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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.


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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Episcopal Homes of Minnesota May 06, 2017 13:25

Episcopal Homes of Minnesota in Saint Paul! The residents there are using our Balance and Posture program. Apparently, the residents are also doing Chair Yoga with some little ones as part of their intergenerational programming.

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Why is Exercise and Physical Activity Important for Older Adults? May 05, 2017 10:40

If you’ve never exercised, or if you stopped exercising for some reason, you need not resign yourself to a sedentary (unhealthy) life. Programs like Stronger Seniors are designed just for you- to help you start slowly, and build up to a routine you will enjoy and stick with. 

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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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The Art Of Aging October 10, 2016 10:00

the Centre’s research shows a positive relationship between participation in the creative and performing arts and healthy aging. As a health promotion strategy, arts programs get a standing ovation. The physical and psychosocial benefits people gain include increased fitness, life satisfaction, and self-confidence.

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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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Lower back pain: Why you have it, how to relieve it June 09, 2016 15:46

Millions of elderly people have no idea that their lower back and leg pain is due to certain muscle groups. There are many possible causes of your back pain. Some sources are structural or related to nerve damage. You need a medical doctor trained in those disciplines for treatment.

Many people believe that their ‘lower back pain’ is caused by a problem in the ‘lower back.’ This is understandable because most movements in daily life require the spine to move. We move. We feel pain. Hence a problem with the back? Well, not necessarily.

A large percentage of lower back pain is related to poor physical conditioning and weak muscles in your gluteal complex, otherwise known as your “butt.” The movements of daily life require the spine to move: forward, backward, side to side and in rotation. When you walk, pick up groceries, golf, play tennis your spine flexes and rotates. When the spine rotates there should be accompanying rotational movement in your legs and hips to dissipate forces in the entire body. Think about your golf or tennis swing without leg movement. The same forces exist, to a lesser extent, when lifting your grandchild or opening a car door. Your body is a holistic unit.

A solution for back pain

If your spine is forced to accommodate all the stress of movement, you will eventually have back pain. The gluteal complex of muscles plays a major role in taking the stress off the spine, because this complex helps to control the torso, pelvis, hips and legs. When you bend forward to sit on a toilet or chair, your hips bend backward to counterbalance the forward motion of your body and help you stay upright. Your gluteal complex works to decelerate the flexions of your hips and counteract the downward pull of gravity and prevent your lumbar spine (lower back) from rounding forward. Sounds complex, but it isn’t. You do these hundreds of time each day.

Simply stated, a weak gluteal muscle complex does not support your spine and your daily movement as it should. If your spine will be stressed, you will develop back pain. But a strong gluteal complex (butt) will allow your body to function properly and without pain throughout your day, almost regardless of what you are doing.

One size does not fit all

There are many types of exercises to strengthen and loosen gluteal muscles. Specific exercises work on specific sets of muscles — one size does not fit all.

Let’s say you suffer from Piriformis Syndrome which is caused by a weak, inflamed or pinched piriformis muscle. Think ‘butt’ complex. It attaches the tailbone (sacrum) to the thigh bone (femur). It lies next to the sciatic nerve (the longest and thickest nerve in the body). A short, tight piriformis muscle can pinch the sciatic nerve. That can result is excruciating pain.

A simple solution is to stretch regularly. A great exercise for a short and tight piriformis muscle is the Yoga Pigeon pose. Just place a pad on the floor, lie on your back with knees bent, then cross the ankle or shin of one leg over the knee of the other at the knee (not critical). Then pull the non-bent leg toward your chest, stretching the piriformis muscle. People have been doing this stretch for thousands of years. They may not have known why, but they did know that they felt better after doing it.

Treat yourself

First of all, see your doctor if the source of your pain is structural or related to nerve damage. If she/he says the answer is to exercise and get stronger, then you may be on your way to the elimination of back pain for the rest of your life. There are scores of exercises for all sorts of aches and back pain.

Many of our clients tell us how effective chair yoga is. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking every back pain should be treated with pills or shots. These merely mask the pain and do not treat the problem. Heal thy self — with exercise.