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…Details
When we consume foods with protein, the proteins are broken down into amino acids which form the building blocks of muscles. As we get older our muscle stores naturally decline so it is important that we eat and exercise in a way to attenuate the age related loses. It is possible to increase muscle mass at any age through adequate protein intake and resistance training exercises.Details
When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Over one quarter of Australian adults experience high blood pressure, with the likelihood increasing as you age.
It is important to regularly have your blood pressure checked, as regular high blood pressure (hypertension) can often be asymptomatic and go undiagnosed, despite the negative effects it is having on your body. Hypertension can be treated and controlled, however, if it is not, the heart is forced to work harder, putting it under a greater amount of stress and putting you at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease.Details
Whether it’s starting an exercise program or starting treatment for an injury a common question that often pops up is “how long before I get results?”
This is often a difficult question to answer. This article outlines some of the influences that will not only help you to be realistic with how long results will take, but can also guide you towards other positive changes you can make to support your journey.Details
When talking about the effects of stress on the body people often think about heart conditions, diabetes and other metabolic outcomes associated with high stress levels. One area that is little talked about is the effect of stress on the musculoskeletal system. Stress can cause some quite strange manifestations to this system that seem almost implausible.Details
Stretching is very important, in particular as we get into our more senior years. It helps us to keep our independence and ability to do tasks that we once thought were so easy such as tying our shoelaces or reaching to get something from a top shelf, but can become increasingly difficult as we age.Details
Recent research into foam rolling has highlighted the fact that foam rolling can be a powerful tool to help keep your muscles and joints healthy. A recent study reported that sessions of foam rolling after exercise can help to reduce the normal pain that is often experienced after exercise whilst another study found that foam rolling sessions produced immediate improvements in joint mobility. These are just a few of the benefits of foam rolling.Details
One of the most common goals that we see with men attending Active Seniors is the desire to shed weight around their midline. This is a great goal as more than 60% of Australian adults are overweight, and the fat surrounding the abdominal area is the most dangerous because it surrounds important internal organs.
It is important when looking at your weight to also measure your waistline.
As we age muscle mass and fat tend to be unequally distributed around the body, so though you may weigh the same overall as you did before a large waistline from fat buildup can be balanced against, for example, reduced upper body muscle mass and result in a higher risk for metabolic disease. When looking at your waist measurement, anything greater than 94cm for men and 80cm for women puts you at an increased risk of this.Details
Shoulders are a common problem area for many people. Is easy to see why when you look at the anatomy of the shoulder. Our shoulders are designed to move….. ALOT!! However this comes at the cost of stability.
When looking at rehabilitation for the shoulder, the rotator cuff often takes the spotlight. While it is an important stabiliser of the shoulder it is not the only one, and it shouldn’t be the only focus of rehabilitation programs. One area that IS often neglected however is grip strength.Details
The new year heralds fitness and exercise goals for many people, however there are important considerations to be aware of when starting a new exercise program.
Remember that an exercise program needs to be based on you, your strengths, your weaknesses and your goals.
What may be suitable for you to do in an exercise program may not be appropriate for the person next to you who has been exercising five days a week for the past eight years or the person on the other side who has osteoporosis and has just had a knee replacement.Details