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About Anne Pringle Burnell February 01, 2018 15:48 1 Comment

Anne Pringle Burnell created and developed the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise DVD Video Programs for older adults and people with disabilities, injuries, or chronic conditions.  Anne is a national presenter at conferences including IAFC, ATRI, and the National Council on Aging. She authored several articles and created the Peyow Aqua Pilates and  Stronger  Seniors programs.  She holds certifications  including ATRIC, CAFS,  AI Chi, and is an education    provider for AEA, AF, ATRI, ACE,  AFAA/NASM,    AquaStretch, and an Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates,    Merrithew Health & Fitness. She teaches in Chicago at  Galter Life Center, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Peninsula  Hotel Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago and private  clients at her Pilates studio.


Nutrition and Exercise for Seniors November 13, 2017 12:15

Eating healthy is a lifestyle choice shaped by many elements, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, availability of food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. For a colorful visual of MyPlate and the 5 food groups, download What's MyPlate All About?.  There's also a link for Physical Activity.

Take a look at A Brief History of USDA Food Guides to learn more about previous food guidance symbols. 

If you want to improve your quality of life, this government site may just be for you!

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Eating well, staying Active and Mental Exercises Can Reverse Physical Frailty in Seniors June 21, 2017 12:26

The important message from our studies is that frailty is not an inevitable part of aging. There is much that older people can do for themselves to avoid becoming frail and disabled, so it is vital that they pay attention to good quality diet and nutrition, engage in physical exercise, 

Overweight but Frail Seniors Benefit from Aerobics and Strength Training June 19, 2017 10:34

Overweight but Frail Seniors Benefit from Aerobics and Strength Training, according to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

When You Should Not Exercise May 16, 2017 17:50

Exercise does the body good, but it's not always a good idea. You know that exercising is important and can make you feel good, but here are some instances when exercise can be dangerous.

Listen to your body and the cues it is giving you and decide if exercise is right at that time,”

If you have a fever…

Stay home and rest. A fever shows that the body’s immune system is battling an infection - - and doesn't need to deal with stress from exercise on top of that. If you decide to exercise with a fever, be alert for overheating and dehydration, since body fluids decrease when you have a fever.

If you have a cold…

A cold can make you miserable, but it doesn't rule out exercise. Experts say moderate- intensity workouts are OK when you have a common cold. If you go to a gym when you have a cold, use hand sanitizer and wipe off any surfaces you touch so you don’t contaminate your gym buddies. The bottom line: It's understandable if you choose to take it easy, but exercising with a cold doesn't seem to make you sicker.

If you have the flu…

Head to your sofa, not the gym. Skip your workout until you recover. With the flu comes a fever, so heed the rule not to exercise when you have a fever.

Asthma Flare-up?

If the flare-up was due to a respiratory infection, skip your workout for a few days and see a doctor if symptoms persist. Otherwise, if your doctor has said exercise is safe for you, and your asthma is well-controlled, it may be appropriate to work out. Be sure to start slowly and warm up for 10 minutes. Low-to-moderate intensity, intermittent exercise, or

If you have sore muscles….

 You can go to the gym, but make it a light-intensity workout, such as walking instead of running. It's also OK to skip your workout and rest, if the soreness is too severe. And if your muscles are super sore because you overdid it the last time you exercised, make a point of making your workouts more reasonable.

 

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Exactly What Does Exercise Do To the Brain December 07, 2016 12:08

Effect of exercise on brain health With aging, however, proteins called brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels fall. The decline is considered one reason brain function deteriorates in the elderly. Certain types of exercise, namely, aerobic exercises that get your heart pumping, are thought to counteract these drops and help restore youthful levels to better protect the aging brain and offset dementia.


Mild Exercise May Reduce Arthritis Pain, says study November 03, 2016 21:07

Arthritis is a clear sign of poor bone health that approaches primarily as one starts aging. It mainly affects the joints and people suffering from it complain of joint pain and stiffness. 

Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints.

There are medications and physiotherapy to avoid aches and pains related to the condition, but a new study has suggested that mild exercise could help reduce arthritis pain in the elderly.

The study says that, low-impact exercise program helps to decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life in older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions.

 

"Joints will often stiffen if not used and muscles will weaken if not exercised. Our bodies are meant to move, and inactivity leads to weakness and stiffness, and joints with arthritis often worsen with inactivity," said Theodore Fields, Managing Director of Rheumatology Faculty Practice Plan at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), US.

Participants performed chair and floor mat exercises using stretch bands and other gentle exercises. Chinese breathing techniques and meditation were also integrated into the program.

"The study results are consistent with the experience of rheumatologists and with prior studies showing that exercise, even of mild degree, helps with pain. Getting people up and moving does appear to help with mood, pain and overall functioning," Fields added.

The study was presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.


An Age Old Opinion on Exercise October 21, 2016 16:41

“All parts of the body if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed, and age slowly; but if unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly.” –            Hippocrates    

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Best Exercises for Functional Longevity October 21, 2016 15:42

Let’s face it.  Quantity without quality is no fun.  Quality without quantity is a ripoff. You really need both quality and quantity to get the most out of retirement years.  You need functional longevity.

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Grant Allows Sun Health to Give Scholarships to Seniors on Fixed Incomes October 03, 2016 09:50

“Research has shown that many chronic diseases can be prevented or managed more effectively by educating people how to eat better, exercise more, reduce their stress and take other actions to improve their health.”

Fall Prevention: Combating the Risks September 22, 2016 11:23

About 27,000, Americans over the age of 65 die each year from falls, says Kathleen Cameron, director of the National Falls Prevention Resource Center.

“That’s one every 19 minutes,” Cameron says. “It’s a major health problem."

With an aging population and increases in chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, injuries and death from falling will likely increase, Cameron says.

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Poststroke exercise – the benefits September 20, 2016 13:06

This review focuses on the benefits of both exercise and cognitive training for stroke patients.

Primarily, increased physical activity had several benefits for stroke patients including weight control, reduced risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and depression.

The authors identified two types of exercise used in post-stroke training; aerobic exercise (AE) to improve cardiovascular fitness and resistance exercise (RE) to improve muscle strength.

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Is Yoga for Seniors? September 19, 2016 10:17

If the yoga sessions accommodate personal physical limitations, there's no reason a senior can't start this 4,000-year-old practice. It's a good idea to find out exactly what you'll be doing in your yoga class and discuss it with your doctor first.

Yoga has been shown to help alleviate many of the health problems faced by older adults. In fact, the many benefits of yoga are supposed to combat the aging process.

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May is National Senior Health and Fitness Month! May 02, 2016 17:01

May is National Senior Health and Fitness Month!
Spring has sprung...it's time for older Americans to get moving. Ask your local communities for a calendar of events that will serve your health & fitness goals.

May 25, 2016 is National Senior Health and Fitness Day. It's a great time to improve the quality of your life....you could be around awhile!


Research underscores importance of moderate to intensive exercise in healthy aging March 28, 2016 15:47

A latest research has suggested that elderly individuals who take part in strenuous exercise, are mentally agile, possess better memory function and process information quickly when compared to their sedentary peers.