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Step up your walking workouts

Walking can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen the immune system, and help manage weight. Yet it’s easy to make walks too passive. To provide the full benefits of walking, workouts need to pose a challenge and be tailored to meet specific fitness goals. The best way to do this is to adjust routines to focus more on intensity, strength, and endurance. More »

The 3 main options for physical rehabilitation

Several types of physical rehabilitation are available to assist with recovery after medical problems such as a fall, illness, or surgery. Inpatient rehab is prescribed after a hospital stay, when one isn’t well enough to go home; it offers comprehensive care from doctors, nurses, therapists, and other health professionals. At-home rehab sends skilled professionals—including nurses and therapists (physical, occupational, or speech)—into a person’s home for therapy sessions. Outpatient rehab is for people well enough to get to a rehab facility throughout the week. (Locked) More »

The powerful play of pickleball

Pickleball, one of the country’s fastest-growing racquet sports, is an optimal activity for older adults as it offers cardiovascular health benefits, helps improve cognitive skills, and is a fun way to socialize. The game also can help improve balance to help reduce the risk of falls, and can accommodate different fitness levels. (Locked) More »

Bounce back from injury

Physical therapists use a variety of recreational and exercise balls to help people cope with injury and pain. Playground balls, about the size of a soccer ball, are often used in knee rehabilitation exercises; they can be squeezed between the knees to build muscle strength. Large exercise balls are used to help strengthen the back and core muscles and to improve balance; one can sit on the ball or lie on top of it while doing an exercise. Small sports balls, such as a golf ball or a lacrosse ball, are used for deep tissue massage. (Locked) More »

Can a tracker or smartphone app help you move more?

A review of randomized controlled trials published online Dec. 21, 2020, by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that people who use fitness trackers are a little more active each day than people who don’t use fitness trackers. More »

Choosing a home exercise machine

Home exercise machines such as treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and rowing machines can make it easier to get regular, heart-protecting, aerobic exercise. Certain machines may be more appropriate for different people, depending on their history of joint or muscle trouble or other health problems. For those with knee or hip arthritis or balance issues, a stationary bike may be best, while treadmills and elliptical machines are best for people concerned about preventing osteoporosis. More »