Lifelong Vitality

Exercise is preventative medicine. Along with good nutrition and sleep, it is one of the best things you can do to stay hale and vibrant. Regular exercise lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and many cancers. It also improves mood, sleep, and preserves bone mass while reducing chronic pain. And, just as important as all of those benefits, it fights functional decline that turns everyday tasks into struggles. Use It or Lose It We all experience physical changes as we age. But, in the truest sense of “use it or lose it,” mobility, balance, strength and […]

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Shoulder Press

The Shoulder Press is a vertical upper body pushing movement that compliments horizontal pushing exercises like chest presses and push ups. Is strengthens shoulder and arm muscles, and the core muscles provide support when it’s done standing or kneeling. Shoulder presses build shoulder strength very effectively, but can cause problems in painful or tight shoulders. If you have shoulder pain, avoid pressing overhead until you’re cleared by your doctor or physical therapist. If your shoulders, neck and upper back are tight but pain free, work on improving your mobility so you can perform this move safely. Talk to one of […]

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Lateral Squats

Lateral Squats work many of the same muscles as a Split Squat or a Lunge, but in a lateral motion rather than straight forward. It’s a solid lower body pushing exercise you can mix into your program for a different challenge. Setup Take a wide stance with one foot slightly forward of the other. I like to line up the arch of my front foot with the toes of my back foot to make sure I always get into the same position. Execution Sit down and back into the side of the front foot. You should aim to get your […]

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Bodyweight Travel Workout

Does traveling for work or vacation take you out of your routine or limit your access to a health club? If you don’t want to take the week off from exercise, you can maintain with this mini circuit travel workout: Bridge Lie on your back with arms out, knees bent and toes up. Push through your heels to raise your hips up until you form a straight line from shoulder to knees. Pushup Start with your hands wider than shoulders and your body aligned from ears to ankles. Try to keep most of the pressure on the outer part of […]

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Decrease Dementia Risk with “Cognitive Cardio”

I am sure that many of you have seen a grandparent or a loved-one become affected by Dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Organization, Dementia is a general “term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” My grandfather started to show signs of Dementia when he reached 92 years of age.  He started to forget things which had happened earlier in the day. One of the saddest instances of his short-term memory loss was when he, a life-long Red Sox […]

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