One of the main issues that contributes to becoming frail as you age is loss of muscle mass, also known as sacropenia. It affects millions of older adults and leads to loss of strength and independence. You may have noticed that as you've gotten older, your arms or legs are not as muscular as they used to be. Or maybe that even though you've lost weight, your belly has gotten bigger. These are some indications that you may be losing muscle mass. [...]
Dizziness is a very common complaint. As a matter of fact, 90 million Americans go to healthcare providers each year because of dizziness, vertigo or balance problems. It's the second most common complaint heard in doctor's offices and 70% of people will experience these symptoms at some point in their life.
Just like pain, each person experiences dizziness differently, which is why it is often times hard to treat. Dizziness is also often misunderstood even by healthcare professionals and as a result is not treated properly.
Did you know that according to the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States? With more than 54 million adults having a diagnosis of arthritis, it's not surprising to learn that it's one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis (OA). [...]
As I reflect on the Tai Chi training Kim and I completed, I couldn't be more excited to be offering the Tai Chi for Arthritis program at HouseFit. This program was developed by Dr. Paul Lam specifically for people with arthritis [...]
I get asked all the time about how neuropathy, or the loss of feeling in your feet, effects balance. Most people believe that there's nothing they can do to make their neuropathy better or improve their balance and that's not true [...]
Being flexible is not only beneficial after a workout to prevent sore muscles, it's also important to remain flexible as you age to complete some of your normal day to day tasks [...]
Good posture is more than just standing tall and looking good. When you start to develop poor posture, you are at risk for developing other issues [...]
Last month's feature topic was strengthening. While I firmly believe that strength training is an essential part of maintaining your independence as you age, new research is coming out to support endurance training as having anti-aging effects [...]
Strength training in older adults is often overlooked or more frequently under-dosed. What do I mean by that? In order to actually make a change in your strength, one that will make an impact on your quality of life, you need to follow the Overload Principle. The Overload Principle basically states that you must do more than what your body is used to in order to see change. [...]
In last month's blog, we discussed the 5 components of fitness: Balance, Strength, Endurance, Posture and Flexibility. Now we're going to dive a little deeper into each of these areas to discuss the importance of maintaining each as you age. [...]