Posted in activity, ageing, ageing positively, creating success, exercise, fitness for seniors, good habits, growth mindset, happiness, healthy options, keep active, positive attitude, resilience, seniors

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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Posted in Antioxidants, Disease, eye diseases, eye health, good food, healthy food, Nutrition, seniors

Boost carotenoids

Image : Dicarotenoidsshmaps

Carotenoids have long been known for their nutritional value and capacity to boost the body against nasty diseases. They ought to be top of your eating list for the good they do but maybe, from time to time, we just need to remind ourselves how valuable and easily sourced these  foods are. The top 10 are:

  1. Baked sweet potato
  2. Cooked carrots
  3. Cooked dark green leafy greens
  4. Cos/romaine lettuce
  5. Cantaloupe melon
  6. Sweet red capsicums
  7. Dried apricots
  8. Cooked peas
  9. Cooked broccoli
  10. Cooked peas

There is a really well explained piece on How Stuff Works about the current research into carotenoids and how they impact positively on health. it’s a bit of a long read but well worth it because it is so enlightening. The very latest research is on older adults and how carotenoids appear to improve brain function and thinking. Well worth investigating and pursuing further. Nutrition for any age group is essential but if it impacts on how well you thing then it’s to be highly encouraged.

 

 

 

Posted in fitness, mature people, seniors, wellbeing

Exercise for seniors

This little video shows just how confident seniors can become if they have been taught how to strengthen their muscles and how to become co ordinated. On Mothers’ Day one of the things you can do for your older Mum is help her keep happy and well. She has given you the gift of life which you can never really repay – but you can give her the gift of a more confident old age. A lot of older people lose their sense of balance and feel frail. This is a very short video which teaches us a lot. Share it! Some of these exercises would be good for office workers too!