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8 Ways to avoid the Flu without the shot

Annually, around this time of year, millions of Americans get vaccinated for the flu. But the influenza virus is a fickle bug and continues to rapidly evolve, making vaccinations irrelevant year after year. This winter, try these 8 timeless tips to avoid the flu without the shot.

 

1. Cover your face.

Easy flu prevention

We’re all in it together; flu season happens to everyone. So help keep germs from spreading and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue every time you sneeze. For coughs? Master the art of the elbow cough. Cover your face with the entire inside of your elbow every time you cough. This keeps germs from spreading and your hands clean.

 

 

2. Wash your hands.

Prevent the Flu Easily

We all know this rule, but a reminder can’t hurt. Germs live on every surface you touch. The more you wash your hands, the more you wash these germs down the drain. And no matter how often you wash your hands, still keep them off your face. Rubbing your nose, mouth and eyes are a quick route to flu-land.

 

3. Eat your vegetables.

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While this is sage advice all year round, it is extra important to eat right during flu season. Anti-oxidant rich vegetables keep our body’s immune system going strong. The three major anti-oxidant vitamins are beta carotene (asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes), vitamin C (brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet peppers) and vitamin E (broccoli, chard, pumpkin). And have fun with it. Try a new recipe and invite some friends over for dinner…as long as they’re not sick.

 

4. Exercise regularly.

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Every time you exercise, you build up your immune system. At least 30 minutes a day should do the trick, but more certainly can’t hurt! Don’t forget that exercise also helps reduce stress. Stress is another immune system killer.

 

5. Get plenty of sleep.

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Your body needs time to recover, especially when you’re fighting off germs. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night and even more if you’re feeling under the weather.

 

6. Don’t smoke and drink less.

Healthy Tips for Winter

Even though the Rat Pack never seemed to get sick, science shows that their nasty habits of smoking and drinking all day really wears down your immune system. So, put out that cigarette butt once and for all and say no to that second glass of wine.

 

7. Drink Water.

Drink lots of water

Staying well hydrated keeps the tissues of the respiratory system moist and helps the immune system work properly, keeping the flu away. And if you do get sick, water flushes out your system, re-hydrates you and washes out the toxins. An adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the thought of so much water sounds exhausting, squeeze in some fresh citrus juice to liven up that glass.

 

8. Disinfect common surfaces.

 

Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours. Use disinfecting wipes or spray on phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. This isn’t just for home. Help your co-workers stay healthy this flu season and bring some wipes to the office.

 

Stay healthy and happy this winter so you can enjoy the holiday season (not the flu season) with your loved ones.

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Plantar Plate Injuries in the NFL

Several NFL players have sustained plantar plate injuries recently which will end their 2012 seasons:  Pierre Garcon, Sean Lee, and Carl Nicks.  What is this injury and why is it so serious?  The plantar plate is a flexible but strong structure under the metatarsal phalangeal joints.  These joints connect the proximal phalanx with the metatarsal bone.  An example of a metatarsal phalangeal joint  is your big toe joint.   It is a structure that prevents upward movement or dorsiflexion of the toes and connects from the base of the toe to the plantar fascia (a thick band that runs along the bottom of the foot).  It is connected to the collateral ligaments on the sides, and the thick fibrous and cartilaginous structure keeps toes straight.  

 Mild tears to the plantar plate can be treated with conservative therapies:  ice, rest, immobilization, strapping downward, anti-inflammatory medications, and orthotics.  However, more severe cases or those that fail conservative treatment need surgical intervention.  Elite athletes that play sports such as football can encounter such extreme forces that the plantar plate  will endure a severe tear and must be surgically repaired.  Conventional x-rays may be helpful, but the plantar plate is a soft tissue structure that needs MRI or Ultrasound to be adequately visualized.  These imaging modalities are essential for proper diagnosis and surgical planning.  
 
Dr. Bender is a podiatrist at Advanced Physical Medicine and practice at the Oak Park and 63rd Street (Chicago) locations.  She is an instructor at William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  Appointment can be made by calling:  708-763-0580 (OP) and 773-776-3166 (63rd).

