Senior Exercise: How to Stay Active Indoors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 7, 2017 4:01:33 PM

As we age, staying active is more important than ever. But with fluctuating weather, it may prove harder for your aging loved ones to fit exercise into their daily schedules. During the hot summer months, they may be unable to go for a walk outside due to high temperatures and threats of dehydration. In some areas, the same can be said of the colder winter months with the negative windchills and risks of ice.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Anti-Gravity Treadmills: Zero Impact Therapy for Seniors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 27, 2017 5:07:35 PM

Anti-gravity treadmills are changing the way clinics, rehabilitation and wellness centers are providing therapy to people with mobility issues, especially seniors.

Lorna Diola, a physical therapist at Westchester Gardens, says her patients feel secure and are able to walk longer without fear of falling. "It assists them in getting a good cardio workout that they would be unable to achieve walking with a rolling walker due to pain and shortness of breath," she says.

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Topics: Functional Fitness

Rock Steady: Creating Friendships and Fighting Parkinson's

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 12, 2017 10:57:58 AM

It may seem odd or even counter-intuitive to hear that someone with Parkinson’s disease is spending a lot of time at a boxing gym. Yet that’s exactly what members of the Rock Steady Boxing program do several times a week at Cypress Palms, an assisted living community at the Palms of Largo in Florida.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

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