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Balance – the sixth sense

Balance is the even distribution of your body weight, enabling you to remain upright and steady. Often, we don’t appreciate our balance until it deteriorates.

Maintaining good balance helps you to move more easily and is important for many common activities such as walking, and good balance helps prevent falls and injury. Factors that can affect your balance and proprioception include our muscle strength, previous injuries, your inner ear, and eyesight, all of which deteriorate as we age while our reflexes slow increasing our likelihood of falling.

Maintaining balance is an important strategy to sustaining your independence as you age. The good news is you can improve and rehabilitate your balance and proprioception.

This week’s blog will provide you with tips on improving balance, as well as some useful balance exercises, so you can move better. live better.

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How to achieve a great posture

Ever wonder what is at the heart of good posture, and how you get it? Poor posture can lead to muscle pain and fatigue, stress on your ligaments and joints, and can lead to arthritis. Good posture is reinforced by strong core stability, while stretching is an important practice that supports good posture. Read more to find out how you can avoid adverse positions, and some simple steps you can take to improve your posture. 

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Gardening and helping your knees

Gardening can be a physical activity involving a lot of bending and squatting. In previous posts we have talked about the issue of repeated bending and the impact of this on the lower back. To avoid problems occurring with the lower back it is recommended you squat rather than repeatedly bend. This is a great…

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Your flexible body:  not a stretch of the imagination?

When performed correctly, stretching can increase flexibility and range of motion around your joints, which can improve performance and reduce your risk of injury Static versus dynamic stretching There are two well recognized types of stretching – static and dynamic. Static stretching is the most common form of stretching.  Sometimes considered “old school,” it involves passive stretches held in place for a sustained period (10-30…

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Make time to move | Challenge 7

The best time to move is when you are NOT feeling motivated! The dust has settled, and social distancing is the “new normal.”  Therefore, if you are spending more time at home due to physical distancing and amended work routines, take this opportunity to introduce more movement in your life. If there has ever been an…

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Working from home – the new norm

Many of us have not worked at home for extended periods of time but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, this may be our new normal for the foreseeable future Currently, a significant percentage of the workforce is operating in makeshift conditions at home.  We find ourselves slouched for hours at the dining table,…

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More intentional physical activity needed at home | Challenge 6

A call to action: be more physically active! During this time of stay-at-home orders and physical distancing related to COVID-19, it’s increasingly obvious that we need to plan, schedule and participate in more exercise activity than the 150 mins/week  currently endorsed by international organizations.  Specifically, the frequency, duration and distances related to walking activities and…

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How to be Active at Home | Challenge 5

It’s time to hit the reset button. Confinement to our homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) has placed considerable constraints on our lives and suppressed our activity levels. Prolonged periods of inactivity can have dramatic and detrimental effects on your health. Research shows that people who are inactive are at a 17-25%…

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