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Kathy's Korner!, Issue #002 - What's the Key to Aging Well?
January 15, 2015
Welcome to the second issue of Kathy's Korner!
I'm excited that you have chosen to follow my newsletter. You can expect to find fun, interesting information here that will hopefully help you on your journey to a healthier life!
I'm Kathy McAlpine Terpstra and I own a private wellness studio in beautiful Prince Edward County, Canada.
Most of my clients are baby boomers between the ages of 50-85. It makes sense that as we age, we want to keep doing the things that make us happy - travel, gardening, playing golf, boating, sports - you name it!
As your wellness coach, I'm going to suggest that there 5 things that are imperative to aging well.
Today I'm going to focus only on the 3 physical aspects: strong muscles, balance & flexibility.
Strength, Balance & Flexibility
It is a well-known fact that as we age, we lose muscle strength, flexibility, balance and range of motion.
We adjust our surroundings to accommodate this and make life easier. Such as not putting something on the top shelf in the kitchen so it's "easier" to reach, using velcro shoes because we can't bend down to tie up our laces, or hiring someone to do our gardening because we don't have the strength to lift pots. Is it hard to reach back and grab your seatbelt in the car? Does this sound familiar?
As your wellness coach, I help you to create a plan to maintain strength, balance and flexibility. Working out is only one part of that.
Studies show that we lose muscle strength as we age. You don't have to train like a bodybuilder to improve this area of your life! Small weights and consistent workouts are perfect for this. Check out my page on Weight Lifting for some guidelines to get you started.
Balance is also something that diminishes. Here's a test for you: stand close to a counter or a wall and raise one foot. See how long you can stand there without putting your foot down. Now try the other side? How did that work for you?
Simple activities like standing on one foot help to train your body to improve balance. In the studio, I use BOSUs - 1/2 balls that you can stand on. They are a great tool for teaching balance! When you stand on an unstable surface, your brain and your muscles have to work together to keep you from falling off. Since it's winter here in Canada, we have a lot of unstable surfaces outside. Can you see the benefit of having your body be able to react quickly if you slip? It could mean the difference between a major injury or just a "wow that was close"! Yoga and tai chi classes are also a great way to improve your balance.
Final part: flexibility. This is probably my favorite topic right now. It doesn't matter how strong you are, if you can't move those muscles, it really doesn't get you much benefit!
I am also a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist. Your fascia is the connective tissue under the skin and over the muscles. (There is a lot more fascia in the body but we'll just talk about this part for today). Think of it like a tube sock surrounding your muscles. If the tube sock (fascia) is too tight, then the muscle cannot move to it's proper length. Therefore, you have limited range of motion and decreased strength.
You need to stretch your fascia!!! This is different from stretching after your workout. I perform a series of movements with a client using slight traction and stretching in all kinds of different directions to get the best results. If you have pain, limited range of motion, tight muscles, past injuries - then you will want to learn more about fascial stretching. Check out my page on Fascia here.
Yoga classes, massage, Thai Yoga massage and drinking plenty of water are great ways to improve your flexibility as well.
OK, that will do it for today!
How Do I Learn More?It's easy! Just visit my contact me page and make an appointment!
Thanks for spending some time with me today! Make today your best day ever!
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