Living to 100 is increasingly common for Americans: In 2014, the U.S. had 44 percent more centenarians than it did in 2000, according to Smithsonian Magazine. If you want to join them, there are a few lifestyle tweaks you can make today that may help you get there.
In a new video from Asapscience, a narrator lists habits that have been associated with longevity, like exercising often, sleeping enough and cooking at home instead of getting takeout. Read More
Many older adults are turning to complementary and integrative health approaches to promote health and well-being. Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits. A number of reviews of the scientific literature point to the potential benefit of mind and body approaches for symptom management, particularly for pain. Check out what the science says about mind and body practices for these 4 common aging-related conditions:
Osteoarthritis. Practicing tai chi—a traditional Chinese form of exercise—may be helpful for managing osteoarthritis of the knee. Guidelines issued by the American College of Rheumatology conditionally recommend tai chi, along with other non-drug approaches, for this condition. Read More
Cable machines can give you one of the best all-over workouts in the world. You can go at your own pace and push yourself to your own max because it’s all about bodyweight with the pulleys.
One of the greatest things about cable exercises is the work on your core. You’ll soon develop the strength and each week the cable exercises seem to get easier and easier.
But you need to do the right exercises to get that quick full body workout. It’s very common to find yourself at a loss at first. So, when you find pulleys that you can use, make sure you opt for these top 10 cable exercises for your overall body workout experience.
Start with the Cable Squat
The first exercise to do has to be the cable squat. The best thing about this is that the cable can help you improve the depth of the squats that you perform because the pulley helps with your balance and your core strength.
Grab the pulley in both hands and stand a good distance away, so you have more room to pull the cable. Do a regular squat with your feet shoulder-width apart. Focus on keeping your back straight and avoiding your knees from going over your toes.
As you squat down, pull the cable towards you with both hands, keeping your elbows tucked into your side. You’re doing a bicep curl while you bend down. As you stand up, straighten your arms gently.
Repeat this exercise 10 times with a 30-second break in between. Do three repetitions of the exercise to feel the burn in your muscles really. Read More
A well-balanced diet full of essential nutrients can help support a healthy life. However, people with deficiencies, certain diseases and conditions, or with evolving nutritional needs at different stages of life may consider dietary supplements to add missing nutrients to their diets. Supplements are not regulated as strictly as drugs by the FDA, and headlines on nutritional recommendations seem to change from day to day. Watch this film for tips on a healthy diet, how to safely turn to supplements, and how to be a well-educated consumer.
“Hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms of menopause, can range from simply bothersome to frankly debilitating. Conventional medical approaches can offer some relief, but many women seek out complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies to help relieve hot flashes. What CAM treatments might be effective? Are they safe? Watch this video to learn how you can better take control of hot flashes using select CAM therapies.” – Health + Healing Editor