Mind Body Soul
August, 2021 - Issue #202
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Make a Splash with your Workouts During the warmer months, there's nothing better than a workout in the water so you can stay cool while burning calories. Exercising in water is also a great strength builder while also being easier on the joints.
Warm Up by Walking in the Water
Start in waist-deep water, keep your feet flat on the ground and avoid walking on your tiptoes. Engage your core while standing up straight and add in arm movements for extra resistance.
Lateral Arm Lifts
If you have water dumbbells, you can use them on this exercise for added resistance. Start in shoulder-height water with your water dumbbells at your side. Raise your arms to the side until they're even with your shoulders. Lower them back down and repeat eight to 10 times with three to four repetitions.
Jumping Jacks
Water jumping jacks are a great cardio workout and are easier on the joints in the pool rather than on land. Do this workout in chest-level water.
High Knee Lift Extensions
Stand in water at waist height and engage your core as you lift your right leg, bending your knee until your leg is level with the water. Stay in that position with your leg lifted for a few seconds, and then extend your leg straight out and hold this position for a few seconds. Slowly lower your leg down, keeping it straight and repeat with your other leg. Try and do this for five to eight minutes.
Leg Kicks
This is a great workout for your core and legs. Hold onto the pool ledge or a kickboard and flutter kick your legs back and forth.
At Gold's Gym, you can sign up for a free pass to try out these water workouts for yourself. Gold's Gym 288-1818
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Generally speaking, men have an undeserved reputation for being reluctant to go to the doctor. In a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, 72 percent of respondents said they would rather do household chores than visit their doctor. 65 percent of respondents said they prefer to put off going to the doctor as long as possible. When they do go to the doctor, 20 percent reported that they aren't completely honest with their physician.
Fear is often the underlying factor as to why most men skip their annual physical. However, avoiding regular appointments and withholding the truth only puts men at risk.
While it's important for men of all ages to regularly visit their physician, it's even more vital as men age. Chronic disease affects approximately 75 percent of senior men. Early detection is key to slowing the progression of common chronic diseases.
Top Health Concerns for Older Men
The number-one cause of death for men is heart disease. Men generally develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women, putting them at risk for death in the prime of their life. The second leading cause of death among older men is cancer; specifically, lung cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. Type 2 diabetes is also a concern for older men. If left unchecked, it could lead to additional chronic diseases, including stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and amputations.
Mental Health Conditions Affect Men, Too
Mental health conditions are also a concern for older men, especially since men are more likely to push their feelings aside rather than talk about them. These conditions affect men differently than women and men are less likely than women to seek treatment. Some of the most prevalent mental health conditions among older men are depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Men need to be aware of their mental health and learn to communicate their feelings to a trusted family member or friend, as well as their physician.
Prevention is Key
The good news is that it's never too late to start taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle. Preventative steps older men should take to lower their risk for chronic disease include eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising. Other steps include scheduling regular doctor appointments, quitting smoking, checking cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure.
Visiting Angels of Santa Clarita understands the challenges many seniors face as they age and recognizes that finding the best in home supportive services is essential. Their senior care providers understand the importance of providing care with dignity and respect.
Visiting Angels of Santa Clarita 263-2273
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