Seniors, Boomers And Small Houses Blog
It has been way too long since I have posted on this blog and I cannot believe how much time has passed. That certainly was not my intent.
Starting with this post, I will be adding information here on a more regular basis once again.
Getting Back To Exercising
All through my years in school, I was very athletic and in fact received my athletic 'letter and sweater'. I was also a dancer during those years, having been in a folk dance group and danced professionally at Jr. Colleges, in addition to Disneyland. I also won an award after having danced on T.V.
In addition, I did aerobics, skied and was a runner. However, my running days ended when, as a pedestrian, I was hit by a truck and had also had arthritis to deal with. The accident exacerbated my condition. Walking never quite did it for me like running, and like many perhaps, I gave up exercising entirely.
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
Over the years my joints have become stiffer and I know I need to get back to 'something' to loosen up. Starting next week, I will be taking an exercise class at our Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. It is low impact, in fact, I don't think any impact. Here is a link to the center if you are interested in taking classes.
But, that is ok as my sole purpose for taking this class is just to get moving again. It is in fact chair exercises. Inasmuch as I have done literally no movement at all, I think this is exactly what I need at this time in my life. It would be great if I could get back to running again, but I am not putting bets on that. I am also hoping to take a strength class after I complete chair aerobics, if I am still able to move!
Less Than 10 Minutes A Dat
There was an article that recently caught my eye and it spoke to me personally. Does it speak to you too?
It may sound counter intuitive, but people suffering from arthritis pain in their legs and feet may want to try walking it out. My doctor is ALWAYS telling me this.
In fact, just one hour of moderate to brisk walking a week — or less than 10 minutes a day — was shown to help stop disability in older adults by helping them keep up their ability to perform daily tasks, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Researchers studied more than 1,500 older adults (ages 49 to 83) participating in the Osteoarthritis Initiative, who were at risk of disability from the degenerative joint disease that worsens over time. Arthritis affects more than 54 million adults; some 14 million older Americans have symptomatic knee arthritis, in particular. While arthritis is less common in young adults (affecting 10% to 13% of Americans in their 60s, an as high as 40% of those in their 70s), it can develop in your 20s and 30s.
And it can become so painful that some people are no longer able to work, or to do everyday activities like bathing and dressing. This costs the U.S. about $304 billion a year, according to the CDC, including $140 billion in medical costs (an extra $2,117 per person with arthritis), and $164 billion in lost wages (or $4,040 less pay for an adult with arthritis compared to one without it.)
So the Northwestern Medicine study subjects, who were considered disability-free at the beginning of the study (which meant they could walk at least one meter per second — fast enough to cross the street before the traffic light changes — and they didn’t have any trouble getting dressed, bathing or walking across a room) wore accelerometers so that researchers could measure their activity.
And after four years, those who did at least 56 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week had an 86% decreased risk of being mobility disabled, and a 45% decreased risk of a daily living disability, compared to those who got less exercise. That breaks out to just eight minutes a day.
You can read the full article from Market Watch here. But let's get out there together. I have a feeling we will all feel better if we do.
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