Category Archives: Exercise

Equipment of the Month: Smart Stick

EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Smart Stick

CATEGORY: Flexibility, balance, core and strength training.

PORTABILITY: Unweighted or 5 lbs. 60 inches long. Price range is around $20.00 and up, if you buy more than one. Add this fun piece of equipment to your home gym if you don’t have much space. Stores easily in a closet.

TYPE OF WORKOUT: Multi-directional to develop shoulders, core, thighs, legs. To add challenge, use it in combination with a fitball, or on balance cushions, or a slider.

BENEFITS: Improve balance and range of motion. Develops flexibility in golfers, kayakers, racquet sports, paddlers and more. Lightweight and portable.

HOW TO USE IT: Click the link to Prism Fitness for Smart Stick video demonstrations. Available for purchase here as well.

SMART STICK VIDEO LINK


HAVE FUN!


OVERHEAD EXERCISE USING THE STICK

National Fall Prevention Awareness – September 2021

FALL-RELATED INJURIES SEND A SENIOR TO THE HOSPITAL EVERY 11 SECONDS

National Fall Prevention week is held on the first day of fall every year since 2008.  The yearly celebration is sponsored by the National Council on Aging – NCOA. 

While falls are not a normal part of aging, they are on the rise, sending someone over 65 to the emergency room, every 11 seconds

Falling is the number one cause of injuries, and deaths from injury, in older Americans, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

Strengthening the core is a number one exercise priority for older adults.  Core strength improves balance, quality of life, and the ability to remain independent.

Visit the National Council On Aging website.for more information about National Fall Prevention Awareness.

Click the links to read my blog posts about core strength and aging.

Why Older Adults Need Core Strength

Falling Down An Escalator Isn’t Funny


Virtual Yoga Studio: How To Sequence Single Leg Downward Dog Into Warrior I Pose

Sequencing Warrior One Pose From Single Leg Downward Dog

Video by Alexy Almond from Pexels

Benefits: Opens hips, strengthens backside, stretches calves, strengthens back, strengthens and stretches posterior thigh, stretches abdominals.


EXERCISE DO’S AND DON’TS

As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. The Yoga exercise is this video is not recommended for those who are sedentary, or who are beginners. Don’t attempt this Yoga sequence, if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider.


Virtual Gym: How To Do An Abdominal Exercise Outdoors or At Home

Slow Moving Abdominal Strengthening Exercise

Video by ROMAN ODINTSOV from Pexels

Modifications: 1) During the entire exercise, cross your arms on your chest. 2) Lower your body halfway down, and then come back up.

Abdominal Exercise Benefits: Strengthens abdominal muscles, shoulders, hanstrings, neck.


EXERCISE DO’S AND DONT’S

As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If you’re abdominal muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider.


Senior Exercise: How To Do A Walking Lunge

Walking Lunge With Dumbbells For Seniors

Video by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Three Ways To Modify This Exercise: 1) Instead of taking a big step forward, take a smaller step forward and bring both feet together. 2) Don’t use weights. 3) Hold onto a wall during the exercise.

Moving Lunge Benefits: Strengthens thighs, legs and core.


Exercise Do’s and Don’ts

As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If you experience poor balance, this may not be an appropriate exercise for you. If you’re starting an exercise program be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider.