drugs in “astounding” numbers, according to an Associated Press report released just last year. The

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