Good quality sleep is a basic human need that tends to be overlooked in...
Do you understand the health benefits of exercise but have always struggled to maintain a routine?
Or do you not know where to get started in the first place?
If this sounds like you, you are in the right place!
If you struggle with exercise, it's possible to get more movement in your day with a few simple adjustments to your surroundings. And to illustrate this point, I will start with a story about a broken kitchen appliance.
About a month ago our food processor broke. Panic ensued. It was a much-loved kitchen appliance, one that we use daily for dishes like pesto and hummus.
Rather than running out to buy a new one, however, we decided to see what would happen if we didn't replace it. At least not right away. It seems like an unconventional choice when we live in a world where we can replace anything instantly, but stay with me here.
We used a little creativity to find ways to accomplish the...
Are you one of the millions of people living with chronic low back pain?
Have you been told by a medical provider your pain is due to arthritis? That you have the spine of an 80 year old? Or there is nothing that can be done about your back pain?
If so, you aren't alone. And unfortunately, what is often left out of this discussion is the fact that aging of the spine is perfectly NORMAL. Yes, it's not even abnormal to start to see signs of arthritis on imaging as young as age 30.Arthritic changes within your joints do not automatically lead to chronic pain and limited quality of life.
So, what gives and where is your back pain really coming from?
Age causes an increase low back pain for a variety of other reasons. About one in three older adults will experience low back pain. As we stated above, there are normal and expected changes in the spine that come with age include changes in posture,...
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!
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...
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,
Good quality sleep is a basic human need that tends to be overlooked in...
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...
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...
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 ...
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.
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...
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.