Healthy Lifestyle: Exercising without the Gym is not Difficult

Healthy Lifestyle: Exercising without the Gym is not Difficult

This good advice is constantly thrown at you: make sure you exercise. At least half an hour a day. Tom and I say it regularly on this website as well. Exercising is good for your health, for your brain and for your overall well-being.

If you only link exercising to ‘the gym’, this message can overwhelm you. Because do you want to be at the gym every day? Or do you even have a gym in your surroundings?

But it’s not that hard. Exercising without the gym is a piece of cake. Really. Even if you are housebound, like during a lockdown because of the virus.

You don’t have to exhaust yourself to the point of collapse. Just make sure to make a move that you are already doing with a little more force or effort. Until the moment when talking becomes difficult because of the panting.

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Live Longer, Get your Body on the Move

Live Longer, Get your Body on the Move

Get your body on the move. It’s as if the older we get, the more we sit on the couch. Reading, watching TV, falling asleep. This attitude is addictive. More and more the body likes to sit on the couch

As with most addictions, it’s very hard to get rid of it. Prevention is actually the best way to try to avoid this risk. And yes, this means you have to change. And your body will disagree. 

When you start simple with one move or exercise and always reward yourself with some relaxation afterwards, you will notice that it will get easier in due time. This article gives a variety of suggestions that will support your efforts to get on the move. 

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Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Dangers of Sitting too Long and too Much?

Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Dangers of Sitting too Long and too Much?

We don’t have to make an effort for 2 of the – probably most – deadly factors for an aging person: sitting too long and loneliness. I wrote about turning loneliness actively around in How to make friends when you are older? And this article is about the dangers of sitting too long and how to prevent it.

Ever since I have my Oura ring I am aware of how much I spend my time sitting. Even though I consider myself an active person. Originally I bought the ring to give me insights in my sleep, but the ring collects a lot more data. Not just my active time, but also the inactive time.

Before wearing my ring I would have guessed my sitting time is about 8 hours a day. All the statistics say that is a healthy maximum. It turned out my average was an awful between 12 to 13 hours!

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Why study late in life is worthwhile considering

Why study late in life is worthwhile considering

To study late in life comes with an enormous amount of advantages. See it as a kind of exercise. It keeps your brain fit. And don’t worry about your brain, it’s stronger than you might think.

Both Hannie and I never stopped educating ourselves. We probably will be studying as long as we can read and listen. Lately I have been picking up my old love for literature again, more specifically for poetry. This gives me much pleasure. 

However, the question is why you should study late in life. Of course, because to study gives pleasure. Yet there is more to this question that meets the eye.

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How fall-proof are you?

How fall-proof are you?

To stay fall-proof is a major challenge. The older we get, the more we’re at risk. Yet, falls are something where prevention pays off the most. Falls prevention also agrees with many of the suggestions we do at AGEwithCARE.

If you take care of your overall health, your chances to fall will decrease. Moreover, prevention of falls makes a lot of sense for everybody.

Invest in yourself

The best news is that you can actually prevent most falls yourself. If there is any profitable investment in your overall physical self, it’s fall prevention. In this blog you’ll find many recommendations.

You can use this blog as a list to check how fall proof you already are. If you think it’s wise to make some changes, or it’s all new for you, try to take small steps at a time.

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Our mobility defines our quality of life

Our mobility defines our quality of life

The importance of mobility is demonstrated by the enormous leap the quality of life of older people took over the last 20 years. This improvement is predominantly attributed to a denser public transport, cheaper cars, scootmobiles, rollators, improved electric wheelchairs, taxis-to-share and the like. 

Our quality of life is defined by our mobility. That sounds a bit odd from someone who spent a substantial part of his life in traffic jams and overcrowded trains. But there is another side of the coin. Another type of mobility that is even more important.

Adequate mobility is critical to a satisfactory old age. Although, satisfactory is not by definition healthy. Our mobility also depends on our physical condition. And a good physical condition is the result of an active life. If you want to stay mobile, stay active. If you want to stay active, stay mobile.

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Digital health

Digital health

Digital health has seriously taken off during the past few years. But what is digital health? No computer, as yet, has been able to cure any ailments. Is digital health perhaps about those cute little digital dogs, called Aibo? They keep you company when you’re lonely.

Or is digital health about those numerous digital health-training programs for medical staff? Or the advanced computer storage and processing devices, without which no nurse or doctor would be able to perform their job. Even more complicated are surgical robots.

However, the digital headlines have most severely been hit by the speedy rise and vast amount of consumer digital health supporting systems. These systems fall in the category assistive technologies, about which I’ve written already very briefly. 

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Exercise over 60: living a healthy lifestyle

Exercise over 60: living a healthy lifestyle

2020 didn’t start exactly perfect for me. First on January 1 I fell during our walk, then a couple of days later a severe kind of flu attacked me. I managed to do a Facebook Live, fully convinced my old trick was helping me, and collapsed into bed for 2 weeks. 

This trick, that has helped me for years, is a mantra I start thinking quietly or out loud as soon as I am meeting someone who is ill: “I am healthy, I am healthy…”

Although living a healthy lifestyle counts for something as well, don’t you think?

Someone remarked “Well, so much for your healthy lifestyle”. And of course I was disappointed, feeling miserable and cloudy. Yet, I am still optimistic. Because I compare my life nowadays and my sick days, with when I was younger. Back then I was ill almost all the time.

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A great way to beat depression

Walking even when it's difficult

Depression is a huge problem in nowadays society. Both young and old can suffer an overwhelming sense of helplessness and anxiety. 

If you are a cynic you could say people just have too much time to worry. A remark that doesn’t help anybody, nor is it true in my opinion.

This article explains why exercise is a great way to beat depression. Other articles like Why you have to allow yourself to experience your emotions and Being grateful everyday pays off approach the subject from a different angle.

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Strength training to prevent falls in 60-plussers

Unfortunately, aging people believe they are going to hurt themselves if they start lifting weights. That’s not true! According to WebMD experts, one of the best decisions anybody can make is to start building lean muscle, even at age 60 or 70!

Strength training does not only helps you to increase your metabolism and burn fat. It also decreases the risk of serious injury because it strengthens your bones, your body, and your muscles, it helps to deter disease, to increase bone mass, and to make you feel confident and happy in your body and life.

If you are immobile, like in a wheelchair or bed, you can still increase your muscle strength with a modified exercise routine. Even if you use cans of soup for strengthening your biceps it’s better than nothing! 

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