Posts in Wellness
The Solution to Leg Cramps

For years, I have struggled with leg cramps or “Charley Horses” as my Silver generation calls them. They would wake me from a sound sleep with excruciating pain. After stamping around for at least 10-15 minutes, I would fall into bed, exhausted. One particular evening, I was thrown into 5 episodes of almost unbearable cramping all over my legs. The next morning, in the depths of despair, I began to research the topic. I knew keeping hydrated was vital but went on to discover there is little to no recommendation on how to stop the actual pain besides going through it. I kept digging deeper and stumbled on “Stops Leg and Foot Cramps in About One Minute” from Caleb Treeze Organic Farm (that is actually the name of the product).

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Discovery

This Yoga Moment is about discovering the many possibilities of our own spine. This column of vertebrae is the key to conducting effective communication throughout our bodies. By strengthening the spine, we become energized and blood flow increases. By lengthening the spaces between our vertebrae in this yoga practice, the spinal range of motion can be maximized and tension released. Namaste. - Susan Cambigue-Tracey

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Acceptance & Peace

This Yoga Moment promotes acceptance and peace. Susan demonstrates various warrior poses, and uses asymmetrical movements that work on each side of our bodies separately. By increasing feeling in our feet, waking up our metatarsal joints, we fight neuropathy and improve our all-important balance. Namaste. -Susan Cambigue Tracey

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Sunset Yoga Moment

Sunsets are symbolic reminders of the lifecycle, beautiful, unstoppable demonstrations that yet one more day of our life has come to an end. This Yoga Moment is about connecting to the earth, and embracing this fleeting moment. Starting with a deep inhale, this is a lesson in improvised movement meditation. It is about deepening our engagement and celebration of the cycles of life.  Namaste. - Susan Cambigue Tracey

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Introduction to Yoga Moments with Susan

HipSilver is proud to introduce Yoga Moments with Susan, a comprehensive series of yoga-based exercises and techniques designed for all mobility levels. Drawing on her extensive background in dance, education and yoga, Susan has integrated her life skills episodically to show us proven ways to maintain our health, in body, mind, and soul. Each Yoga Moment is built around a clearly conveyed thesis. They all feature exercises, stretches, and meditations which anyone can do at any ability level. Her innovative approach calls for chairs and everyday objects to provide support and balance for us when needed. Susan’s techniques are being successfully used by those who wish to maintain mobility as they age, those who are recovering from injury, and people who are otherwise unable to perform traditional yoga moves. We hope her knowledge and experience heals or otherwise helps you.

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A Delicious and “Healthy” Chocolate Dessert!

For this HipSilver Wellness Wednesday, what’s on the top of my mind is the upcoming holiday weekend and how much easier it is these days to “eat healthy” while still enjoying special and traditional holiday foods. This weekend, many people will be gathering with family and friends for either Passover seders or Easter dinners, and neither of these has been known historically to be health-oriented events.

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Senior Health: Depression can be a problem for older adults

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

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Spring Cleaning

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

We’re almost two weeks into Spring now, and I’m feeling the impulse to do a bit of the cleansing I always recommend at this time of year. But, to be perfectly honest, my life isn’t lending itself to that kind of focus right now. While I love to take a week for extra careful clean eating and special self-care, I’m in too much forward motion to devote that kind of energy at the moment. Maybe you’re having a similar experience?

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The 7 Worst Exercises for Older Adults

I see George around the gym all the time. We’re both lunchtime regulars and typically acknowledge each other with a customary nod. But I’d never started a conversation until the other day, when I noticed he was limping. I asked what happened.

That launched us into a long and winding conversation, which is how it goes with workout injuries. The older you get, the harder it is to describe any single problem in a straightforward way. Each new one is linked to an older one, and each older one has its own history.

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These Butt-Kicking Seniors are getting their peers in shape

t’s time to put your notions of old age out to pasture.

Far from retiring, these NYC seniors are having the time of their lives working as fitness instructors — and using their years of training to sculpt, tone and perfect bodies of all ages. Who said that jocks had to be young?

In fact, fitness programs for the elderly are among the top health trends for 2018, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal’s 2018 survey of thousands of physical fitness professionals.

“When you’re older, you really need an older teacher,” Marjorie Jaffe, a senior personal trainer who focuses on older clients, tells The Post. “You’re really not interested in [toning] your arms or your butt. You’re more interested in your balance, keeping your body straight and not limiting your life.”

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KEEPING IT IN BALANCE

You probably don’t need to read more dismal statistics about aging, hip fractures, and the risk of falling. How about a quick glance at this research instead?

Elderly participants doing Tai Chi exercises for 3 months had two-thirds fewer falls.
–Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Data from studies showed lower fall rates in lower-body strength exercise intervention groups.
–Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Fear of falling is a modifiable threat to autonomy in older individuals.
–International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

You can reduce your risk of falling and improve balance with activities that provide balance practice, build strength, and increase confidence. Here’s the classic list of practical recommendations:

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