Senior Fitness Better Bodies for Boomers Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:57:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Want to Lose Weight and Still be Healthy? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:13:38 +0000 Robert Nelson site

Then you should at least touch base with your Doctor, as you can then be pointed where you need help. If your are contemplating a fast, it should be under medical supervision. Trying for too rapid of weight loss usually is done at the expense of your muscles.

Most diets are too restrictive and are doomed to fail for that reason. what is called”yo-yo-ing”or the up and down of weight gain and then loss isn’t the best thing for your body. Nor is excessive sometimes called strenuous exercise as either one can be injured or if the weight loss doesn’t happen a person can lose interest and give up.

Likewise since it might have taken a person twenty years to put on the weight, it is unrealistic to expect that you can lose all the extra weight in 20 weeks or some other fixed time frame. But by having realistic goals, regular(at least 3 times a week) exercise, lifestyle changes in what you consume as food and not beating yourself up for those slices of pizza, along with healthy snack’s and drinks you can and will reach your goal.

Enlist the help of family or friends to help you accomplish this goal

Start! Walking At Home with Leslie Sansone: Beginner/Intermediate – 1 & 2 Mile Walk

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Exercise, Is It Benefical? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 01:27:52 +0000 The answer is yes, yes and most assuredly so if like me you have COPD(Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) .Cigarettes are the main reason I have COPD, I started smoking in my early teens and it’s only because of the first bout with pneumonia that I started down the path of giving up smoking

The second bout of pneumonia caused a 7 day hospital stay during which I received lots of steroids to kill the infection. I was then transferred to a skilled care center for a 13 day stay(Which was actually supposed to be 14 days, but why that happened is mostly due to poor record keeping by the facility). There I had to participate in various types of exercise which at the time due to my condition was the last thing I wanted to be doing

After finally getting back to my abode, I received a phone call from the office of the lung Doctor and was given an appointment time to see the Dr. During this time I was most fortunate to be cared for both by my sister and Public Health persons who did various things to aid in my recovery. My sister bought groceries, did my laundry and any other cleaning and most importantly just conversed with me. The public health people(nurses and therapists)made sure I was taking my medicines, had me do exercises(which I still thought was a waste of time) and I even received visits from persons who’s duty it was to bath me.

You never realize how quickly your body can turn on you or how weak you are till you look back and realize it was a real effort just to locate and pick up the phone, or go to the bathroom, or how much your breathing would increase just by lying down to sleep(for a fair period of time I didn’t lie down at the normal pillow height to sleep and instead used 3 pillows)

It ‘s now some 18 months later and largely due to great people at West Coast Therapy( a physical therapy place that specializes in rehabilitating those those whose pulmonary problems for whom MD’s have prescribed exercise, along with medication to control various health problems that I can say that I actually enjoy exercise and show up there 5 days out of the 7 days in a week..

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Becoming Healthy Fri, 06 Jan 2012 21:52:05 +0000 Becoming Healthy

Here are the ABC’s

A= Abstinence

No not that kind. In this case it means restraining from unhealthy things, smoking, too much drinking, etc.
It certainly means actual lifestyle changes, so forget restrictive diets which usually fail in the long run. I can certainly testify to having been on the Stillman Diet
and now weighing almost as much as I did when I started it lo’ these many years later. I like the saying that waist(size) is more important than weight (or put another; way lose the gut). A great read is Intuitive Eating A Revoluitionary Program that Works by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch available on

B= Be Faithful

A bit of a fudge, but still true and means be faithful to your goal of staying healthy. It does not mean becoming a slave to your goal so don’t beat yourself up for that doughnut or whatever else you supposedly “shouldn’t” have. On the other hand don’t let these type of snacks become the norm as such things could become a nasty habit.

C= Calisthenics

A fancy word for exercise which has to be a part of any program to remain or become healthy. Choose the type that fits you, whether it be running, walking, biking, swimming, dancing, jumba, etc.
It’s a good idea to go some place for the exercise, perhaps even walking to and from the facility, senior center, friend’s house or what have you. In other words fit it into your daily to do list. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Sit on a exercise ball instead of a chair while at the computer. Get up and walk around during commercials on TV (mute the sound too).
Get a pedometer so that you know how many steps a day you’re doing and work yourself up to 10,000 steps. Don’t launch yourself into a program without touching base with your doctor. Don’t push yourself too hard the first day or you will regret it (at the very least have sore muscles).
The best kind of exercise is that which is done daily (or at least 5 days a week) for a total of 30 minutes. Hope you noted that I said total, which can be broken up into 3 -10 minute sessions, even 5- 6 minute sessions, etc. If doing it the sessions way you should get yourself a pocket sized noteboook and write every session down.


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