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Healthy Families

December 22, 2018

Stay Healthy As A Family

The holidays are here! We’re setting goals and resolutions for the new year, and spending more time with friends & family.  As we reconnect with parents & grandparents, one concern many of my clients have expressed is how they can help older loved ones stay in their own homes for as long as possible.  Normally, people think of things like removing clutter or extension cords they could fall on, finding top notch doctors, and getting insurance in order. These things are important! But fitness is also part of the solution.  While most people think Fitness = Weight Loss, for older family members, fitness can mean so much more:

Muscle can make it easier to:

  • Stand up from low chairs at restaurants and theaters
  • Lift heavy bags of cat or dog food
  • Climb stairs

Balance can make it simpler to:

  • Cross the street
  • Minimize use of a cane
  • Go out to movies, dinners, church, synagogue, etc. in winter, even when it’s raining or snowing

Flexibility can make it more realistic to:

  • Get down to the floor to play with pets or grandkids
  • Reach for jars or clothing items on high shelves
  • Get into and out of cabs
Regardless if your older family members are here in NYC or scattered across the country, encourage them to explore personal trainers, yoga teachers, and small group fitness classes in their own homes and at local gyms.  Senior fitness isn’t just at senior centers anymore!
ACE & NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
President
On the Mend Customized Fitness and Massage

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