Wow, it's been a while. Sorry for my silence, life has been very busy, summer holidays, training and then participating in a Strongwoman competition and work. However something is coming up I wanted to blog about. ...continue reading →
COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is a combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD find it difficult to breath. It is predicted to become third leading cause of death by 2030 and is not curable. However just because you have COPD doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise.
Both cardiovascular and weight-bearing exercises are to be encouraged for those with COPD with benefits such as
increased cardiovascular function
decrease in breathlessness
increased muscular strength
The aim of the physical activity undertaken should be to improve the COPD sufferers quality of life. It has been shown that those with COPD who do participate in regular physical activity have a lower risk of being admitted to hospital with associated problems.
I run a small group exercise class in Farnham Park every Friday morning for the over 50s. We combine a brisk walk with resistance exercises using dynabands or body weight. This is a class for all levels of fitness – each exercise will have an adaptation for you.
So if you fancy living longer and being physically and mentally fit to enjoy those extra years why don't you come along and join us. If you have any questions then please call Helen on 07785747669.
Before starting any new exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise changes with them.
A report recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) shows that practising the following healthy behaviours in midlife (42–63 years of age) makes it significantly more likely people will stay healthy as they age. ...continue reading →
"One in six people in the UK are affected by arthritis, and anyone at any age can be affected. Our National Arthritis Week survey reveals that while most people think they have a good understanding of arthritis, for many people this understanding is actually unfounded as they believe common arthritis myths." - Alan Silman, Arthritis Research UK medical director ...continue reading →
"In Tokyo's Suginami ward, where Doi lives, authorities award points in the form of stickers to seniors who participate in government-approved activities ranging from picking up litter, to attending health and sporting events, to cultural activities. Each point has a value of 50 yen (64 cents) and can be exchanged for grocery coupons. The Suginami local government has allocated 80 million yen for the project this year, according to its website."
In the current economic climate I can't see our government offering financial incentives to exercise but I was wondering if you thought this was a good idea or not? Is a financial incentive something that would encourage you to do some/more exercise?
If the government provided a half hour of stretching and breathing exercises broadcast nationally on the radio daily (as Japan does) would this be something you would participate in?
Love to know your thoughts.
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