Archives for Exercise

Chair Yoga for Seniors

5 Amazing Benefits of Chair Yoga for Seniors Chair yoga for seniors stands out as a beacon of hope, offering a gentle yet effective way to improve flexibility, strength, and mental well-being. In a world where exercise is often synonymous with high-intensity workouts, chair yoga emerges as a serene alternative, especially designed for those who seek to maintain their health and vitality into their golden years. Chair Yoga for Seniors As we gracefully age, staying active becomes increasingly important, yet equally challenging. Chair yoga, a modified version of traditional yoga, is tailored to meet these challenges head-on. By incorporating the
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Tips and Exercises to Improve Posture as We Age

Maintaining good posture is essential for overall health and well-being, especially as we age. People lose about half an inch of height every 10 years from their peak height on average. This becomes truer after age 70. While aging is normal, poor posture can lead to various musculoskeletal issues, affecting our flexibility, balance, and even our breathing. To help keep your body aligned and how to improve posture in old age, we’ve gathered some of the following valuable tips from Jamie Lens, a local physical therapist. Let’s dive into some practical advice that can make a significant difference in your
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Walk The Best Trails Near Highland Park This Summer

Explore Nature in Chicago/Highland Park   If you’re in the Chicago/Highland Park area, take advantage of the nearby hiking and activity options to combine physical exercise with the beauty of nature. Here are a few recommendations: Heller Nature Center: With its 97-acre forest, prairie, and wetlands, Heller Nature Center offers three miles of trails for hiking and exploration. Participate in their nature programs, enjoy a picnic in the woodlands, or cross-country ski in the winter.   The Preserve of Highland Park: This recently opened natural area features walking and biking trails, native gardens, and nature-based play areas. It’s an ideal
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How to Prevent Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and promote healthy kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often referred to as a “silent disease” because it rarely presents any symptoms during the early stages. As many as 90% of Americans who have CKD are unaware they have the disease until it has reached an advanced stage. The earlier you find out you have kidney disease, the sooner you can take steps to protect your kidneys from further damage. Freedom Home Care is here to help with chronic disease management.   Risk Factors Preventing
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Taking Care of Your Bone and Joint Health

Don’t Overlook Your Bones and Joints It was just bones and joints health week! There are so many different things we do to take care of our bodies, but this week we are going to take a closer look at our bones and joints. Often overlooked until an ache becomes unbearable, more than half of Americans over 18 experience bone and joint conditions, according to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Believe it or not, but bone and joint problems are the most common cause of chronic pain and physical disabilities worldwide.   Understanding Our Bones and Joints Bones
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Heart Month and Heart Health Activities

What is Heart Month? February is American Heart Month, which is a month dedicated to the improvement of cardiovascular health. This month the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension or high blood pressure. This is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States across populations. Each year one in every four deaths is a result of heart disease. Heart Month is dedicated to reducing these odds and helping individuals learn to take better care of their heart.   Be Aware
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Staying Active During Winter

Winter Often Takes a Toll on Exercise Levels Winter stretches longer than it seems and without realizing activity levels take a dip. When it’s too cold to be exercising outside, it’s important to remember there are still plenty of creative options to stay active indoors. This article will outline a few indoor exercise ideas to incorporate during the winter in order to stay active and healthy.   Indoor, Low Resource Options Taking a stroll outside when the weather is nice is a low resource option. To replace this activity during the winter can be difficult so here are a few
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Worldwide Heart Health Day

September 29th is just around the corner. This day is observed each year as Worldwide Heart Health Day. With over a year of an unrelenting virus, now is the time to take extra precautions to protect you heart. This blog will discuss how to protect your heart, heart health and COVID-19, and how to spread awareness. Read more from Freedom Home Care below. Protecting Your Heart Spreading awareness regarding cardiovascular health is very important. According to the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular disease (CVD) “is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels”. Cardiovascular disease can occur based
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How Yoga Can Benefit Seniors

Incorporating physical activity into our daily routine can be very beneficial, especially for seniors! Even a small physical task to get your heart pumping can provide tremendous benefits. Check out Freedom Home Care’s list on the benefits of yoga below. Yoga for Seniors For most seniors, yoga may sound intimidating. The poses and stretches may be too much for any senior to handle. However, yoga can be personalized to still allow for a beneficial physical activity without the fear of getting injured. Simple yoga poses seniors can try include child’s pose, tree pose, warrior ll and more that you can
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How a Daily Walk Can Boost Your Health

Exercising is important for everyone, at any age. As we age, it becomes even more essential to keep the body moving. Even if your days of running marathons, playing sports, or lifting heavy weights at the gym are behind you, you can still get the exercise your body needs to stay healthy and feel good. Taking a daily walk is easy, it costs nothing, and, for seniors, it is one of the most effective ways to keep moving. If you choose to walk outside or with a loved one or a good friend, it becomes even more beneficial. Benefits of
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