NEW CLASS OFFERING – ACTIVE AGING FUNDAMENTALS

6- WEEK SESSION – STARTING SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, APRIL 25 or 26

Get stronger in ADL’s (activities of daily living) and come join us for a class that addresses the needs of active mature adults. Do you feel you could be doing more to stay strong and independent as you age, but are NOT looking for a boot camp style workout?  This fun hybrid class will have you building strength in functional ways, improving your balance and agility, and even hone in on your cognition with some fun brain games.  Pre-class fitness assessment is included. This class is intended for people who do not have major orthopedic issues, although modifications will be made for those with minor limitations. Min/Max 5 particpants. Prerequisite:  Fitness Assessment (included) and medical clearance. This class will be taught by Bev Pines, CPT.  Cost is $96 for the 6-week session ($16/class)

 LET US KNOW WHAT DAY AND TIME YOU PREFER: Saturday at 12:30pm or Sunday at 11:30am.  Whatever the majority want will determine which day the class will meet.

DON’T FALL FOR FOOD MARKETING HYPES

It can be very confusing to read labels on any food these days. Trying to determine if it is healthy, safe, or even contains what you wanted in the first place, can be a challenge.

Food marketers can legally use a wide assortment of words, symbols and health claims to make a product with questionable nutritional value seem nourishing. It’s almost impossible to identify every one of these marketing hypes. Instead, experts from IDEA Fitness Journal recommend these broad principles as practical solutions to avoid buying potentially non-healthy food items:

Beware the hype. Anything “healthful” that you see on the front of a food package puts you more at risk of overeating and of misjudging the true healthfulness of the product. We’ve found that the least-healthy products tend to have the most nutrition claims on the front.

Read the back. Consumers should ignore the nutrition claims on the front of product packages and read the Nutrition Facts panel and ingredient list on the back instead.

Anticipate hyperbole. Many health claims on package fronts are exaggerated and/or based on circumstantial inferences—not hard science.

Eat whole foods as often as possible. Choose foods from nature in their whole state.

There are two important things to look for: the ‘USDA Organic’ seal, and the ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ seal. These are the two terms that hold the most legitimacy. These two are the hardest to get around by food manufacturers. They are not perfect, but they are the best we have today.

EAT MORE BUGS FOR LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE  (from IDEA Fitness Journal, April 2015)

Every day there seems to be a new study heralding the work done by the billions of microorganisms in our guts. Probiotics, the live organisms (naturally occurring bacteria) in your body, are working overtime to keep us healthy, and now—according to recent research published in the AHA journal Hypertension (July 21, 2014)— it seems they could play a role in keeping our blood pressure in check.

“The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics can be part of a healthy lifestyle to help reduce high blood pressure, as well as maintain healthy blood pressure levels,” said Jing Sun, PhD, lead author and senior lecturer at the Griffith Health Institute and School of Medicine, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. “This includes probiotics in yogurt, fermented and sour milk and cheese, and probiotic supplements.”

After analyzing the results of nine studies examining blood pressure and probiotic consumption in 543 adults with normal and elevated blood pressure, researchers concluded that probiotics may help lower blood pressure by having other positive effects on health, including improving total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol; reducing blood glucose and insulin resistance; and helping to regulate the hormone system that controls blood pressure and fluid balance.

THREE QUESTIONS ON DEMENTIA     (From Idea Fitness Journal, Feb. 2015)

  1. What Is Dementia? Dementia is the loss of mental abilities over time. It is often severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to perform daily activities. People with dementia may have trouble learning new things and remembering names, and may have changes in behavior. They may experience irritation if they fail to complete a task.
  2. Can Exercise Reduce the Effects of Dementia? A growing body of research shows that cardiovascular exercise may help delay the loss of functional independence and dementia. Researchers found that the brain’s cognitive networks display improved functionality after 6–12 months of consistent cardiovascular exercise.
  3. How Much Exercise Is Needed to Attain These Neuroprotective Effects on Dementia? The exercise parameters suggest that approximately 150 minutes per week of cardiovascular exercise in 20 to 30-minute bouts at an intensity of 60% of heart rate maximum is sufficient. (Ahiskog et al. 2011).