Healthy Snacks that are Full of It

Snacks can be the bane of a diet plan or the savior depending on how you utilize them. On one hand, eating bad snacks while you are trying to lose weight can crush your goal. But skipping snacks altogether can be just as bad because that can lead to overeating during meal time. So what is the solution?

The answer is to eat a better class of snacks.

The Healthy Options

There are some really great tasting snacks out there. No, this list doesn't include a Snickers bar or ice cream cones (boy we wish) but instead has a few things that are really full of it. By it we mean anything but too many calories. Air, thicker liquids, spices, or any other thing we can use to trick our stomachs into thinking we have consumed more food the better! Foods filled with air make it seem like we eat more. Thicker liquids fill us up more than just drinking fluids. Spicy foods can actually curb the appetite while filing you up as the heat and flavor lasts longer.

This list contains foods like that but you still need to control portions. Make sure to set out a serving size ahead of time and then eat only that. Use visual tricks like stuffing thinks into an extra small container or bag so they are literally bursting out. Every little bit helps!

  • Wasabi Peas (from Trader Joes) - spicy option with 120 calories per 1/4 cup
  • Jell-O Sugar-Free Pudding Cups - 60 to 90 calories per 3.75 oz
  • Del Monte SuperFruit Cup - 140 calories per cup
  • Dannon Light and Fit Plus - 100 calories per 8 oz
  • Good Health Popcorn - 105 calories for 3.5 cups
  • Bell Pepper Sliced with Chunky Salsa - 90 calories
  • Cheetos Natural White Cheddar Puffs - 150 calories per ounce
  • Newman's Hi-Protein Pretzels - 120 calories for 22 pretzels
  • Quaker Caramel Corn Quakes Rice Snacks - 120 calories for 14 cakes
  • Mott's Plus Applesauce - 100 calories per 8 ounces
  • Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit Bags - 100 calories per 1/4 cup
  • Jalapenos stuffed with Low Fat Cream Cheese - 75-90 calories each
  • Power Crunch Bars - 210 Calires w/ 13 grams of protein

These are just some great examples of stuff that has a lot of good taste and some flavor along with the ability to fill you up. Plus most of this stuff is pre-packed and available at the store. A few of the things take a minute or two of prep time but not so much that it is a burden.

One of the things about dieting is to not starve yourself. Having a great snack between meals is perfectly fine and will help keep your metabolism cruising along at a better pace than skipping snacks and eating more for meals. Plus who doesn't like a tasty and healthy snack?

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Top 10 Health Tips for Men Over 60

1) Take regular exercise
As we age it's more important than ever to remain active however people mistakenly often think that it's time to slow down. Keeping fit will help to slow down our physical and mental decline and decrease the risk of stroke, heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Aim for at least 2.5 hours per week of cardiovascular activity, as well as incorporating movement in your usual daytime activities.

2) Watch cholesterol levels
High cholesterol levels can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, which is most common in men over 60. Regular exercise will help lower this as will a healthy and balanced diet. Animal fats such as butter and lard processed meats have a high cholesterol level so avoid these and instead get your fat from healthy, unsaturated fat from foods such as oily fish, avocadoes and nuts as these can actually help lower cholesterol. Have regular cholesterol tests with your GP.

3) Prostate check-ups
Prostate cancer is most common in men over the age of 45 and peaks at 70 so it is important to remain vigilant and to be aware of the symptoms of the disease, which can include problems urinating. Make regular visits to your GP for a physical examination of the area to ensure any cancer is picked up early, in order that it can be managed properly.

4) Maintain a healthy diet
A balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is important at any age but especially so when our body's functions start to slow down, as it will help decrease the risk of age-related diseases. It's also important to consume plenty of calcium to prevent bone deterioration and iron-rich foods to maintain energy levels, such as lean, red meat and dark green vegetables.

5) Decrease alcohol consumption
If you are a steady drinker now may be the time to cut down on your weekly intake. Regular alcohol consumption can contribute to the risk of diseases that become more common in older age, such as heart disease and cancer, so lowering your intake may help to protect you from these.

6) Stop smoking
Like alcohol, smoking can also be a contributing factor to a number of diseases and is not just limited to lung cancer. Smoking is a known carcinogen and it can also thicken and block arteries resulting in potential life-threatening heart problems.

