Dr. John Medina has a passion for unlocking the mysteries of the aging brain. He is a developmental molecular biologist and the author of a New York Times best-selling book called Brain Rules.
Strong, healthy bones allow us to remain active and to do all of the things we dream about in our 60s and beyond. As we age, our desire to experience the world doesn’t decrease. We want to travel, spend time in the garden, socialize and have fun with our hobbies. Most of all, we want to stay independent.
Women over 60 today can expect to live longer than any previous generation. Not only are we better educated about how to stay healthy, but, advancements in medicine are also giving us a longevity boost.
If you have been postponing trying yoga for seniors because you lack the correct equipment, that excuse is about to crumble. Mats, blankets, blocks and straps can make nice additions to yoga practice, but they aren’t strictly necessary. All you need for the following yoga poses is your breath, a willingness to move and a smooth wall. Here are a few easy yoga poses you can do at home.
You say “to-may-toes” while I say “to-mah-toes.” Whichever way you say it though, it appears that older women should consider eating lots of them to help prevent breast cancer. I hope this gives you one more thing to discuss with your doctor as a part of your own personal cancer prevention plan.
The evidence is in! Sitting down for long periods of time is not good for us. Many previous studies have shown that a lack of regular physical activity in old age can significantly increase our chances of developing heart disease, osteoporosis and other chronic illnesses. Of course, as we age, we tend to move less, sometimes due to injury or illness. But, this can’t be the whole story.
A recent report by the UK Office for National Statistics validates concerns over the amount of alcohol being consumed by older people. It turns out that, while under-25s are still the heaviest drinkers, the retired community drinks more often. In fact, the report found that one in seven women over 65 consumes alcohol at least five days a week, compared to just one in 50 women aged from 16 to 24.
You are probably endangering your health even as you read this article. No, we’re not talking about whatever food or beverage you may be consuming.
While eating right is certainly important to achieving wellness, there’s another equally important factor that is rarely mentioned in the news: where and how you sit.
If, like many women our age, you are having trouble sleeping at night, yoga for insomnia may be just the ticket! Not only can the breathing exercises help you to relax, but, the poses can remove many of the aches and pains that keep you awake at night.