Men and Osteoporosis

When people think about Osteoporosis they often think of a condition that predominantly affects women and is rare in men. Yes, Osteoporosis is more prevalent in females, however it is not rare in men, with approximately 250,000 Australian men suffering from Osteoporosis.

It is important that we recognise the prevalence in men because one in five men over 50 will be affected by an osteoporotic fracture and when these fractures do occur in men, they are more likely to lead to disability and mortality than when they occur in women.

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university graduates specialising in the delivery of exercise programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, injuries and disabilities. In Australia they are accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and are required to take part in continuing education in order to remain this way. At Active Seniors your exercise programs are designed and supervised by these professionals.

Hip and Happening

The hip joints are 2 very important joints that can often be the source of pain. The ball and socket of the hip joint is very similar in shape to the shoulder joint except that the socket of the hip is much deeper than that of the shoulder. The shape of both joints really promotes their roles in creating and allowing or movement of the limbs. While the shoulder is capable of more movement, it is also inherently more unstable and tends to have issues with excessive movement. The hip on the other hand is not quite as mobile as the shoulder and often becomes problematic when it doesn’t move enough.

Men and heart disease

Heart disease is a leading cause of mortality in men. According to the Heart Foundation, approximately 98 men in Australia have a heart attack every day and one in seven of those men die. One of the major risk factors is age so it is important that you get your heart health checked regularly and make yourself aware of other factors that can increase your risk so you can take steps to eliminate or minimise them.

If you are over the age of 45 and you haven’t already done so, you should book into the doctor and have your heart health checked. It is important to do this, even if you lead a healthy lifestyle and feel fine because heart disease can go undiagnosed, progress, and still be asymptomatic until it is too late.

Strawberries

The trouble with discount strawberries…

After walking past the strawberries at the supermarket all winter (I can’t justify paying $6 per punnet), I now can’t walk past without buying 3 punnets for $5. Even if I already have 3 punnets in the fridge at home! So I was confronted with the issue of how to use up my stockpile of strawberries before they began to rot. I decided to store them in the freezer.

Strawberries are a wonderful source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and are low in calories. They also contain phytochemicals known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing effects.

 

Getting to the bottom of knee pain

Our feet are amazing things. In fact not many people realise that they house a quarter of our bodies bones, contain over 100,000 receptors in each foot and have a very large role in movement.

So why does such a small area of our body contain so many bones and receptors? It’s because our feet are designed to move and interact with the environment around us to guide our movement. As with any area in the body, when its job is no longer being done, other areas of the body need to compensate and take extra load – and the foot is no exception!

Exercising in the heat with diabetes

Most people have heard how vital exercise is in the management and prevention of Diabetes. But did you know that if you have the condition you need to take extra precautions when exercising in hot weather?

One of the risks for diabetics is that they can experience hypoglycaemia, which occurs when glucose levels in the blood fall too low, this is also known as having low blood sugar. Some of the symptoms include dizziness, sweating, and even confusion. These symptoms will be familiar if you have ever spent too long in the sun as they are symptoms of heat exhaustion. For this reason diabetics need to be particularly careful when exercising in the heat so as to make sure that symptoms of low blood sugar aren’t confused and thought of as just too much sun.

The Squat

The squat is one of the most basic positions we as humans assume from a very young age. As we learn how to get up from the ground, we instinctively squat before we raise up. However at some point in most of our lives, this simple behaviour that we had so much flexibility for as a child becomes increasingly difficult.

We start sitting in chairs far too much and wear shoes that elevate our heels which limits the amount our hips and ankles need to bend. Over time these joints become stiff which restricts our ability to squat and we causes us to miss out on the great benefits we can get from being able to perform a squat.

Prostate cancer and exercise

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia, with over 20,000 new cases being diagnosed and approximately 3,300 deaths annually. This number of deaths is very similar to the number of women who die from breast cancer. It is most common in senior men with the risk increasing as you age.

Exercise plays an important role in improving quality of life for people with prostate cancer as it can reduce symptoms, side effects of radiation and drug therapy, improve psychological health and even reduce the risk of death.

The secret to a happy, healthy life

It is true that the greatest wealth is good health. Health is often viewed as purely a physical entity; the absence of disease, however health is more than just a physical state of being but is also influenced by our biochemical and emotional states. While there is no one secret to a healthy and happy life, there are simple principles that we can follow in our everyday life to bring us closer to our greatest wealth.