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How to Improve Balance: Tips for Baby Boomers and Seniors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sun, May 13, 2012 @ 06:39 PM

You spent your thirties and forties trying to sort out your work/life balance. But suddenly you're in your fifties or sixties, and maintaining physical balance becomes a much more important consideration. Maybe you or someone you know has taken a spill on the stairs or an icy sidewalk. It only takes one balance scare to make you limit your activities and feel suddenly old.

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

Exercise and Memory Loss: 6 Things You Need to Know

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 @ 06:31 PM

As the Baby Boom generation ages, one thing is certain: memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and related conditions will become the focus of a great deal of attention in American society. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.4 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and by 2050 as many as 16 million Americans are projected to have the disease.

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Tags: Baby Boomer, exercise, senior exercise, memory loss

Workout Routines for Seniors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 @ 09:21 PM

Workout routines for seniors are on the minds of many Baby Boomers who are watching their parents getting older and less able to manage their activities of daily living. Although exercise can't turn back time, it is just about the best fountain of youth we have available.

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

How to Improve Balance: 6 Steps for Seniors

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 07:10 PM

One in every three adults over age 65 fall each year, and 20-30% of those falls will result in moderate to severe injuries. (Source: Centers for Disease Control) Many people who fall develop a fear of falling again that can limit their activity and mobility. To stay mobile and indpendent as you age, maintaining your balance is a must. If your balance is beginning to waver, check out these six steps to improve balance that can help you feel more stable and secure.

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Tags: balance, exercise, safety, senior exercise, core exercises

Senior Exercise Routines: A Recipe for Success

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 09:52 AM

Senior exercise routines can dramatically improve a senior's health, happiness and independence. More and more controlled studies are finding that adding regular, moderate exercise to a senior's life can reduce the risk of disease and improve many markers of health and happiness.

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Tags: balance, lifestyle habits, exercise, senior exercise, cardiovascular exercise, endurance

Walking for Weight Loss: 7 Tips for Beginners

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 08:48 AM

Walking is a terrific exercise program for beginners because it is so easy to regulate your speed to keep your workout in a heart-rate zone that is safe and effective. It requires no athletic skill, no gear beyond a good pair of shoes, and unless you have an injury or disability, anyone can do it. Walking is also the queen of weight-bearing exercises, and helps your body continue to produce new bone tissue.

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Tags: lifestyle habits, exercise, bone density, senior exercise, cardiovascular exercise

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

Functional Fitness: The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How

Posted by LeeAnn Langdon on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 @ 01:23 PM

You may have heard about functional fitness, a relatively new trend in fitness training, but you likely still have questions. Here’s a round-up of all the essential information you need to understand this fitness trend and determine if it’s a good choice for you.

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

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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