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Arthritis & Joint Care

Test Your Arthritis Knowledge:  "Being active will make my arthritis worse.”         True or False   

False - Exercise is crucial for arthritis care. Exercise reduces fatigue and improves both mobility and range of motion. Not only that, losing 1lb of body weight relieves the knee joint of 4 lbs of pressure...

Sacroiliac Joint Health

Sacroiliac joint pain can present itself as other back disorders, so receiving a proper diagnosis is necessary for recovery. Those suffering with back pain are diagnosed with sacroiliac Joint dysfunction 10-25% of the time. Exercises to help strengthen and stretch the back and sacroiliac Joint are provided.

While the most common reasons for neck pain include overuse, injury, and  wear and tear, it’s not a surprise that recreational activities, work-related tasks, and home projects are the primary causes. Research has identified that strength training of the neck and shoulder muscles provide effective relief.  See page 2 for exercises to practice.

The Sleep and Weight Loss Connection

Subscribing to the notion of “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”, carries more negative effects than realized.    Recurring sleep deprivation correlates with weight gain and chronic health problems including an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stoke, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's and death. Deep, restorative sleep is vital for cell repair within the body and for weight loss and maintenance.

Protein Consumption To Combat Sarcopenia

Know as sarcopenia, age-related muscle loss begins in your thirties. When muscles loss happens in the lower extremities, it most significantly affects mobility. Increasing protein intake and improving muscular strength can slow and reverse age-related muscle loss. 

Charley Horses and Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Charley horses or muscle cramps are involuntary muscle spasms that contract one or more muscles. Likely to occur at any age, these intense cramps are most prevalent for the unsuspecting 60+ year old whom is jolted awake from sleep.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurrent major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. Most commonly occurring when the days are the shortest, SAD typically begins in the fall and continues through the winter months. SAD can be caused by the following chemical changes within the body:

Tips for Exercising Outdoors with Asthma & Allergies

If you've had asthma and allergies for decades like myself, you've probably found ways to manage your symptoms. Since moving to Minnesota, I've been met with new allergens that have keep me indoors with closed windows, more often.
If you desire to exercise outdoors, use these tips to help reduce your allergy flare ups and asthma attacks.  The Weather Channel's Allergy Tracker is also a good resource to see the allergy trigger of the day in your area.

Stay Physically Active with Alzheimer's

We've spoken with quite a few Baby Boomers caring for their parents with dementia. Exercise has many benefits for those with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. For the caregiver, exercise plays an important role in self-care and stress relief. Learn ways to implement exercise into both of your daily routines.

Sun Protection during Physical Activity

More than 25% of lifetime sun damage occurs as a child.

While physical activity in the heat makes full coverage clothing a less than desirable option; learn how to use sun protection effectively.

Healthy Eating for 50+

Great information about healthy eating for the 50+ population from the National Institute on Aging. Guidelines from the USDA and DASH food plans are provided. 

* If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, make sure to review the DASH food plan.

Being "well" involves more than healthy eating practices and fitness regimens; there are six dimensions to wellness.

Become Wellness encourages self-awareness and proactive decision making to help individuals take control of their well-being.

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