Getting enough sleep is one of the most important components of overall health and well-being, especially for older women. Unfortunately, as we age, our sleep patterns often become more irregular. We might find ourselves getting tired earlier, waking up earlier, or sleeping less deeply than before.
This is not just a matter of inconvenience. As I learned from my conversation with author and molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, sleep is one of the most important things for the aging brain. But, what can we do about it?
Many women are trying to lose weight after 60. Unfortunately, with nature playing tricks on our metabolisms, it feels like we have to work twice as hard to move those pounds. Most of us have found out that diets don’t work and green tea, despite its many health benefits, won’t shrink you two dress sizes. There has to be an alternative! And, in fact, there is. Unfortunately, since businesses haven’t found a way to make money from common sense, you won’t hear about it in any TV commercials.
The solution is to get back to basics. Instead of following the weight-loss trends, why not make small, gradual lifestyle changes that contribute to fewer calories consumed and more calories burned? Furthermore, instead of trying to be disciplined, why not make simple changes to your environment that help you to get in shape without even trying?
It’s easy to feel confused by all the healthy aging advice out there. Wine is good for you. Wine is bad for you. Take calcium supplements. Don’t take calcium supplements. At times, it seems like the “experts” really don’t know what they’re talking about. I can’t solve any of these debates. But, I can give you a few simple things that you can do to stay healthy after 60.
Each time I begin a new yoga for seniors class, I tell my students that the first thing we’re going to practice is breathing. Students usually laugh when I say this. After all, breathing is something all of us literally do in our sleep.
Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee next time you have a low energy day, try doing some energizing yoga for seniors. We’ve selected four yoga poses which help dispel fatigue. After performing one or more of these, you’ll feel revved up and ready for the next part of your day.
Since many people first encounter yoga at health clubs, many of us associate it solely with fitness and exercise. However, yoga has long been known in India as a healing practice which benefits people of all ages.
Research on dementia and Alzheimer’s prevention is just getting started. Even though these diseases affect millions of people around the world, in terms of prevention and treatment, we still are on a journey of discovery.
Pleasure is not normally a word that we associate with exercise. When I started my Pilates class a few weeks ago, I came away smiling after an hour of gentle and mindful stretching to soft music. I had a sense that, for me personally, I had found a workout regime that was right for my body. So it does not surprise me that Pilates has become one of the most popular exercises for older women.
Many of us are taking classes to build strength, reduce back pain, lose weight, or to improve coordination and balance. It has some similarities to yoga because it focuses on principles related to concentration, control and centering of the body.