How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

4 Excuses Seniors Use with Caregivers to Avoid Exercise

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] (Link to YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw) 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. 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

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How To Get Started on an Exercise Program

Starting an Exercise Program

Often the most difficult part of exercising is just getting yourself started.  It's a question of commitment and motivation. How To Get Started on an Exercise Program First you need to decide - for your own reasons, and not anyone else's - that you want to exercise. Most seniors are motivated when they realize that exercise will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle, become more mobile and remain independent. Then make a commitment to yourself that you will exercise on a regular basis. Once exercise becomes a habit, it's easier to motivate yourself every day. Setting aside a certain time every

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Exercising with Allergies

Exercising with Allergies

Exercising with Allergies When the weather changes, we all know what that means: allergy season is on its way! This may cause many of us to groan – after all, everyone is susceptible to allergies regardless of age, and allergies can actually cause some serious complications for those with cardiovascular health issues. But hiding indoors all allergy season isn’t going to help, either! Exercising with Allergies Exercising with allergies may seem difficult, but it’s certainly not impossible. In fact, the key is exercising the right way so you can take care of your allergies and your body. Top Tips Below are

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Exercise Tips for Seniors

Exercise Tips for Seniors

Exercise Tips for Seniors Follow these tips to start - and maintain - a safe exercise program. 1. Get medical clearance. Before you start exercising, visit your doctor and get his or her permission for the type of exercise you plan to do. 2. Start slowly and build up. Especially if you haven't exercised for a while, go slow and start with just 10 minutes at a time. Little by little, increase the time you exercise and the intensity. Your comfort range may change daily, so don't become discouraged if you can't do the same amount of exercise as you

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Senior Balance Exercises

Balance Exercise

  Senior Balance Exercises  Do balancing exercises every day to optimize your balance as a senior.  Keeping a good sense of balance helps you avoid dangerous falls which can result in broken bones.  It also increases your overall fitness.  It also gives you a feeling of confidence everyday in every part of your life that you're not going to lose your balance.  Senior Balance Exercises    As you start doing balance exercises, if you're concerned that you might lose your balance and fall, ask someone to stand near you. You should also check with your doctor before you start in

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Strength and Resistance Training

Strength and Resistance Training

Strength and Resistance Training  Strength/resistance exercises emphasize repetitive motions to strengthen your muscles. They prevent loss of bone mass and improve balance too, reducing the frailty that can come with aging - and that often has devastating consequences. Strength and Resistance Training    Most strength training is done using weights, resistance bands, nautilus machines or by using steps, furniture, walls or the floor for resistance. Plan your strength/resistance exercising two to three times a week for 30 to 60 minutes. If you do it more often, you could overuse or strain your muscles - and giving yourself 24 hours before repeating

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Making Exercise Fun

Making Exercise Fun Do What You Like If you don't like jogging, just don't jog. Ditto with swimming or weight lifting. Choose to do the activities you like - and you'll be much more likely to stick with an exercise program. Try some new activities that you've never done to find out if you like them. Often the newness of an activity will keep you interested and motivated! Do A Variety of Activities Mix up your activities so you don't get bored. Take a hike on Monday, go to your swimming class on Tuesday, work with weights on Wednesday. If

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Four Areas of Muscle Deterioration

Muscle Deterioration

Four Areas of Muscle Deterioration Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to prevent functional decline as we age. This is critical because any functional decline can result in more serious and life-threatening issues such as broken bones, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Four Areas of Muscle Deterioration To maintain optimal function, human bodies require muscular activity and regular movement. When these are lacking, our muscle mass, bone density, strength, flexibility and range of motion all decline rapidly. As we age, if we stop moving and don't use our muscles, four areas can begin to deteriorate:

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