Inspiration from Down Under: Conversation with Richard Bowie

Today I have a great guest, Richard Bowie. Richard emailed me about his challenges living with a cerebral hemorrhage in 2001, which resulted in a near death experience, brain damage, and frequent falls due to balance loss. I wanted to speak to Rick about how he has handled this very difficult event in his life. Here is our conversation. Richard Bowie (aka “Rick”) I live on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. I am interested in Health and Fitness (especially recovery and rehabilitation); and assisting others as they move through life’s transitions (health/sickness, bereavement, moving house and home, redundancy and retirement); I am a qualified Personal Life Coach, and help others to develop Personal Life Skills useful for travelling through life; and Spiritual Coaching – developing the “art of making connections” with themselves and those around, with the environment, with life, and with “the Other”. I have had a varied working career, from labouring, through advertising, to teaching and lecturing in pastoral care and offering personal life coaching. I was awaqrded a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate in 1995. I retired from active ministry as an Episcopal Parish Priest in 2001 as a result of a devastating cerebral haemorrhage. Throughout my career, I have relied on refined listening skills to hear and understand the goals and aspirations of many who sought my advice, assisting them with creating a powerful strategies for achieving...

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How to Exercise More With Less Time: Interval Training For Seniors

Today we’re going to  look at endurance. As you know endurance is part of the four pillars of senior fitness.  And that includes strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Endurance is one of the areas that’s frequently overlooked by seniors. This is because as a senior we mostly need strength and balance if we want to be independent. We generally don’t think of our heart and lungs unless we have a chronic condition like COPD or asthma. Endurance training is important because this is how we strengthen our heart and lungs. Endurance training improves the ability of our heart to...

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Benefits of Exercise : Why You Need to Exercise Consistently

In today’s post I use some props to demonstrate the benefits of exercise. As I have said many times on eldergym.com, and in many email questions, we must be consistent with exercise or the benefits will eventually disappear. How is that possible? Watch this video and I will explain everything. Here are all the benefits of exercise that I mention in this video: Increased flexibility and range of motion Increased balance and coordination Increased aerobic endurance Better sleep Better brain and cognitive function Increased resistance to disease Better fat to lean body composition Better Posture Helps fight osteoporosis Improved...

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Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease With Patrick LoSasso

Patrick LoSasso, CSCS*D, is a trainer and an internationally recognized authority on Parkinson’s exercise. He consults with medical professionals and trainers, sharing his unique and evidence based methods to improve health and function for people living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. A trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, Patrick integrates secretly held techniques used by top athletic trainers and coaches to prepare their elite athletes for competition, and applies these principles to his rehabilitative exercise program for Parkinson’s Disease.   Patrick’s brand of exercise is titled SmartXPD, an acronym: Strength, Mobility, Agility, Reaction, Technique, eXercise, representing just...

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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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Super Senior Heart Smoothie

Today I wanted to share with you my morning routine which most days consists of a healthy smoothie. I like to call it my super senior heart smoothie. Now this is not a meal replacement. You should always have a balanced meal plan including plenty of fruits and vegetables. I have a hard time keeping weight on and use this smoothie not only to add some protein and good fat to my diet but also some heart friendly supplementation. It is very important for seniors to take care of your heart. Certainly exercise is the best thing, but also...

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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...

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