7) Regular eye-tests
Over the age of 60 you are eligible for a free eye-test once every 2 years which should be taken up as eyesight can deteriorate at this age even if you have previously benefitted from perfect vision. Eye-tests can help reveal diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma and even other health issues such as diabetes.

8 ) Reduce stress levels
It's important when moving in to your later years that you try to reduce your stress levels in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Stress can lead to high-blood pressure which can cause heart disease and strokes.

9) Consider a well man check-up
If you are anxious about your health then consider an overall health check-up. There are some hospitals with a special men’s health department, called a well man clinic, which offer a wide range of tests in order to ascertain overall health levels and also detect any potential problems or diseases.

10) Maintain sexual health
Many men in their older years can forget the importance of safe sex, particularly as the risk of unwanted pregnancies is less likely. However if you aren't in a monogamous relationship you still run the risk of contracting and spreading infectious diseases if you are unprotected, so remember to keep it safe.

Written by Kat Kraetzer, an experienced blogger working in the health-care industry for many years

4 Exercises To Help You Live With Arthritic Joint Pain And Enjoy Your Life To The Fullest

Millions of people develop arthritis and it can seriously affect their life. Sadly there isn't a cure and they have to live with it for the rest of their life. Are you one of these people have are unfortunate enough to suffer from it? Perhaps you got depressed because you weren't looking forward to the future. Once it gets worse a restricted life is not a pleasant one. Sometimes walking up the stairs can be excruciating. Even though there is no cure, there is still hope you can live the fullest life possible. Please don't give up. But it comes with a price. You have to be willing to work in order to start enjoying your life like you once did.

It all starts with exercise. You can take as much medication as you want, but there's no better way of dealing with arthritic joint pain than exercise. It's the cheapest way in the world to deal with sore joints as long as you're willing to put in the work. Now I know what you might be thinking. No, right? It's going to be too hard. Well it won't be, although it won't be a walk in the park (actually, it could be). Have a look at the exercises below and you can start out taking it easy and as soon as you notice improvements you'll be eager to keep going.

Go for long walks

You need to begin by walking more than you are just now. That doesn't mean walking to your car in the morning. It involves setting an actual training schedule and walking for 20 minutes at least 3 days per week. It's going to strengthen your leg muscles and it will take a lot more pressure off the joints. Reduced pain by simply walking. It's pretty great for your pain, but you have to stick to your exercise plan. Once you get used to it you can start increasing your time and speed, so eventually you'll be covering some decent distances.

Start going in the pool

Swimming is great exercise because there's no pressure on your joints inside the water. It's amazing for people who have more severe arthritis in their knees and hips. Once inside you don't just need to stick to swimming. You can walk, jog, or just splash about like you used to do when you were a child. If you're lucky enough to have access to a hot-tub you can sit in the water and the heat will help reduce the tension in your muscles. The pain will gradually get better and you will feel great.

Use a bike machine

The bike machines at your local gym will give you a great exercise. Just like swimming, it doesn't produce any load on your lower body. If you'd prefer to cycle outside you can, but a stationary bike means you don't have to worry about balance and it would probably be better for some people. Sometimes you find people who have been inactive for a while because of arthritis won't have great balance. It basically keeps you safe. When you're setting the seat up you should aim to keep your knee as straight as you can when the pedal is at the lowest position.

Join a yoga class

Yoga is amazing for people with arthritis. The beginners class will have simple exercises that will strengthen your muscles and provide much more balance and flexibility than you have now. But they're not the only things it will do for you. Soon you'll have a much more relaxed state of mind and your energy levels will increase. All this will lead to a much healthier outlook which can also help with your arthritis, because you will deal with it better than you are now. And it's a great hobby to get into.

The article is written by orthopedic expert, Riley Clark. He authors blogs that track the latest arthritic and surgical treatments. He suggests consulting jointpain.md for any kind of surgical treatment.

How to Prevent the Flu

Winter is the season where the young and the elderly are prone to catching the flu. It all starts with the sniffles but some of these sniffles then lead to coughing attacks, chest infections and the severe flu; where the aches and pains in the joints hurt badly and you are unable to get out of bed and move. If you want to avoid the winter blues you may want to get the Influenza vaccine otherwise known as the flu shot or stock up on a healthy vitamin diet which will help fight the flu.

