Meditation in Motion: Tai Chi and Senior Fitness

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 18, 2017 11:36:41 AM

The ancient martial art of Tai Chi has become very popular in the west in recent years. Often described as meditation in motion, it is especially popular and effective for seniors because the gentle, flowing movements can be done by almost anyone. Today, more than 200 million people practice Tai Chi daily. In China, Tai Chi is the national health exercise.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Healthy Aging: How Seniors Stay Fit Through Pedaling

Posted by The Goodman Group on Aug 10, 2017 3:18:28 PM

Visit any health club and you'll see plenty of pedaling. Whether it's spinning classes, stationary bikes, or people getting ready for a group ride, pedaling is a very popular way to stay fit. It's a low-impact way to exercise that's especially well-suited for seniors because it's gentle on the joints, easy to do, and enjoyable.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

How Stretching Promotes Healthy Aging

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 25, 2017 10:52:19 AM

A lot of us like to start our morning with a cup of coffee. As you grab that cup o’ joe (or tea or OJ), think about starting your morning with a short stretching routine as well. You may be surprised to discover how just a few minutes of stretching can jump-start your morning and support your overall health and wellness!

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Movement Matters: The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 21, 2017 12:12:56 PM

Flowing, graceful movements. Relaxed breathing. Lowered blood pressure. Elevated mood. Relief from depression. A sense of peace. These have all been used to describe the process and benefits of Tai Chi, an ancient form of martial art from China. This is a popular activity at many of our managed senior living communities at The Goodman Group.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Fighting Back: How Boxing is Helping People Battle Parkinson’s

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jul 7, 2017 10:35:45 AM

Boxing? As in Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Floyd Mayweather? That kind of boxing? Yes, the very same — with adaptations, of course. An innovative program that started 11 years ago in Indianapolis is helping thousands of people with Parkinson’s feel stronger, steadier, and more supported in their journey.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Why You Should Consider Taking a Daily Walk

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 16, 2017 11:07:33 AM

We know that exercise is good for us and it’s important to stay active. But it’s also easy for some activities to fall by the wayside as we age. Running, basketball or tennis, may all become physically challenging. While we may take it for granted and not view walking as “exercise,” the benefits of a daily walk are actually pretty impressive — especially for older adults.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Technology and Virtual Reality Make Senior Fitness Fun

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jun 2, 2017 1:17:49 PM

Smartphones, WiFi-connected homes, self-parking — even driverless cars. Technology is making an impact on every part of our lives, including health and exercise. For seniors, that’s good news. New technologies are making it even easier and more enjoyable for seniors to stay on track with fitness goals. Even better, technology offers new ways to measure fitness and help prevent falls, the most common cause of injuries in seniors. These technologies are being used more and more in senior living communities like those developed and managed by The Goodman Group.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

What are the Emotional Benefits of Functional Fitness?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 10, 2017 9:06:05 AM

Physical fitness is important for good health at just about any age, but what about the emotional benefits of physical fitness? Many know that functional fitness programs improve endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Regular exercise has many cardiac benefits as well, including lowering blood pressure and heart rate, and it can also improve circulation. The National Institute on Aging points out that, besides these more obvious physical benefits, there are also many emotional benefits to staying functionally fit. Here are four that stand out.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Senior Care: The Importance of Regular Fitness

Posted by The Goodman Group on Feb 9, 2017 9:59:35 AM

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises seniors to stay as active and fit as possible. While that’s good advice for anyone, this advice is especially important for seniors. As we age, the body changes. We may see diminishing muscle mass, loss of flexibility, perhaps weight gain. But many changes can be offset by maintaining good fitness. That means it is important to participate in regular exercise and physical activities, even if moderate. Here are some of the benefits of maintaining fitness as we age.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

4 Effective Functional Fitness Exercises for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 26, 2017 1:46:43 PM

It’s the New Year and a great time to review and re-engage in health and fitness exercises. The National Institutes of Health recommend functional fitness exercises that support four fitness goals for seniors: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

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Topics: Functional Fitness