Staying Hydrated For Health

Did you know as we age, the risk of dehydration generally increases. The body’s ability to conserve water reduces, and the sense of thirst often diminishes. Medications or medical conditions may also affect an individual’s ability to retain fluids.
 
As the temperature rises in the summer, so does our need to ensure we are sufficiently consuming the fluids we need. If you’re thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, including water, juice, and soups. Plus, water doesn’t have to come from a glass. Try to eat fruits and vegetables high in water, such as apples, cucumbers, grapes, and watermelon. 
 
How do you plan to stay hydrated? 
 
Click here to watch the video from Nurse Dawson.
Click here for more information from the Government of Canada about water intake.

Simple Stretches To Relieve Neck Stiffness

Every day we put our bodies in positions that create stress and tension in the neck region. As a result, the muscles in this area shorten and become tight over time, leading to poor posture, neck stiffness, and discomfort.

The following video will provide you with some simple stretches to help loosen these muscles, increase range of motion, and reduce pain. Click here to watch the video. 

Treadmill Workout For Beginners

Treadmills are great for those who want to start a regular workout routine without leaving your community. They are easy to use and an incredible option for those days when you can not get outside for a walk.

Regularly walking on a treadmill has many health benefits, including maintaining strength and heart health. It may also help improve your mobility and balance and burn calories.

Click here to watch Tracy Reid of Fitness Powers, share tips on getting the most from working out on a treadmill. Enjoy!

Preparing The Body For The Winter

Winter is yet another excellent season for us Canadians; however, it is also when the risk of falling increases due to ice patches. Although you cannot control mother nature, you can control a few things to help eliminate your risk. 

  1. Avoid icy patches if possible.
  2. Wear ice grips.
  3. Use a cane or walking sticks to help with balance
  4. Salt or sand common walking areas.
  5. Practice good walking techniques when on an icy surface.
  6. Slow down and take your time.

Lastly, you need to prepare your body for these situations by staying fit, which means working on strength, endurance, balance, and reaction time.

Reducing Your Risk of Developing Dementia

With the advancement of research into dementia, we see that there is strong evidence that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making some lifestyle changes. These changes include participating in regular physical activity, staying socially engaged, and maintaining good heart health.

Click on the link below for a quick lesson on how you can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

25-Minute Cardio Dance Workout

Dancing works your heart and lungs, and the more intense the dance, the more complex the workout. Simply put, dance cardio is moving your body while dancing. Cardio is striving to increase metabolic rate, burn calories, and improve stamina.

Benefits of Dancing For Health:

  • Heart and lungs health.
  • A gain in muscular strength and endurance.
  • Better aerobic fitness.
  • Strength and muscle tone.
  • Weight loss.
  • Stronger bones, less osteoporosis.
  • Greater flexibility and coordination.

Click here to participate in the class now.

Let The Good Times Roll!

E-bikes have become quite popular in the last two years, especially with seniors and it’s no surprise!

Imagine cycling with your kids, grandkids & friends, like you used to,  even with a bad knee. You still have to cycle, but when you need a boost to assist you, it’s there.

We recently talked to a Wellings of Picton member, Greta, about why she loves her e-bike. “I can go anywhere and for a longer distance. It keeps me active and smiling! It was really fun to see Rachel (General Manager) take it for a spin. I was lucky to get it back!”

Tracy Reid, of Fitness Powers, demonstrates how easy it is to ride one, and we thought you would enjoy this article from bicycling.com on the benefits of using one on your overall well-being. Watch Tracey’s video here

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