Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

yoga 2You can prevent falls. Not just by being more aware of where you step. But by strengthening the muscles that support you and keep you upright, and that will catch you when you fall.

Even though falling might seem like an isolated incidence, with little predisposing you to it, falling is made worse and more likely by your overall health.

The leading cause of falling in those over age 65 is from a lack of hip mobility. This lack of hip mobility builds up over time. It is cummulative. Continue reading Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 3

Falling, or The Older We Get, The Harder The Ground Becomes, part 2

200177292-001As our population ages, issues associated with aging are becoming more and more prominent. Recently, the New York Times ran a series of articles on falling and how it can affect the elderly.

When we are young, falling is part of our physical developement. Falling can help us learn how to walk and how to maintain balance. But as we get older, those falls get harder and affect us more.

My uncle Mort, who lived to his mid 90’s said that the older he got, the harder the ground became. To me, this is a great illustration of how our bodies change over the years. Certainly the gorund didn’t get any harder. What changed was his body. Over the years, my uncle’s body accumulated wear and tear. This coupled with not recovering from traumas as quickly as he did when he was younger, made the effects of the falls worse as my uncle aged.

The older we get, the more falling will affect us. This means that it will take time and money to heal. It can be expensive to pay for the physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehab, and treatment that all comes with healing from a major injury. It can get very expensive.

Prevent falls now by taking care of yourself now. You can prevent falls in the future, and you can decrease the drastic effects of a traumatic event by keeping your muscles strong and loose.

Pain Free Lifestyle is an exercise, stretching and nutrition program that is easy on your body. It is designed to be able to be done by anyone. no matter what type of shape, or lack there of, they are in. It is low impact and low intensity. This is because as you get older, you can’t go hard with exercise. If you go too hard, you will only injure yourself.

Exercise now to prevent health issues in the future. Exercise smarter, not harder. This is the Pain Free Way.

Here is an article from the New York Times on the effects of falling on our society

 

 

 

An Exercise Plan for a Middle Aged Person Who is Out of Shape

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If you haven’t exercised in months, you are going to have to ease your way into exercising. The first few weeks of an introductory workout routine should not be intense; during the beginning phase you should not go hard. If you don’t prepare your body properly for exercise then you will be setting yourself up for injury. You have to get into shape to exercise.

An injury will prevent you from exercising. In order to get the full effects of exercising, you have to do it on a consistent basis.  It is hard to be consistent with exercise if you get injured every few months. Repeated injuries can be enough to permanently sideline you from exercise. Continue reading An Exercise Plan for a Middle Aged Person Who is Out of Shape

How to Prevent Back Pain

200177292-001Back pain will affect over 80% of all of the population. You never realize how much you use your back until it is injured and can’t use it. You use your back muscles with every step that you take. You use your back muscles every time you get up or sit down. They are used constantly all day long and once injured, can get easily injured again.

While extremely prevalent, back pain is also easy to prevent. If you can do the right exercises, stretches and eat right, you can reduce the frequency and intensity of back pain. You just have to know what to do.

This article gives some good tips for managing and treating back pain.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/01/health/hansraj-spine/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

To Stretch or Not To Stretch

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The New York Times recently ran an article on stretching. In this article, 2 studies were mentioned that looked at the effectiveness of pre workout stretching.

They both showed that pre workout stretching can impede speed and decrease strength. Both of the studies support limiting stretching before physical activity.

I would never recommend pre-workout stretching. Post workout stretching is what is effective for loosening up muscles and preventing muscle pulls and other injuries. Continue reading To Stretch or Not To Stretch