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4 Things You Can’t Recover

After I turned 60, I definitely would have added “Your Body as You Age” because that’s when the aches and pains begin. Aging takes us by surprise. One day we’re at the “top of our game” and then overnight we begin to feel aches in our joints, our backs, our knees and an overall stiffness … and we wonder what happened! Everyone around us, including doctors, say that’s the start of aging ─it happens to everyone. My mother was firmly convinced that after 50 each decade brought its own set of aches and pains… in your 60’s your hips and knees hurt, the 70’ s bring the back pain, and in your 80’s ─well, everything hurts!

Yes, aging does happen to all of us, but we can reverse the effects. How do we do that? By moving to keep our muscles strong. Our body was created with complex systems to keep us active and vibrant well into our 80’s─and exercise is the medicine. The slow, gentle movement of Essentrics simultaneously stretches and strengthens all 650 muscles in the body and rebalances all 384 joints in a safe way to avoid or relieve the most common pain conditions often related to aging.

plaqueI am my own testimonial. I know it works. I once had shoulder and hip pain that I expected to stay with me the rest of my life…and now it’s gone!



Get up and get moving!

We sit while driving and riding, at desks at work, at meals, while watching television or reading. According to a variety of research, we may be literally sitting our lives away. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative (and inventor of the treadmill desk) is the person who told the world, “Sitting is the new smoking.”

Frequent sitting is shown to increase the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, obesity, muscular issues, type 2 diabetes and depression. While that information is alarming enough, the formula to combat the effects of sitting is to be active five minutes for every 20 minutes of sitting. With marathon workplace meetings and demands for increased productivity, it may seem impossible to fit the appropriate amount of activity in every work day.

You may not fit in a five-minute activity break every 20 minutes, but there are ways to decrease sitting-related risks:

Schedule a 45- to 60-minute workout every day. Maintaining a regular workout schedule boosts overall fitness to help balance sitting-related risks.

Stand and move while talking on the phone. A few stretches here, a couple squats there and every phone call becomes a mini workout.

Move items out of arm’s reach so that you’re required to stand and walk whenever you need the stapler or tape dispenser. Annoying? Yes, but so are all of the health issues associated with prolonged sitting.

When all else fails, stand up every 20 minutes. It’s not optimum activity, but it’s better than prolonged sitting.


Fit after 5-oh

A gathering of people over the age of 50 almost always includes the phrase, “It’s not fun growing old.” Part of the non-fun is that most people 50+ still think of themselves as half their actual age. Those older people in the mirror can’t be them! The other part of the non-fun is the aches and pains that come with aging.

The magic of exercise is that it not only adds a youthful glow, it can also ease aching joints and muscles. And there’s even good news for people who haven’t been active as they’ve aged: when started correctly, the results from an exercise program are quickly noticeable. That’s a motivator right there!

The key to getting the most out of exercise after age 50 is to have a basic understanding of the aging body. Muscle mass can diminish as people age. According to a study publish in the American Journal of Medicine, muscle mass can actually predict how long you’ll live and how well you’ll live through the rest of your life.

Adding even 15 minutes of strength and stretching exercises to your day can be exactly what your body needs as you age. Strong and supple muscles will support bones and joints that might otherwise ache. Carrying groceries and reaching for an item on a top shelf won’t result in a new pain when you’ve built the muscles needed for everyday activities through regular strength and stretching workouts.

img_1828Solefit’s ESSENTRICS® workouts can help you make all the right moves as you age. Try a class today!


Bursting (not stepping) out of your comfort zone

On the spectrum of change there is the person who embraces change and the person who is change averse. Where are you when it comes to change? Do you find it exciting to try new things and meet new people or are you most comfortable when your life follows a familiar pattern?

Without a doubt, your muscles and bones require new challenges to stay strong. But more and more research is showing that the new neural pathways that are formed when someone takes on a new challenge (from learning a new language to learning a new exercise routine) lead to healthier aging.

It also turns out that dipping your toe in the water of change may not provide nearly the same benefits as taking a running jump into the deep end. The thrill of victory that comes after fumbling and stumbling through something new releases substantially more endorphins than the careful process of researching a potential new interest, observing, trying a few minutes and then taking time to decide if it’s for you. This is especially true of physical activity.

Bodies become very efficient when it comes to activity. Your body might have let go of double-digit pounds through daily two-mile walks, but eventually it shifted to auto-pilot. That’s your body’s saying, “You mastered this goal, now we can just about do this in our sleep. Time to step up your game!”

Studies have also shown that people who add variety to their exercise routine are 60 percent more likely to stick with working out compared to people who never try anything new. In fact, boredom with a chosen activity is in the top three reasons why people stop exercising.

Ready to burst out of your workout comfort zone? Solefit’s Essentrics workout may be the wake up call your body needs to kick start your metabolism and your neurons firing!


NOW is the time to start your New Year’s resolution!

Summer is making way for fall and the rapid succession of holidays that result in another set of New Year’s resolutions that will be abandoned. Isn’t it time to break out of that same old routine? The answer is definitely yes and if you’re going to break out of a routine, why not break out in a big way?

Instead of waiting four months to set health and fitness resolutions, why not start now? Think about it. When you start a workout routine it takes some time to turn it into a habit. The road to a habit includes many bumps (missed workouts, an extra piece of cake, hitting the snooze button). It’s much easier to keep your wheels on that bumpy road when the weather is still relatively nice (can’t use a snow storm as your excuse) and you’re still wearing clothes that show your toned muscles.

Then there’s the triple threat of Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies that are heading your way. Instead of risking injury by overdoing it at your first January workout, offset the extra calories with regular workouts that start now!

Finally, there’s the pure joy you’ll feel when friends and co-workers bemoan holiday season over indulgences and vow that they’ll make 2017 the year they finally become regular excercisers. No anxiety on your part! You’re beyond the bumpy road they have ahead of them, and it’s nothing but smooth sailing from January 1 to a new sleeveless summer.

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