Benefits of The Influenza Vaccine

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If you do not take care of the flu early on it can become deadly. Did you know that Influenza is one of the most serious diseases out there, if the immune system shuts down so will your health, it can also go on to attack specific areas of the body and is known to attack the hair follicles causing Alopecia hair loss. Many people over the winter period head straight to the doctors and hospitals but the wait to be seen can be extensively long, so find a way to be treated early on so you can avoid such problems.

The healthiest person can get sick because influenza spreads, if you are coughing or sneezing make sure you cover up these areas with a tissue so you do not spread germs. During a normal flu season it is estimated that 90 percent of deaths hit those who are 65 years plus. This is a high percentage for the elderly and so it is recommended that they obtain the Influenza vaccine to protect themselves. Flu viruses spread quickly so be careful; think about the benefits from obtaining a flu shot as it will eliminate the bacteria’s that spread quickly.

The benefit of having these vaccines through a shot or nasal-spray flu vaccine otherwise known as LAIV is it will cause antibodies. Antibodies occur within the body around two weeks once you have had the vaccine, this then provides the protection needed against the infections.

The flu shot benefits those of all ages, from a baby who is 6 months plus to those over 65, the flu vaccine will help eliminate the flu. It is recommended that those who suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or chronic lung heart and liver diseases should seek this flu prevention option quickly. Pregnant women should have this as one of their priorities and the elderly too.

Healthy Foods That Beat The Flu

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If you are not considering the flu jab then at least stock up on a healthy batch of fruit and vegetables. Vitamin C is vitally important to have in your diet as it prevents colds and helps limit physical stress which runs down a person’s health. The best fresh fruits you will find vitamin C in is blackcurrants, kiwi, strawberries, green broccoli and cauliflower. In addition many citrus fruits are full of vitamin C so if you are having a hot drink then slice up a lemon or lime and drop it in as this will give your drink a vitamin boost.

Be sure to protect your health this winter.

Author: Jeanna H recovered from Alopecia areata and the flu. Keep up to date with her hair loss advice and find out how she recovered from a chest infection that led to Alopecia hair loss.

LisFranc’s Injury

The New York Jets Player, Santonio Holmes, suffered  a LisFranc injury last weekend, and many reports state that this may compromise the rest of his football season.  A LisFranc Injury/Fracture/Dislocation is a serious injury that often involves shifting over or fracture (breaks) of the metatarsal bones of the foot.  There are five metatarsal bone, which are longer bone that correspond to each toe.  A very strong ligament called the LisFranc ligament connects the first and second metatarsals to stabilize this part of the foot. These metatarsal bones connect with the cuneiforms and cuboid to form the LisFranc joint.   With this type of injury, this ligament is often disrupted, and shifting of the metatarsals out of their positions usually follows.  Depending on the severity of the injury, dislocation and fracture can occur, and this leads to the complexity of the situation.  Milder forms of the injury can involve stretching and strain of the LisFranc ligament. 

A plantarflexed (downward bending) foot, a rapid rotational force, or high impact injuries can cause this injury.  For example, stepping into an unexpected hole while walking or running can initiate this type of injury.  Additionally, falling when walking in high heels can also cause this injury.  Sports like football, with the running, tackling, and rapid transitioning can cause this type of injury, as is the case with Santonio Holmes. 

X-Rays, MRI, and CT provide information on the extent of the injury.  Some patients can be treated with immobilization and casting, but other patients need surgical intervention.  Either way, this type of injury is serious and requires physical therapy following casting or surgery.  It also typically leads to arthritis.

Dr. Bender is a foot and ankle specialist at Advanced Physical Medicine.  She practices at the Oak Park and 63rd Street locations and is also a clinical instructor for William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

Smoking vs. Junk Food


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Much recent debate has centred on the despised junk food market, which has now managed to climb onto the same boat as cigarettes. Both these enjoyable luxuries are still a part of so many people’s everyday lifestyle despite the warnings that constantly put them under criticism for the damaging effects to our bodies if they are not used in moderation. With all this in mind many questions arise with one in particular: What is really worse for you? Smoking 1 cigarette a day, or eating one McDonalds meal a day?


