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Flexibility and Mobility for Healthy Aging

 

Do you wake up feeling stiff every morning?

Does it take an hour or two after waking up for that feeling to go away?

Or does that feeling linger all day?

One of the most common questions we get asked is if this is a natural part of aging. Our clients wonder if this is just inevitable or if there is something that can be done to prevent this. 

We're here to tell you this DOES NOT have to be a natural part of aging, and that yes, there is plenty you can to avoid waking up with that feeling every morning! 

Let's Talk About Flexibility...

Flexibility, also known as range of motion, can be improved and maintained at any age. Our tissues get stiff because we stop using them, not just because of old age

We need to take a closer look though because only working on flexibility is not a great solution either. It's vital to keep a good range of motion of all of our joints as we age, but to function at our best we must also have the strength to control our...

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Improve Your Health With Better Quality Sleep

 

Are you one of the millions of people who struggle to get a good night's sleep on a regular basis? If so, you aren't alone. This is one of the most common problems we hear from our clients during their first visit. 

And the lack of sleep is increasing your risk of having of fall. 

There are many reasons why you might not be sleeping well from struggling with falling asleep in the first place to waking up too frequently throughout the night.

As we've mentioned before, sleep is critical to your body's ability to heal. And sleep deprivation is associated with higher risk of falls in older adults. So this is one of the first areas we start to address with new clients. 

If you are struggling to sleep you've come to the right place! Improving your sleep quality is a simple way you can promote brain health, better balance, and prevent falls before they happen, 

First Some Information About Sleep

Good quality sleep is a basic human need that tends to be overlooked in...

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Want the Secret to Living Your Best Life?

 Want the secret to living your best life?

We have to admit, this is a bit of a trick question because there truly is no one secret to being your best self. Though the answer to this question is in reality quite simple, it might not be easy.  

A common theme we hear from our clients is that there is some key to living a healthy life that they just haven't found yet. Some deep, dark secret that holds all the answers to living a life of energy, vitality, and abundance.

Chronic disease is becoming more rampant by the day, so we must be missing something, right? Some unknown, mysterious secret that will change our health in an instant if only we could find it.

The true answer is that there is no secret. There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach. And certainly no magic bullet. Instead, the answer involves being mindful along the journey toward finding our best self. It’s not an exciting answer, but by admitting this ourselves we can find a...

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What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis

 

One of the most common topics we address with our clients is osteoporosis. Lifestyle changes to build healthier bones should start at any age! There is no right time to start to worry about developing osteoporosis, but with the right movement it doesn't have to be a concern. 

This may or may not come as a surprise, but building bone density starts decades before osteoporosis is a concern. The good news is it's never too late to start building bone density even if you've already been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

How Bone Growth Works

Fun fact: Bone cells take about 10 years to completely turn over, so every 10 years your skeleton looks completely different!

Bone, just like any other tissue in the body, continuously undergoes a process of new cell growth and old cell breakdown. Different factors, mostly lifestyle choices, change this process and may start to cause problems with healthy bone formation.

Osteoporosis doesn't impact all bones equally, which...

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Hate Exercise? Try Movement Instead for Healthy Aging.

 

With our society becoming more unhealthy as a whole each year, movement professionals find ourselves in a position to reframe the discussion around health, wellness, and movement. 

We all understand the benefits of exercise for healthy aging, yet adhering to an exercise routine tends to be a completely different story. The most important conversation we have with new clients is discussing their physical activity history. This gives us a clear picture on how set our clients up for success in their health and wellness goals.

And one of the most common reasons we hear for not sticking to an exercise routine is lack of time or interest. The guilt and shame associated with not going to the gym creates a further aversion to exercise, becoming a vicious cycle. 

But what if we told you there is a way to age well that doesn't involve traditional "exercise"? Sound too good to be true? We promise this is not only possible but also ideal for your health. 

The solution is a ...

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Mindful Movement for Healthy Aging 101

 

At the core of our approach in helping our clients along their journey toward better health as they age is building a mindful movement practice. 

A mindful movement practice is different from a typical exercise or fitness routine. Mindful movement is also one of the most overlooked components of health habits

So what is mindful movement? Mindful movement is for everyone, from elite athletes to couch potatoes. 

Over our years of practice in the medical field, we have noted much of the messaging thrown at us by the fitness industry can be more of a detriment to health than a help. So, we set out on a mission to change the thought patterns around movement to encourage an emphasis on the many positive health benefits of exploring your mobility.

One of our first steps with new clients is guiding them through establishing what we call a "movement practice". A movement practice is individualized based on the health goals of the person in front of us. A...

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3 Principles of Healthy Aging

 

How much time do you spend thinking about how you move throughout the day? If you're not getting the health results you want, your movement is likely a huge factor! 

Both your quantity and quality of daily movement come down to a matter of convenience. Today, moving more to accomplish daily tasks is perceived as an inconvenience. If you can outsource the effort to a device, why bother with the work yourself?

We now have access to devices serving the sole purpose of making our lives easier, from electronic kitchen appliances to phones, to vehicles. These devices externalize the work of our muscles, effectively outsourcing the work of our body. And we tend to rely more and more on these devices as we age. 

“Upgrading” our products results in doing less work throughout the day. This is promoted by advertisers as a sign of status, progress, and luxury. A device that results in less work is the ultimate end goal and we encounter this message everywhere we turn.

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