It can be difficult to commit to starting an exercise program. We all know how great exercising is for us but can struggle to take that first step, it is all too easy to let distractions get in the way. Unless we make the effort it isn’t possible to reap the benefits – here are…
Most people when asked about what parts of their body affect their balance reply with ears. Although correct, the ears are the only part of the body that we cannot exercise to improve balance. The easiest thing to do to improve balance and particularly in your later years when having poor balance can be a concern, is improve ankle mobility.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common problems for people over 55, and though many people see it as a normal part of ageing it can be avoided and managed!
OA can affect people in a large vast number of ways, causing considerable pain, stiffness and reduced quality of life, but research suggests that exercise vastly improve the lives of osteoarthritis sufferers.
So what is osteoporosis (in real people language, not just Dr speak)?
Osteoporosis is a commonly misunderstood condition, which is frightening considering how common and debilitating it is. Many people refer to osteoporosis as a lack of calcium, however it is bone density that is lacking, of which calcium makes up a large part. With the loss of bone density, bones aren’t as strong as they should be, leading to an increased risk of a fracture.
Many people are fearful of performing squats due to myths and misinformation they have been given about the dangers and potential injuries. Interestingly enough the squat is the resistance exercise of choice which gives you the most benefit out of a single exercise.
When it comes to exercise there is definitely no one sized fits all program. We are all very unique! Our bodies are different and we will react to exercise differently, so what works for one person may not have the same effects for another and can actually be dangerous. For this reason it is essential that we all complete individualised exercise programs.
There is an interesting notion among many people that increased fitness and strength improvements come from doing more. While it is true that volume is a factor that needs to be considered, often the intensity of the activity has a greater influence on just how much you need to do. During a recent health talk…