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It is clearly obvious that money is one of the main factors that cause stress. Lack of it creates anxiety, so with the shocking prices of cigarettes it can certainly be said for the full time smoker the financial benefits of smoking are zero. By weighing up a 10 per day smoker against a McDonalds meal every day we can easily conclude the cigarette smoker is still behind even when the junk food lover is buying the most expensive McDonalds set. In spite of all of this, it doesn’t really answer the one cigarette versus one McDonalds per day debate.
Continuing along the financial debate then the burger lover will be well behind as the price of one cigarette is a fraction of the price of the cheapest McDonalds meal set. In the end the monetary implications of either choice are neither here nor there as in these quantities either purchase will hardly rip a hole in your pocket, so the obvious health implications through financial strain can be eliminated.

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There are however, quite obvious concerns attached to smoking that really do seem to outweigh the unseen issues that come with eating a McDonalds. Cigarettes clearly ruin your health through not only poisoning your lungs, but clogging up your archeries linked to pumping blood to the vital organs. Junk food has also been labelled as an archery killer, but we can safely say with some confidence that it doesn’t destroy our lungs thus our ability to play sport through regulating our breathing is unaffected. This is where the real contest between the two begins.
A cigarette a day or a burger a day both contribute to clogging up your arteries plus if you don’t eat the healthy McDonalds options, then you are piling on saturated and trans-fats with a meal that provides little vitamins. There is a twist however, and that is at least one McDonalds meal provides some vitamins and fat is not always a bad thing. On the other hand cigarettes only deplete the vitamins in your body and they let off what is said to be over 4,000 separate chemicals in your body, 50 known to contribute to cancer. It is now clear that both McDonalds and cigarettes have unseen effects on human health that people either don’t know about or ignore when they partake in their seemingly luxurious comforts.

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This leads further onto the dangers between the two as far as our education of their affects on the human body comes into play. It is no secret cigarettes destroy the human body’s inner workings due to the fact all cigarette boxes now have warning labels making this notion inescapable . On the flip side junk food doesn’t come with any such caution or anything close to the visual horrors we see so often in the images used by quit smoking campaigners.
On this note it is hard to say that junk isn’t dangerous because those that do eat one burger a day have no idea what they are doing to their body whereas those that smoke a cigarette per day would have to be considered naive if they didn’t think that the cigarette was harming them in anyway. Though in the end, 4,000 chemical per day and your vitamin supply being destroyed is defiantly the least attractive option of the two.

If you are interested in finding a safer alternative to cigarettes then visit Prezzy Box who sell electronic cigarettes.

The Top 5 Calorie Tracking Apps on the Iphone

With so many cases of obesity these days, it’s no surprise that there have been concerted efforts by both government and media to highlight the health issues of being seriously overweight. It is indeed a problem with hospitals having to spend increasingly more and more of their budgets on individuals who are quite simply, too fat. The truth of the matter is that in the majority of cases, obesity is down to greed and ignorance. It has all become far too easy to eat in excess, as if gluttony is some sort of Olympic sport. With this lack of restraint in mind, we take a look at some of the best resources available via various iPhone apps which may be of some help in managing our diets.

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WeightBot

This is one of the most popular apps available due in part to its simplicity and ease of use. The idea is that you put in your weight and height and a BMI figure is subsequently provided. The app also has the quite nifty function where your weight loss is displayed on a graph with a 180 degree flip of the phone. Cost, £1.49.

Tap & Track - Calorie Counter

This is one of the higher end apps in terms of detail and also price as it doesn’t come cheap at £2.49. However it is well worth the investment as this is a resource which provides an extensive database of information with offline capabilities. There are great features such as ‘goal weight’ tracker and ‘nutrient totals’ all displayed in user friendly graphs for you to peruse at your leisure.

LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker

Not to be confused with the one above, this app has been developed in conjunction with the website of the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong. This one has the added feature of being able to reconcile your specific physical activity with the amount of calories burned so you will always know where you need to focus your energies. There is also the opportunity to take advantage of the various forum groups from the main website via the app.

The Eatery

This is a weight loss app with a difference as it focuses more on your meals as opposed to the calories in them. The facility allows you to take a picture of your food and share it with others so that you can gain an opinion on their worthiness. In effect this is an app which embarrasses you into eating less!

