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Stronger Seniors® Chair HIIT

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High intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage, but is it appropriate at any age? This IAFC 2016 session will explain the benefits and drawbacks of HIIT training and the importance of evaluating modifications for older adults. Benefits Insulin response (increased insulin sensitivity, decreased fasting insulin) Cardiovascular health, including increased aerobic and anaerobic capacity Possibly reduced abdominal visceral fat Increased growth hormone Reduced training time – quick, intense workouts require less time Reduced exercise...

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FunKtional Barre

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Remember when it was popular for football players to take ballet classes? The ideas and reasoning behind such a recommendation was so they would become more agile, graceful, light on their feet, and to increase their flexibility. There are many football players who have taken ballet training, as well as Pilates, yoga and dance, but probably the most famous example is Lynn Swann. In the 1970’s and 1980’s Swann was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, (my husband’s favorite team), and his ballet regimen was well known. He took various...

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Stronger Seniors Posture & Balance

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Recently I saw Carol Burnett guest star on Hawaii Five-O, and I said to my husband “See her spine, she looks much younger than her age.” She was portraying Steve McGarrett’s aunt, whereas she actually could have been his great aunt. I’m not referring to plastic surgery, because many stars purchase that youth, but what you can’t purchase is the posture. She is aging gracefully, and making it appear easy. What makes a person seem old, regardless of her age? Try observing pedestrians walking. Some people shift in a pattern, with the upper body...

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Seated Adaptations for Pilates

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Listen to “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”, by Otis Redding, and it invokes a peaceful scene. I would like nothing more than to relax, sit on the dock, and watch the tide roll away, but after sitting and reading “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” by NASA scientist Joan Vernikos, PhD., I thought “How can I possibly justify the benefits of seated exercise?”. Dr. Vernikos research is based on studies done on astronauts who spent months in a zero-gravity environment. It is documented and evident that living without gravity has very unhealthy effects...

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APB – All Points Bulletin

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WANTED: Pilates Principles for Abs, Posture, and Balance How does a fitness routine like Pilates train clients for better balance, alignment, and to brace with the core? It’s the basic principles of Pilates that are tied into each exercise until the practice becomes like second nature to us… or even first! Joseph Pilates didn’t write out a list of principles, but rather he invented exercises and equipment calling his method “Contrology” – the mind-body approach to movement integrating various concepts to attain...

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