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Chair exercises

Chair exercises are probably one of the least threatening forms of exercises you can do.They are also one of the cheapest because you need a chair and you can fancy it up with resistance bands. Something is always better than nothing. These exercises are good for older people to get started and for those who don’t think they like exercise. Something is better than nothing. There are plenty of these chair exercises on YouTube and so you can pick the routines you like and learn some of the moves. Great for those people who are stuck all day sitting at their desk to complete work. 5 minutes of chair exercises and they will feel like they are in better shape already. All that sitting is hard on the body and a few well thought out exercises will keep the body in condition. Chair exercises are especially good for core strength. They are also good for working on leg exercises.You can use the rubber resistance bands and what a difference they can make. Such a simple exercise aid and yet they make such a difference to developing muscle tone and adding resistance training to the exercises. Chair exercises are less intrusive on your time, too. If you are time poor they are a good way to keep in shape without feeling guilty because you don’t have time for a gym, basketball teams or walking.

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Strength training for older people

It is never too late. There are lots of strength training programmes now and many are based on decent research to show the benefits of strength training for older people. Not all of them are gym centred. Some are chair exercise classes and others are strength training around simple props like the stretchy bands. It makes a difference. It means older people are taking control of their health.It means they are stronger and more mobile. They are more comfortable walking around and doing their daily tasks and some are even participating in marathons and high level sporting activities. The research being done has provided solid information as to the benefits but it has also looked at the best ways to help older people engage in strength training. COTA is one of the organisations which offers strength training classes for older people. Older people need to keep their muscle tone and bone density. They need to keep their flexibility and balance. All these things are achievable with help and proper guidance and it is making life for older people more independent and positive.

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Revising stereotypes

Sister Madonna Buder is Nike’s new Unlimited Youth face and this is the ad. She started running in her 40s and has now become the Iron Nun because she can succeed in the Iron Man challenges. There are other videos of her on You Tube. She works hard, she is very clear  that making the effort is what gets you there. She learned you cannot always succeed but just making the effort would get her to go where she wanted. As an 86 year old she is a great role model for anyone. She is showing that older people can be just as impressive and inspiring as younger people. She is rewriting the belief that old people need to limit themselves. Nike has taken it one step further to show that youth, in fact, is a state of mind and a lifestyle choice. Being active works. Putting yourself out there works. Looking after your mind, body and spirit works.

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Enjoy the sunshine

As soon as the sun comes out, Adelaide is getting the cleaning bug. It is cold now as we are in winter but today was sunny so people were out pruning, sweeping, mowing and sprucing up their homes. When they cannot work outside, they must be cleaning inside because plenty of rubbish is going out. Adelaide has decided that winter is for getting things in order and it’s all healthy activity and beats spring cleaning as I said last year. When you do cleaning and tidying jobs in winter then when the nice, warm weather comes, you can go out and enjoy it in a carefree way. Some people are even painting indoors which is unusual because we usually save the painting for spring. Our gardens are nice because we have had sufficient rain and the potted colour and greenery going up around the place is making everything look nice. Even shops and shopping centres seem to have the revamping bug. I think we are tired of dull and drab and the slacko look – we want cared for and clean and we want to be moving. All good for us. It’s good to give everything some attention and it’s a healthy sign we are doing this, I think. It’s about pride and happiness. It also means we are not sitting on our tushes piling on the calories – we are up and doing . Might be our secret way of beating the heating costs! Much easier to use the nice days by working around outside and leave the fire off.