My Fitness Pal

With a claim of having the largest food database compared to all the other apps at 1.5 million, this one certainly has a lot going for it. What makes this app a winner is the fact that it’s also free which is even more impressive when you consider the amount of detailed information that is available. Incredibly simple to use, it allows you to track your calorie intake and weight loss as you work towards your goal. There are 300 exercises included in the database and you can also track cardio stats as well as a plethora of strength training routines. You can even get your friends involved and track each other’s progress for that additional motivation. There are too many features to note here suffice to say it’s a must have app on the iPhone.

Get them downloaded from your iTunes account today!

About the Author: Alfie Davenport loves mobile apps and his iPhone is full of new releases, when not spending all his time on his phone he works for Ladbrokes Online and loves his lifestyle entertainment!

Yoga for Seniors – Why Yoga is as good for Old Bones as it is for New

Yoga is what you make of it: it can be as difficult or as easy as you want it to be. This flexibility, to pardon the pun, is what makes yoga so suitable for seniors. You are never too old for yoga as it is something that you can adapt to your changing body; it helps to strengthen your core and muscles, bringing you to a level of fitness that many seniors desire.

With so many ailments like osteoporosis and high blood pressure eroding at the quality of life of many seniors, it is no wonder that they seek to avoid pain by avoiding exercise. That is where yoga comes in: it is a low-impact alternative that can get your heart pumping, increase your joint flexibility and improve your quality of life immensely.

Here are 5 reasons why yoga is great for seniors, showing you that yoga isn’t just a fad for twenty-somethings.

1. Rejuvenate your joints

One of the most bothersome problems of advancing age for many are the stiffening joints, either coming about naturally from old age or from a condition such as arthritis. The best way to rejuvenate your joints is exercise, but as this is often painful at first many seniors don’t try. This does them more harm than good, leading to worse joints and worse pain.

As yoga is a low impact exercise, it is great for those who dread any form of movement because of joint-related pain. Slowly but surely, yoga can help loosen up your joints. This will help you become more mobile, helping you not just in your day-to-day life but also helping if you wish to branch out into other sports.

If you’re wondering what yoga poses are best for your joints, then you're in luck. A good piece of advice is to try to do movements such as sun salutations. They are much less tiresome for your joints than static poses.

2. Respect your natural limits, and expand them.

Yoga is all about respecting your body’s natural limits: it will only harm you if you push further into a pose than your body allows. If you are worried as a senior that yoga will be useless for you because you are no longer very supple, then don’t worry. Even if you can’t sink far into a stretch, just stretching as far as you can is good for your body. You never know: the next time you try you might be able to stretch just that bit further.

It is through this gradual process that you can become more supple and flexible, and your stronger muscles paired with your stronger joints are going to work wonders for your mobility.

3. Combat high blood pressure

Many seniors suffer from high blood pressure, yet a high number of these often struggle with doing regular exercise that can help control it. Yoga has been proven to help combat high blood pressure, which in turn reduces your risk of heart attacks and strokes. People often underestimate how much yoga can get their heart pumping despite being low impact. This means that your heart is getting a workout while the rest of your body is under very little pressure. This is a great combination for seniors.

4. Do it anywhere and everywhere

If mobility or cost is a problem for you, then the best part of yoga is that once you have nailed the basics, you can do it yourself - anywhere. Whether that means rolling out your yoga mat and doing it in your kitchen or getting some yoga gloves and doing it in the park. Either way you’re guaranteed to be able to do it at very little or no cost and on your own terms. It’s great for anyone, but it’s especially great for seniors who struggle with money and mobility.

5. Yoga as part of a healthy lifestyle

Yoga can work great as part of a healthy lifestyle because it actively encourages people to eat fresh food, live sustainably and generally be as healthy as possible. If you are looking for an exercise that fits well into your lifestyle, then yoga has no rival.

So that is it! if you’re a senior and you want to get just a bit more active, then take a look at yoga. It’s a great way to get in a bit of healthy exercise without straining your body too much. It could be just the key you need to turn back the clock and rejuvenate your life.

Guest post from David V. guest writer of Yogapaws, a yoga poses blog and equipment shop online.

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