Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Good afternoon everyone! Are you fit and healthy over 65?
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
For most of us, health and fitness status does change as we age, this is something that we should acknowledge, taking on a new mindset with a different set of goals
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Just with everything else in life, things never stay the same.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
We change at many stages in our life, and that's certainly not a bad thing.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
For most of us, longevity and quality of life are the long-term goals.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Most of us want to live as long as possible, but we also want to live without mental or physical disability.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Setting short and long-term mental and physical goals helps to keep us on track.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
So what are some steps we can take to keep ourselves mentally healthy?
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Mindfulness, staying fully aware and in the moment, and without judgment. This takes practice, but it can be practiced anywhere anytime of the day.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Learning something new helps to keep our minds sharp.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
How about our physical health?
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
The most important thing is recognizing where you are right now.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
It's important that the exercises we do to maintain or improve our fitness our appropriate at our current fitness level.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Exercise routines are hard to stick with so we want to set realistic, attainable, time bound goals.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Consider all components of fitness
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Cardiovascular endurance is the ability to perform repetitive movements for a prolonged period of time. Activities include walking swimming and biking.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Muscular strength is the ability of our muscles to exert Force. Resistive type exercises with small weights or rubberized resistance will help to improve muscular strength.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Flexibility is the range of motion around a joint. Total body stretching exercises are recommended.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Balance is the ability to maintain postural stability while moving. Agility is the coordination necessary to change body position without losing balance. Balancing on one foot and heel to toe walking can improve balance and agility.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Body composition is the ratio of fat to lean body tissues. An unhealthy body composition increases disease risk and decreases functional capacity. a combination of adequate exercise and good nutritional habits are recommended to keep a healthy body composition.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Always remember to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. it is imperatively important that you work at the appropriate intensity level, always considering your current health status.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
Does anyone have questions or comments?
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
4 Jan
"The very best insurance that you can take out to maintain your Independence and be able to function is to be physically active." -Steven Blair Professor, Arnold School of Public Health
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