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Age is Just a Number

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
It is never too late to become active and improve your health!

It is never too late to become active and improve your health!

 

We have all heard this quote time and time again and research shows that this is true! It isn’t just about the number of birthday candles on your cake, but your levels of activity. Research has shown that sedentary lifestyles are harmful to health, while active lifestyles help people to live age with fewer health problems. Many older individuals know this, but think they have missed their window and it is too late to live active. Think again! We have some fun ways that you can enjoy sports, adventure and healthy living!

Swimming

Swimming improves both strength and cardiovascular fitness. Working out in water is an ideal choice for older individuals because it is easy on the joints, safe and effective. Other perks of underwater activity include increased flexibility, better bone density and a healthier heart.

Yoga

Uniting the mind, body and breath can help increase flexibility and ease stress. Whether you practice in your home or join a group, yoga has been shown to increase strength and improve circulation.

Cycle

Cycling is easier on your legs and joints than running, but offers the same cardiovascular benefits. Take a spin around the block or join a cycling club to meet new people and spend time outdoors!

Hike

Going for a hike will connect you with nature, get active and reap health benefits such as better circulation, mobility and a reduced risk of hospitalization. Another benefit of hiking is the sense of independence that escaping into nature can bring.

Volunteer

Last month, we featured a blog about 5 Benefits of Volunteering. Volunteer opportunities keep you active and give you fun opportunities to help others. A few ideas to get you started are walking dogs at the shelter, helping clean or plant flowers at your local park or lend your energy to a local project.

As you can see, it is never too late to get active. Set a goal for yourself and go for it! LA Medical wants to help you live an active and healthy life. We have mobility products that can help you get moving. Check out these and our other products in our online catalog.

Delicious Reasons to Eat Cherries

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Cherries provide a host of health benefits in addition to being a yummy snack.

Cherries provide a host of health benefits in addition to being a yummy snack.

When you eat a cherry, you aren’t only enjoying their great taste. You are also reaping their health benefits! Cherries are packed with antioxidants and can help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat.  LA Medical believes in the power of cherries and we have six great reasons why you should too!

Protection from Diabetes – Sweet cherries have a low glycemic index. This makes them a good choice for a fruit snack, especially for those with diabetes.

Helps You Sleep – Drink a glass of cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before your evening meal. Cherries, especially tart cherries, are a good source of melatonin, which regulates sleep.

Reduces Muscle Pain – Tart cherries help reduce muscle inflammation and soreness. If you are going to be doing a strenuous work out, eat a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice before.

Protect Against Alzheimer’s – The flavonoids and procyanidin in cherries help guard neuronal cells, fighting dementia. Cherries are also rich in antioxidants, making them a memory booster!

Reduces Risk of Stroke – Tart cherries provide various cardiovascular benefits. The pigment in a cherry regulates the genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. This reduces the risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

Rich in Vitamins and Fiber – Cherries are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. This makes them a nutritious fruit that strengthens your body’s natural defenses and improves overall health.

If fresh cherries aren’t available at your grocery store yet, we have some tasty ways you can incorporate them into your diet:

  • Top salads, cereal and yogurt with dried cherries
  • Add tart cherry juice with a splash of lime to sparkling water for a spritzer
  • Add tart cherry juice to a yogurt smoothie for a post-workout recovery drink

February is National Cherry Month! Treat yourself to a tasty treat that will bring you a host of health benefits. Please contact LA Medical if you have any additional questions.