5 Action Steps to Take Today to Start Aging Well

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Whether you're 15, 35, or 75 years old, newsflash... you are aging! 

Might as well take control and decide how you want to age. 

It's never too early to start to think about aging, and if you aren't happy with how you're aging it's never too late to start. 

At our clinic, we've had the pleasure of working with adults all the way up to 102 years old who report their quality of life as very high. And that is because their daily habits support their longevity. So... we've been keeping track of what these habits are so we can help others do the same. 

There are an infinite amount of actions you can take to age gracefully, but we listed out the action steps that will give the greatest impact for the effort put in.

Always remember, aging can be what you want it to be.

1. Think Positive

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Video FAQ: Should I Get an MRI For Low Back Pain?

 

We've written a blog post about this in the past, but one of the most commonly asked questions we hear is, "If I have chronic low back pain, should I get an MRI?"

Watch the video or check out the blog post to hear our answer and learn what you can do to start to get to the root cause of your back pain.

Have any further questions? Send us an email at info@advancedbalance.org and we would be more than happy to help!

 

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25 Movement Tips to Be More Active Today

Think you can’t find enough time in your day to exercise? You’re likely just missing out on opportunities to move more throughout your day without changing much.

Try out any one of these movement tips to get more action out of your day!

  1. Sit on the floor instead of the couch.
  2. Put your laundry basket on the floor and squat to fold your laundry.
  3. Squat to unload your dishwasher.
  4. Stretch your calves or mobilize your feet while you wash your dishes, brush your teeth, watch TV, drink your coffee, etc.
  5. Pull all the weeds in your yard by hand instead of using weed killers (bonus as this is better for the environment too)!
  6. Park in the back of the parking lot.
  7. Take the elevator instead of the stairs.
  8. Use less convenient appliances.
  9. Make your chores less efficient. For example, put the laundry basket in a different room than where you are putting the clothes away to get a few more steps in.
  10. Use a drying rack or clothes line instead of the dryer. This not only decreases...
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The Downside of Convenience

Humans were intended to move, and move often. Our movement impacts not only our physical health, but also our mental health and overall well-being. 

By focusing on a lifestyle of convenience, we've deprived ourselves opportunities for better health. Making our lives less convenient actually results in better quality of life!

Think about the last time you felt like you had all the energy you wanted to get through the day... the answer is likely years ago. It might seem counterintuitive to make yourself work MORE throughout the day in order to have MORE energy, but that's what we are here to help with! 

Need guidance to get started on a movement-based lifestyle? Reach out to us and we would be happy to help! 
 
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How Often Are You Thinking About Your Movement?

One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves. If you're not getting the health results you are looking for, your movement is likely a huge factor!

Movement really comes down to a matter of convenience....Today moving more to accomplish our daily tasks is viewed as an inconvenience. But what if you could drastically improve your health by making your life less convenient?

Small simple moves like parking at the end of the parking lot or taking the stairs instead of the elevator add up. By thinking about the small changes you can make throughout the day to move more you can change your health for the better!

What ideas do you have for making your life less convenient today?

 

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Video FAQ: How Do I Choose the Right Therapist?

 

Have you been to a physical or occupational therapist and not had the results you were hoping for?

Or were you satisfied with the therapy you received at the time only to have the same problem you went there for in the first place return?

The reason we started ABC was to address these very problems!

When we first started our careers as therapists in a big facility, we were quickly disenchanted by the heavy emphasis on diagnosis codes, insurance reimbursement, and the lack of personalized care.

So... fast forward a few years and here we are. 

Don't mind us as we go off on a bit of a tangent today on what you might want to consider avoiding when you are going to a physical or occupational therapist. Making sure you find a therapist and clinic that are the right fit for you is something we are so very passionate about!

At ABC, we emphasize you and your story above all else. You have your therapists undivided attention for the whole time you are here. If we are not...

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Are You Challenging Yourself Everyday?

How often should we be challenging our balance?

Every. Day.

It is true that we live in a world that no longer challenges our balance. We have a habit of sticking to routines that don't allow for much variability in our movement throughout the day. And this is where the problem comes in...

It does not matter how old you are, as soon as you stop seeking variety mobility starts to decline. This is why it is so critical to find small ways each and every day to challenge yourself!

The opportunities you have to improve your balance every day are endless! What can you do to start to challenge your balance today?

 

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Video FAQ: Is It Normal to Decline With Age?

 

We wish the answer to the question, "Is it normal to decline with age?" was more obvious.

One of the most common themes we hear from our clients is that the decline they are experiencing was inevitable because of their age...

We are here to tell you this absolutely does NOT have to be normal! 

In this video, we dispel some of the most common MYTHS we hear, including:

  • "It's normal to start falling as I get older"
  • "I'm too old for my balance to get better"
  • "I've been told I will be in pain for the rest of my life"
  • "Because I have arthritis I will always have pain"
  • And more...

If the above sound like anything you have ever found yourself thinking or have ever heard, this video is for you!

Let us know what other aging myths you believe or have heard and reach out to us! We would love to provide you the resources you need to age gracefully.

 

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Video FAQ: How Can I Make My Home Safer?

 

One of our most important jobs as therapists is to help our clients recognize common fall hazards in the home. Here we go over a few simple tips to help keep you safe in your home!

If you think you might benefit from a home safety assessment or have any further questions about home fall hazards please reach out to us. 

 

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Video FAQ: What Can Be Done to Treat Knee Arthritis?

 

One of the most common topics we discuss with our clients is knee osteoarthritis (OA). Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation, even from trusted medical professionals, on the treatment options for knee OA! 

No matter what the severity of knee OA is, anyone with OA can benefit from strengthening and mobility training. For everyone with arthritis, we assess skills like squatting, getting out of a chair, getting on and off the floor, and walking to start to detect muscle imbalances or irregular movement patterns. The treatment approach is simple- we treat what we find! For some people that might be treating muscle weakness with a strengthening program, focus on flexibility to improve mobility, or even changing footwear!

Watch the video above for more information on knee OA and reach out to us at info@advancedbalance.org with any further questions! 

 

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