Best Home Machine Exercises

“What is the best/safest way to use my home gym machine for strength, range of motion, cardio, etc?” For seniors and the elderly who want to workout at home on their own, a compact, multi-function weight machine is a good choice. They are excellent for building up your overall strength and endurance, while being fairly […]

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Spinal Fusion

“I had a spinal fusion 3 years ago. I also went to P.T. right after it and again later on. The doctor feels that bone spurs are causing the pain and has started giving me epidurals to lesson the pain. What exercises do you recommend for me. Thank you for any help you can give […]

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Stomach Exercises

“Are there any exercise videos to get my protruding stomach in check? Also,I am overweight. I have vowed to start exercises for the last part of my life’s journey (AGE 52) .I REALLY LOVE THIS SITE IT’S GREAT FOR MY BODY WHICH IS VERRRY MUCH OUT OF SHAPE. I AM EVEN TRYING TO LEARN TO […]

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Walking is good for you

“Is it necessary to improve walking endurance in the elderly?” Thank you for the question. One of the common reasons people are referred to Physical Therapy is for decreased endurance and fatigue. This fatigue is usually most noticed when the elderly are walking. They will begin having trouble keeping up with their friends and family […]

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Weak Arms

“I am a very very active 77 year old. I do all my own housework, tend quite a large garden & have a dog that needs daily exercise. In fact I am more active now than when I was working. Noticed my arms are looking wrinkly & want to deal with this. Can you help […]

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Pain with Exercise

“Why do I have pain and weakness after doing exercises that my Therapist gave me. I do these exercises about 1/2 hr a day.” Thanks for the question Millie. This is a very common question that seniors ask when they begin a new exercise program. When the body begins activity it is not accustomed to […]

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How Much Weight Should I Use

“I have been working on arms and legs with weights. I increased my ankle weights from 2 lb. to 4 lb. Yesterday my upper leg muscles began to ache. Do I go back to the 2 lb or do something else?” “Listen to your body” is the first thing we should think of when we […]

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how to increase workout intensity

“As a regular exerciser for many years (three times a week at a fitness center, an hour each time), should I increase or decrease the weights, reps, etc.? I am a 74 year old male, 6’2″, weigh 208” Congratulations on making exercise part of your lifestyle! It all depends on your goal. Generally we want […]

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Best use of home gym machines for seniors

What is the best/safest way to use my home gym machine for strength, range of motion, cardio, etc? by Bob (Charlotte NC) Thanks Bob for your great question. For seniors and the elderly who want to workout at home on their own, a compact, multi-function weight machine is a good choice. They are excellent for […]

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Exercise ROM After a Stroke For The Elderly

I am going to work with a woman, in her 60’s, who had a stroke, effecting her left side, mostly arm & hand, with ability to ambulate. Independent movement of left side is minimal, so I am considering some basic ROM of both sides for starter, with some basic chair exercises and strength/flexibility, etc. Are […]

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