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. 

Did You Know? Eating Blueberries Protects Your Heart

In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers looked into the benefits of eating a daily serving of blueberries among adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the findings, the 138 participants ranged in age from 50 to 75 years, and they were all classed as overweight or obese. They were given a cup or a half cup of blueberries every day for six months, while the other individuals were assigned a purple-colored placebo pill.

Results showed that eating a daily cup of blueberries cut the risk of heart disease by 12 to 15 percent via sustained improvements in vascular function and reduced arterial stiffness. However, the amount seems to matter – the researchers found no significant benefit from eating a half cup of blueberries daily. Instead, they credited the anthocyanin – flavonoids responsible for the red and blue color in fruits – with the health benefits seen.  

Every day, try including a variety of berries, including blueberries, into your diet. While the benefits of eating in lesser quantities were not immediately apparent in this study population, a half cup of blueberries offers the same antioxidant potential as five servings of any following vegetables: peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.

Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, with a half-cup serving containing approximately three grams of fiber per cup of fruit. According to recent data, anyone suffering from metabolic syndrome may be relieved to learn that consuming a daily portion of blueberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals who have the illness.

Furthermore, berries have a vital role in preventing and treating cancer, diabetes, and neurological ailments, among other diseases.

Despite their small size, blueberries are mighty when consumed regularly.

Step Your Way To A Healthier Life!

Do you know that achieving 10,000 steps a day for health is highly promoted but often not achieved by most people? Well, there is no need to worry for those who find this a daunting task. A new study posted in September 2021 in JAMA Network Open suggests that logging even 7,000 steps a day may go a long way toward better health. The key is to get up and move. As we complete our daily activities, we gain steps, but we can do more. A simple way is to introduce little exercise snack bites into our daily routines. These snack bites encourage you to move more.

Weekly, the Fitness Powers team will be posting on Facebook and Instagram fun activities you can do to step things up in your life for “the health of it.” Join the following video to obtain your little exercise snack of the day. 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.

Tai Chi At Home

Tai chi is quickly becoming one of our most loved forms of activity and it can be done easily at home. You just need space to stretch out.

We hope you will enjoy these and make them a regular part of your day.

Thank you Daily Caring for bringing our attention to the benefits of Tai chi, in this article. 

Tai chi for seniors improves safety and health

It is a gentle exercise that helps seniors improve balance and prevent falls. It’s a series of slow, graceful movements while breathing deeply.

It is easily adapted to various levels of mobility and the benefits will happen over time.

Some have reported improved flexibility, better sleep and heightened ability to concentrate after doing the exercises for some time.

These are the two videos to use that are free beginner videos for seniors. Click here to watch the videos.

This first video is easy to follow, and one of the highest recommended as it shows the different options for different levels of mobility.

In this next video, you will see both standing and seated options in a gentle routine.

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.

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