Senior Health Fitness focuses on fun and easy ways to stay in shape.



In senior health fitness, we'll explore chair exercises, strength building, aerobics, yoga and walking.

Your first step, before deciding which exercise type to engage in, is to speak with your doctor. He/she will assist you in making the right exercise plan for you.

Health conditions need to be taken into account. Disregarding may cause serous consequences.

Rheumatoid arthritis

If you haven't been in an exercise program for awhile, a good way to begin is to just start walking. A short walk to begin with and then lengthening the time. Once you know your average time or steps, you can then add to either and get stronger.

Walking is very good overall exercise. It is good for your heart once you do it regularly and with a quick pace. Find friends or a neighbor and do group walks. That way, the time goes by fast and you've a social event to your day!

If you have a pedometer, fasten to a jacket or top, and start walking. You can wear it around the house, when you get the mail, and when shopping. Before you know it, it will add up and you will have a daily goal to maintain or exceed.

Many of the indoor exercises such as aerobics, yoga, chair exercises or strength building exercises may need a DVD video tape to show you how they are done.

Any of these exercise DVD's can be found at most stores.

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Research concerning person who sit many hours during the day have a 54% higher chance of having a heart attack.

According to a study done by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a long term analysis of over 17,000 men and women was done that discovered certain jobs such as office workers, bus drivers and other sit down all day jobs contributed to the heart attack risk. British researchers in 1953 had discovered the link to sitting all day when comparing trolly workers to sit down bus drivers.

The biggest risk factor for heart attacks is sitting all day.

What can you do if you have a job where you are stuck at a desk all day?

A stand-up desk can be placed on top of your regular desk. It allows your monitor and keyboard to be elevated to a level of comfort for standing while working on a computer.

Your posture will improve with a stand-up desk. Your fanny will get stronger. You will burn more calories, approximately 60. Your back aches should improve or go away.

Other things that you can do are:

Stand while on the phone.

Take at least two breaks an hour and walk around the office, stretch and get some water from the cooler.

Be more social at the office, if allowed.

Above all, don't sit 6 hours or more for your heart's sake.

Turns out, this wasn’t the first study to link sitting and heart disease. Similar research actually dates back to 1953, when British researchers found that (sitting) bus drivers were twice as likely to die of heart attacks as (standing) trolley operators.

Here’s the most surprising part: “We see it in people who smoke and people who don’t,” Katzmarzyk told Masters. “We see it in people who are regular exercisers and those who aren’t. Sitting is an independent risk factor.”

In other words, it doesn’t matter how much you exercise or how well you eat. If you sit most of the day, your risk of leaving this world clutching your chest—whether you’re a man or women—as much as doubles.

Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attack.

New Alzheimers Medical Awareness

There is a lot of ongoing research concerning Alzheimers due to new medical data and the fear of an abundant supply of Alzheimers patients over the next ten to thirty years.

The large population of baby boomers and retired are being studied for depression as a link to Alzheimers. A recent issue of Neurology found "a single depressive episode was associated with an 87 to 92 percent increased risk of dementia and that two depressive episodes doubled the risk."

Another study focused on cause and effects, concluding that depression does not cause Alzheimerss but is part of the process in some people.

Memory losses can occur in everyone.

Read more about the seven stages of Alzheimers

Senior health fitness should be included in your every day activities for continued vitality, stabilizing blood sugar,and weight control. Plus, when you feel well, you will smile more!

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