A staggering 28% of adults in the US over the age of 65 live alone. In recent years, a substantial amount of research has found on isolation in our later years increases the risk of adverse health events. Older adults who feel isolated are more likely to develop chronic disease, depression, and dementia. Isolation also increases the risk of mortality.
On a similar note, one of the most common concerns I hear from clients in the clinic is the lack of social support in reaching their health goals. They express that it’s difficult to make healthier choices because of others around them, or a lack of people around them. It’s hard to get friends and family members on board while changing to health-conscious habits. It’s also more difficult to make healthier choices when you’re feeling alone.
As Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Therefore, if you want a healthier life, seek out...
“Ageism is prejudice against our own future selves.” -Ashton Applewhite
We see the phrase “anti-aging” everywhere. It’s obviously at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
But newsflash: we’re all aging.
There isn’t anything you can do to stop it.
And yet all we hear about are the negative aspects of aging. And this constant push to try to put a stop to a process that’s an inevitable aspect of life.
It’s become painfully apparent we live in an ageist society.
If you look around, you’ll notice a pattern. Of all the advertising to buy products or services to “hide” the fact that we’re aging.
And the real danger here is our thought patterns dictate our actions. Both our individual actions and the actions of society. When you take a look around, it becomes obvious we’ve structured world to discriminate against older adults. This TED Talk on ageism by Ashton Applewhite sums this up perfectly.
Stillness, quiet, and thoughtful observation are skills easily lost in today's distracted world, but are among some of the most powerful skills you can possess.
By learning how to observe and learn from yourself you can start to make small steps toward improving your health in the long term. There are no quick fixes, and observation is a necessary skill for making steady improvement!
Treating the world as a learning environment is one of the first skills we cultivate in our clients. It is one of the most important steps you can take toward reaching your goals. Try something today to be still and just observe.
Ever tried to develop an exercise habit and found yourself unable to stick with it?
If so, you aren’t alone. The difficulty in maintaining an exercise habit happens for a variety of reasons. It might be that you tried too much too soon. Or more likely, you just didn’t find something you actually enjoyed enough to stick to.
One of the most common questions I hear as a physical therapist is, “What kind of exercise program is best for me?”
My answer is always, “The one that you enjoy enough to show up for every day.”
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer. And while this approach sounds simple in theory, it can take some trial and error to figure it out.
One of the most common problems I run in to is the use of the word “exercise”. For some, it carries a lot of baggage because they think they have put off developing an “exercise” habit for too long. They fall into the trap of thinking it’s too late for...
Ever considered yourself a rebel, or maybe just want to be one?
If so, you’ve likely always hated the idea of a regular “exercise” habit. Even if you understand the health benefits, you’ve always been opposed to the regimented lifestyle of exercise.
Or maybe you’ve just always found traditional exercise boring. That’s the position I’d always found myself in until I learned about movement-based lifestyles.
Even if you’ve always hated traditional exercise, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience all the health benefits of movement.
Let’s talk about how a movement-based lifestyle is the answer for you and your rebellious lifestyle.
Adopting a movement-based lifestyle involves customizing movement to fit your current lifestyle.
That’s right. You don’t need to change much other than your mindset and your environment to gain all...
One of the best things you can do to improve your health today? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
The minute we avoid stepping outside of our comfort zone is when we stop growing. In terms of movement, staying in familiar routines is exactly what leads us to decline. To maximize our health we need variety, and lots of it!
Take small steps to break out of your comfort zone today and continue to build on them tomorrow. Something as simple as sitting on the floor instead of the couch or going outside to walk a mile counts. What can you do to make yourself uncomfortable today?
This is the final video in our series on setting health goals!
Now it's time to get down to the actual goal setting!
Today's video discusses what the difference is and why your goals should be focused on habits.
We hope you've found this video series helpful! We'd love to hear about your health goals. Email us at [email protected] to share them with us!
Ever tried to start a new habit that you just couldn't stick to?
We've all been there.
It's likely you tried to set the habit up in a way that works well for someone else, but not for you!
Learn about different habit styles using the four tendencies framework so you don't fall into the same trap again.
By knowing yourself, you can set your habits up in a way that works for you! It is possible to make your habits effortless by learning more about yourself.
Let us know what you learn!
True story. Like it or not, we all age. The great news is we can age well if we choose to!
By keeping a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and continuing to move well you have the power to age gracefully. Don't wait another minute, make the choice to age however you choose today.