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Stretch Your Body! Move Your Body! Otherwise … #health #healthy

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For new retirees, one of the most important activities to incorporate into your TDS is exercise. Why? If you are spending more time around the house, chances are you are less physically active than you were when you were working. Less physical activity leads to stiff joints. Stiff joints lead to pain. What’s the solution? Move your body! Start with daily stretching. Stand up, spread your feet about 2 feet apart, and raise your hands as high in the air as you can. Feel the stretch from your fingertips all the way down to your toes! Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Then, bend over at your waist and try to touch your toes. If you cannot reach your toes, do the best you can. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. For 7 early morning stretches, click here. After stretching, it’s time for a 10 minute walk to get your juices flowing! If you can go outside for your walk, great! If not, walk around your home, or up and down the stairs. You can even walk in place while watching TV! We try to walk for at least 10 minutes after every meal. Walking after every meal provides 3 benefits:

  1. Walking helps with food digestion
  2. Walking increases metabolism
  3. Walking burns calories

Before starting your walk, make sure your ankles are flexible and strong by performing the following ankle stretch:

Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

 

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Don’t Let Old Age Come & Take You Away Because It Will! #health #fitness

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No truer words were ever said … These words were forcefully delivered by Steve Harvey on his daytime Steve Harvey Show. The topic was fitness, specifically the ECTORcise mother and daughter personal trainers, Gymnetics Fitness Presents ECTORcise The Challenge Vol. 1. Believe it or not, the mother is 63 years old! Her body looks toned and fit! The takeaway from the show was to move your body and eat healthy! For those of us who are over 50, it is extremely important to remind ourselves on a daily basis — our health is our wealth! Every time we put something in our mouths, we need to ask, “What affect will this have on my body?” When we eat something we know is fatty, sugary and delicious, we need to walk it off! Do some type of exercise to counteract the pleasure (and calories) of our favorite snack! Whenever we have the opportunity to talk to older relatives and

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friends, we always hear that the key to physical fitness and health is to move your body every single day. Even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes, a briskwalk or stretches will make your muscles and tendons more supple. For example, I took a few days off this week because I wasn’t feeling well. I stopped doing my daily floor/core exercises. When I went to the doctor, I carried a bag with my ice water, magazine, etc. The next morning, my upper arm was hurting and I couldn’t figure out why. I thought back to everything I lifted and remembered the bag I took to the doctor’s office. If I had been doing my floor/core exercises and stretches, my muscles and tendons would have been stretched, supple, and ready to lift! As fitness-focused as I am, even I need a reminder every now and then!

A fun and inexpensive way to work your whole body is dancing! You can dance almost anywhere, with or without music!

We recently read an article where several doctors were asked for health tips to live a long life. One doctor said to eat a vegetable at every meal, even breakfast.

Stay encouraged! Work out, eat right, and get good sleep every night!

 

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