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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.

Geriatric Active Exercise

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Getting older may change some of your daily routines.  However, there is one routine most older people should consider doing every day and that is a little exercise. Every day, senior citizens go to the gym to feel better and have an improved quality of life. LA Medical isn’t pushing you to go to the weight room and start curling dumbbells, but to look into smaller exercises that keep you active and keep your muscles and body moving too.

Doing some form of geriatric active exercise or activity keeps your physical and mental health stable and helps maintain your independence. Not participating in exercise can be more harmful than you think.  The U.S. Surgeon General states that inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active.  Lack of exercise could cause more visits to your doctor and more medications.

Do you count physical act

Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

Pick an exercise that you enjoy! There are many to chose from!

ivity as exercise?  What’s the real difference between physical activity and exercise? Physical activity can range from gardening or walking outside to getting the mail or doing the laundry.  Regular exercise could be weight lifting, water aerobics or yoga.

LA Medical recommends keeping regular exercise and physical activity separate, making sure to fit actual exercise into your schedule.  Make sure before any strenuous exercise to stretch.  Stretching helps you engage in exercise by feeling loose and not to cause more harm after the exercise. Always remember to be relaxed while stretching and exercising. If you are uncomfortable with an exercise, consider finding another one that fits you and causes less pain.  You may want to check with your doctor to know what limits you may have before exercising.

Many older individuals look forward to exercising whether it’s daily or weekly. Take a look at your local gyms like the YMCA or YWCA, and see what programs they offer. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that regular use of Medicare-sponsored health club benefits was associated with lower long-term health care costs.

LA Medical Retail promotes a healthy lifestyle of staying active and exercising regularly.  Take a look at our online catalog for all of our products or contact us.