Chemotherapy and Leg Weakness

Hiya, could do with a bit of help! My mum is currently going through chemotherapy and has dvt, she’s having daily injections for blood thinning (one they’ve said she’ll have to have for life!) Her legs have swollen and are back to normal but her thighs are still heavy. This is the only thing keeping her housebound, weakness in legs. She wants to build up the strength in her legs, what exercises can she do? Chemotherapy can attack good cells Yes, chemotherapy is pretty much like drinking poison. It can attack the good cells as well as the cancer...

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Dick Curtis and Mary Tyler Moore

In memory of Mary Tyler Moore passing away January 25th, I had to post my great encounter with Dick Curtis last year. He is well-known for his appearance on The Dick Van Dyke show where Laura blurts out an embarrassing secret on a national television quiz show. Dick is the owner of one of my favorite places to stay in Sedona Arizona, the Baby Quail Inn. Dick was gracious to let us video in his breakfast room and talk about his beginning in show business, and his running career. My wife filmed on her iphone and you will see signed photos...

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Vital exercises for those with limited mobility

In today’s world of health conscious celebrities and fitness personalities, we may overlook a very large part of our world that lives with limited mobility. Individuals with limited mobility may include seniors, disabled adults, and those with chronic medical conditions. These people can be very close to us, including our siblings, our parents, grandparents, and relatives. How can these very special individuals build and maintain their muscle mass, increase range of motion, and improve coordination?  How can they keep their independence, enjoy their hobbies, and be a positive influence for others? The answer is exercise.  The National Institute on...

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My Golden Rule for Senior Athletes

72 yo male in very good aerobic shape (swimmer)… I started weight lifting to maintain strength. I started with enough weight in each exercise to just make a set of 10 reps. Ended up with generalized soreness and achy feeling all over. What is the proper way to back off enough to avoid the negative after effects while still getting some benefit from the lifting routine? –Terry   The first thing I like to get out of the way when speaking with seniors that exercise is to consider yourself an athlete. What? I am 75 years old! How can...

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Best Exercise to Stay Fit into your 80’s

Hi! Thank you for your site and information. My father is 85 years old and is having difficulty with circulation (resulting in swollen legs), bone on bone knee issues/arthritis, weakness/shakiness when walking and occasional dizziness. His arm muscles are getting smaller – he was always a healthy strapping man he had bypass surgery several years ago and is on no drugs except Coumadin. What type of exercises and advice can you recommend that would help him gain arm strength and leg strength considering knee pain and stiffness is a problem. He uses a rollator and the only place he...

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Exercise for Seniors After Heart Surgery

This week Sheldon asks, “hi, what kind of exercises can the elderly perform to improve their heart conditions after heart surgery or with PAD?” Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and there are over 500,000 coronary bypass procedures every year.  I see many seniors after open heart surgery, including bypass surgery and valve repair or replacement surgery. That is why exercise for seniors after heart surgery is so important. By far the biggest complaint of these seniors is just how much fatigue and weakness they feel.  Heart surgery is a huge trauma to your body....

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Leg Strengthening Exercise for Seniors – Forward Lunge

One of my favorite leg strengthening exercises for seniors has to be the lunge. In this exercise, simply stand with feet at hip width at the side of your kitchen chair, lightly resting one hand on the backrest. Take a comfortable step forward with your right leg, bend your right knee a little, then return to standing position. Repeat this 10 times with your right leg. Then step over the the left side of the chair and repeat 10 lunges on your left leg. Keep breathing during your exercise. Don’t step too far as this may cause your knee...

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Muscle Stiffness After Exercise

Today we have a great question from Sue Mitchel on muscle stiffness and what to do about it. Thanks for the great question. It reminds me of my somewhat comical and dry response when I see children playing, rolling on the ground, and doing cartwheels. I usually say, “Wow, look what you can do when your body is all cartilage.” …Ahh, to be young again! So what is muscle stiffness? Muscle stiffness is certainly an issue with all exercisers, but becomes especially noticeable as we age. Our muscles tend to lose elasticity over the years mostly due to increased...

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Back and Leg Stretch for Seniors

Are you tight in your low and mid back, and at the same time in your hamstrings? We are often very stiff in this area, especially in the morning. The stretch you are about to learn targets both of these areas at once and is actually quite easy to do. First, stand facing your kitchen chair with your feet together about 12 inches from the chair. Then, keeping your legs straight, lean forward from the hips and place both hands on the seat of the chair. Breath in, then as you exhale, arch your back. Feel the stretch in...

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Leg Strengthening for Seniors – Knee Extension

One of the easiest and helpful leg strengthening exercises for seniors is the knee extension. This exercise can be performed in any chair. Simply sit comfortably back in the seat so that your thighs are supported. Extend your right leg 10 times, then your left leg 10 times. To get the most out of your exercise, try counting 2 seconds up and 4 seconds down. Remember to keep breathing and not hold your...

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