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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Five tips to help female runners stay healthy

04/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationExercise

When Frank Shorter won the Gold Medal at the 1972 Olympic Marathon, he set off a chain reaction. Running became a national obsession for millions of Americans, attracting a segment of the population that had previously been underrepresented: women. Today, women are a driving force in the sport, drawn in part by the modest amount of time and instruction it takes to see benefits. Fitness enthusiasts and researchers continue to debate whether running is appropriate for female bodies. But how different…

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Five Essential Strategies for a Successful Workout

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

Summer’s right around the corner, so you’ve probably been thinking about dusting off that treadmill or putting your gym membership to good use. That’s fantastic! But there are a few additional, yet easy, steps you can take to get the most out of your workout. 1. Have a plan. Embarking upon any fitness routine should start with a realistic set of expectations and goals. Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event such as a marathon? Do you simply want to dash up the…

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Training Tips for Your First 5K

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

With the harsh winter finally drawing to a close, many people are eager to venture outdoors to begin training for local 5K and half-marathon races this spring. While setting such fitness goals offers significant health and wellness benefits, there are some things you should keep in mind before hitting the pavement. First, it’s important to visit your primary care doctor prior to training – even if you are just planning to walk your first race. This is recommended especially if you have…

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Planning on Good Health in the New Year

01/02/2014 | Exercise

Reflecting back on the past year is essential to clearing the way for a healthy new year ahead. Whether you achieved your health goals in 2013, or you’d like to do better in the coming year, now is the time to look to the future and take charge of your health in 2014. Start by assessing your progress in the last year: What are you most proud of accomplishing? What are you most grateful for as you look back? What were some roadblocks to your health goals? What worked and what didn’t work?…

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Help Your Kids Build Stronger Bones

12/03/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

Take a drive through any residential neighborhood and you’ll notice something missing from the landscape: kids seldom play outside. Whether it’s caused by greater access to indoor entertainment, budgets that trim physical education from schools, or concern about safety, it’s becoming obvious that kids’ sedentary lifestyles can have an effect on their adult health. “Because kids aren’t as active and they aren’t consuming enough calcium and vitamin…

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Gift Ideas for a Healthy New Year

11/21/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

It’s not too early to begin your shopping for the holidays. This year, consider gifts to encourage good health and wellness in the coming year. Whether you’re shopping for adults or children, there are dozens of items to make staying healthy and fit easier and more fun. Gifts ideas for adults Personal trainer – Most people, whether they already work out or are just beginning an exercise program, can benefit from one-on-one sessions with a trainer. Health club membership or exercise…

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Six Strategies for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

11/05/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

Getting through the holidays without having your healthy diet derailed is tough. Among the obstacles are relatives who pout when you only take a small portion of their famous recipe or friends who continually offer to refill your drink at a party. Even the most disciplined people can have their healthy intentions sabotaged on special occasions and holidays, according to Heather Fink, a registered dietitian with Indiana University Health Sports Performance. Here are Fink’s tips for staying sane…

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Four Easy Exercises that Help Seniors Avoid Falling

11/01/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior ServicesExercise

When an elderly relative suffers a fall without injury, it’s easy to ignore or minimize the accident—but don’t. A minor fall can signal a need to evaluate risks for more serious falls that lead to long-term health and lifestyle consequences. After a tumble, seniors should see a physician, not just to check for injuries, but also to detect possible causes for the fall. Even when they check out fine, physicians often refer patients to a physical therapist who can identify weaknesses…

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