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).Read More
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-TraceyRead More
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 TraceyRead More
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 TraceyRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Master Martin is happy to provide HipSilvers with essential tips for self-defense. He explains how to utilize your opponent’s strength against them alongside the psychological principles of close-quarter engagements. We’re certain his insights will help you in your escapades and ecstatic to bring more tips in the future.Read More
For some, the word "technology" might evoke cold imagery of steely robots and complex computer algorithms. But a talk on "empathetic technology" at this year's Wired Health conference did a lot to change this perception.
Our smart devices may soon know how we are feeling even before we do.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.”Read More
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:Read More
Today is a very powerful day; not only is it the Equinox (the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere), but we also have a super full moon tonight making things even more intense. The sun is in willful Aries, and the moon is in harmonious Libra, which is all about getting our needs met. So, what’s our greatest wellness opportunity on this special Wednesday?Read More
Happy Wellness Wednesday!
This week is kind of special because it concludes with International Women’s Day on March 8th, which has been celebrated for over a hundred years as a global event to celebrate women’s achievements and as a rallying cry for gender equality.
This year’s IWD theme, #BalanceForBetter, is also a delightful reminder about women’s wellness.
As an Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of Get Your Juicy Back, I am so aware of the importance of balance for women, especially hormone balance, because hormones are such key factors in our wellbeing.
For women of the Silver Generation, achieving this balance generally involves restoring hormones to healthy postmenopausal levels. Not only does this help with symptoms like hot flashes, dryness, sleep disturbances, memory problems, and premature aging, but it also protects bone and prevents many other health problems.Read More
At first, she just forgot a name or two. Then, a few meetings on her schedule. A few months later, LuPita Gutierrez-Parker found herself struggling at work to use computer software she knew intimately.
"In the beginning, when I wasn't sure what was happening to me, I just figured it must be stress because I was doing a lot of work and had too much on my mind," Gutierrez-Parker said.
Another few months passed, and she found herself re-reading the same passage in documents to comprehend their meaning. When her command of language also began to fail, Gutierrez-Parker, who lives in Yakima, Washington, began to worry.
"Why did I just say that? That's not grammatically correct," she would think. " 'That wasn't me. I have a very strong vocabulary.' I was a very articulate person."Read More
The wellness trend is showing no signs of slowing down, so why not kick your doubts and cynicism to the curb and finally get on board? Even if you weren’t able to stick it out for Dry January and you haven’t fully recovered from all your holiday indulgences, it’s still the beginning of the year. And you don’t have to be Gwyneth to reset and recharge with a little extravagant R&R—soothing retreats are springing up all over, making them available to the rest of us who want to let our hair—and inhibitions—down.Read More