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Balance and Fitness Assessments for Seniors Now Available in Denver Metro Area

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:24 AM

"Sign me up for assisted living! I can't wait to give up my home, move to an institution and say goodbye to my privacy and independence." You're not likely to hear any older adults saying those words any time soon!

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Tags: balance, Baby Boomer, senior exercise, functional fitness, flexibility

Neck Exercises for Desk Workers

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

If you have a desk job, chances are you also have a pain in your neck. Poor desk ergonomics and improper sitting posture may be wreaking havoc on your neck and spine. For most of us, a little daily attention in the form of a few simple stretches will help keep our necks happy and healthy.

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Tags: lifestyle habits, workplace exercise, flexibility, stretches, core exercises

Fitness for Women at Midlife and Beyond

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 01:22 PM

A big percentage of my clientele consists of women at midlife who are looking for a fitness program that will help them age gracefully, vibrantly and independently. Often they've been burned by the one-size-fits-all approach at their local fitness center. I think it's vitally important to design a fitness program that fits your unique needs, goals and limitations, but there are a few key factors that are common for almost everyone.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, exercise, senior exercise, weight training, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, weight bearing exercise

A Fitness Program to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

If you think being a senior means being condemned to a life of inactivity and pain because of aching joints, fragile bones, chronic illness and mental decline, I have good news for you. There is a fitness program for you that may prevent some of those issues if you start soon enough. And even if you already have chronic, debilitating health issues, this fitness program can relieve some of your pain and can dramatically improve your quality of life.

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Tags: balance, exercise, senior exercise, functional fitness, flexibility

Low Back Stretches for Gardeners

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sat, Jun 23, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

Ever since I planted my first bean seed in a paper cup back in grade school, I've been an avid gardener. But the older I get, the more I realize what a toll gardening can take on my aging Baby Boomer body.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, senior exercise, flexibility, stretches

Ask a Personal Trainer: Can Exercise Be Part of My Arthritis Therapy?

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sat, Jun 02, 2012 @ 08:59 AM

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects millions of Americans. The CDC estimates that 50 million U.S. adults have been told by a physician that they have some form of arthritis (including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia). In 2007-2009, 50% of adults aged 65 or older reported an arthritis diagnosis.

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Tags: exercise, senior exercise, functional fitness, flexibility, arthritis

Low Back Stretches for Snow Shovelers

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 04:18 PM

If you live in the Denver metro area, you woke up this morning to 8-12" of new snow on the ground. Shoveling snow is a terrific aerobic, full-body workout, especially if you're using good form.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, flexibility, stretches

Workout Routines for Seniors: 8 Essential Factors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 02:35 PM

You've probably heard by now that physical inactivity is associated with an increase in risk for a wide range of illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers among others.  Unfortunately, the rates of inactivity go up the older you get. According to survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008 32.7%--almost a third--of adults 65 and over reported NO leisure-time physical activity within the prior month.

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Tags: balance, exercise, bone density, strength, senior exercise, functional fitness, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, endurance

Benefits of Exercise for Baby Boomers and Seniors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 @ 05:02 PM

Why do people exercise? Well, once it's a habit, people exercise because it feels good, but a lot of people begin an exercise program because they want to lose weight. If you're overweight, losing even a few pounds is a good thing, but there are lots of other reasons to exercise. If you're a Baby Boomer or Senior (heck, even if you're a twentysomething), regular exercise offers many benefits that will improve the quality of your life.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, exercise, weight loss, body image, osteoporosis, bone density, senior exercise, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, Type 2 diabetes

4 Tips to Improve Your Stretching and Flexibility Workout

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 07:17 AM

Show of hands: who can no longer touch your toes? How about reaching back to zip up your dress? Low back pain, anyone? If this sounds like you, you could have a problem with decreased flexibility. Flexibility decreases naturally as we age because muscles, tendons and ligaments stiffen and lose elasticity, but you don't have to lose the ability to manage your daily activities. Maintaining and even improving your flexibility is possible at any age with just a few exercises done regularly.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, safety, senior exercise, flexibility

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