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Category: Exercise and Age

Apr 15, 2024

Lower Blood Pressure and other Benefits of Tai Chi

In addition to lowering blood pressure, this gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, balance, flexibility and mental health and is an ideal activity for all ages! This research was brought to my attention by my friend and mentor from Dalton, Peter Frieder, Chairman,Gentex Corporation and current Board Chair at WVIA. Peter is celebrating […]

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May 31, 2023

This Summer Make Your Pool a Health Spa!

Have Fun and Get in Shape! Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer…outdoor furniture is out, the grill is fired up and the pool is open! This summer try to think of your pleasure puddle in different light…a health spa! It may very well be the exercise of choice for many people. Many have […]

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Mar 21, 2023

Ten Exercise Myths

1. No Pain, No Gain Pain is different than discomfort! Muscle soreness and “feeling the burn” can occur during a normal healthy exercise routine. However, you should never experience a sharp, deep, intense, or lingering pain during or after exercise. In fact, if the soreness lasts more than 24-48 hours, than you did more damage […]

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Feb 8, 2023

How to Begin Walking for Fitness

We are more than one month into the New Year and many people are still talking about their health and fitness goals. As you probably know, losing weight and getting fit are the most popular resolutions, however, for many who have not maintained an active lifestyle in years, it is challenging to know where to […]

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Jul 14, 2022

How to Slow the Aging Process

Part 1 of 2 I have a vested interest in this column…I just had a big birthday! It is a BIG birthday because it is the one before I get health care insurance from Uncle Sam! Consequently, the “aging process” is very much on my mind! In the book, “Being Mortal,” Atul Gawande discusses the […]

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Feb 16, 2022

You Are Never Too Old To Exercise!

Part II of II You are never too old to exercise! This is the second of two columns dedicated to appropriate exercise for the elderly. Last week I discussed basic strengthening exercises. This column will address three additional components necessary for independence in the elderly: flexibility, balance and endurance. While it may not be as […]

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Jul 27, 2020

Exercise Tips for Those with Osteoarthritis

OA is not an excuse to avoid exercise but it is important to be smart about it. Regular exercise is essential to maintain a normal lifestyle for those with OA. However, if you do the wrong exercise, use poor technique, or are too aggressive, you could flare-up your joints and do more harm than good.

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Apr 6, 2020

Get out of your chair safely to prevent falls

By special request, a guide to help prevent falls and help you get out of a chair safely.

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Oct 7, 2019

Only smokers die earlier and at higher rates than couch potatoes!

A recent study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that only smokers died early at higher rates than couch potatoes! The study was the longest of its kind as researchers followed approximately 800 men for 50 years and concluded with this powerful message: poor physical fitness may be almost as bad for you […]

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Jun 24, 2019

Control Menopause through Exercise!

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 1.5 million American women reach menopause each year. The median age is 52, but some women will reach menopause as early as 40 or as late as 58. Recent research revealed that menopausal women who engaged in three hours of exercise per week for one full year […]

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