Bicycling Down Memory Lane

Bicycling Down Memory Lane

Many adults only remember riding a bike. They gave it up as they became older. Adults can and should take advantage of bicycle riding to get some exercise. Older folks may want to ride the large tricycle with a basket on the front. I remember my first bike. It was blue with a bell attached to the handlebars and when you worked the little tab back and forth with your thumb, you would hear a tinny ring. All the kids in my neighborhood had bikes,...

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Aerobic Exercise for Weight Loss

Aerobic Exercise for Weight Loss

What is Aerobic Exercise? The word aerobic literally means "with oxygen" or "in the presence of oxygen". Aerobic exercise is any activity that: Uses large muscle groups that can be maintained continuously for a long period of time, Rhythmic in nature. Utilize oxygen as the major fuel for sustaining activity for relatively long periods. In general, aerobic exercises are those activities that require large muscle work, elevate the heart rate to...

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Don’t Skip the Squash!

Don’t Skip the Squash!

It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling from the trees, there’s pumpkin spice everything, and the ubiquitous candy displays are doing nothing for your diet. But there’s one colorful display that you probably pass right on by with your shopping cart—squash! Whenever I ask people about winter squash, they inevitably reply with something along the lines of “those pretty fall decorations?” Well, sort of . . . but not what I was going for....

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

There are several simple ways to improve your gut health. In this article, we'll cover plant-based antioxidants, exercise, and red wine. All are proven ways to increase the number of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. You can also use fermented foods and increase your intake of fiber. For further reading, click the links below. To start improving your gut health today, follow these steps: Fermented foods Researchers have shown that...

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Top 5 Effective Ways to Reduce Back Pain

Top 5 Effective Ways to Reduce Back Pain

The first step to reducing your back pain is to avoid causing it. There are many different types of postures you can do to ease your back pain. The cobra pose involves lying on your side with your arms by your shoulders and lifting your chest to the ceiling. Other stretches that will help you feel better to include the cat-cow pose, which involves alternating an arching back and dipping it toward the floor. The child's pose requires you to sit...

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Learning to Relax

Learning to Relax

Have you ever encountered a friend or family member who tells you to just relax? Don’t you just love that? Telling someone to just relax is like telling someone who is allergic to just stop being allergic. Some of us are more nervous than others and it is just a part of our genetic makeup. However, we certainly do not have to be stuck in that way of being; we can change our focus and perception and truly learn how to relax. For some of us,...

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