Author: Doug Schrift

Improve Your Balance with Senior Balance Beam Exercises

Some of the reasons seniors fall is due to walking on what we call uneven terrain. This may be in your back yard stepping over a hose, or in your garage walking over the threshold at the door. It is important to be able to lift your feet and step over objects without losing your balance. Today we will go over some exercises geared to work on lifting your feet and stepping on a soft surface. Watch the video and follow along with the exercises. To make your own balance beam, take a blanket, fold it longways until you...

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How to Improve Your Balance With Ladder Drills

In today’s post, I’d like to show you how to improve your speed, agility, and balance using ladder drills. As with any balance exercise, they should focus on improving your ability to speed up, change directions, and react more quickly. These are controlled by three body systems. Your eyes, your vestibular system in your ears, and the sensation in your joints and the ability to sense where your feet, torso and arms are in space. As you try these ladder exercises, think about starting slowly until you have the general feel of the steps involved with the exercise. Then...

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How to Improve Your Balance With Hurdles

The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than men. Annually, falls are reported by one-third of all people over the age of 65. Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older. Are you worried about falling? Do you feel afraid you may fall when walking in public? At the store, or your church? One reason seniors fall is due to not lifting the feet when stepping. When seniors fail to lift their feet when stepping, often...

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Strength training helps older adults live longer

Have you noticed that your strength is not what it used to be? Getting out of that chair, going up those stairs, lifting up the dog for a kiss. As we age, muscles just become less efficient. I was quoted last month in an article by Erin Arvedlund in the Philadelphia Enquirer about strength training for seniors. She asked what I thought of a new study by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this study researchers found, “Older adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 percent lower odds of death for any reason than...

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Tim Caso: Weight Training for Older Guys

Tim Caso has more than four decades of weight training and competitive weight lifting experience. He has represented the United States in International Olympic Lifting Competition, and was the weight lifting coach for a New Jersey High School. He is proud to say that his training partner and two of his fellow lifting teammates were members of the U.S. Olympic Weight Lifting Team. Tim currently teaches Olympic Lifting at various Crossfit gyms throughout the Philadelphia region. Weight Training for Old Guys...

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