Exercise for an ageing population

3 March 2014, 10:25

As the older adult population increases, so does the demand for fitness professionals who understand the capabilities and special needs of seniors with illnesses, disabilities, chronic disorders and sedentary lifestyles.

Exercise for Frail Elders, is the only exercise fitness guidebook to focus on working with frail elders and adults with special conditions and as such is an invaluable resource for improving functional fitness, maintaining aspects of independent living and enhancing quality of life.

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Exercise will not slow ageing process

27 March 2013, 09:59

Older adults exercising 2Contrary to the the long-held belief, physical activity will not slow down the ageing process, according to new genetic research published in the journal PLOS Genetics

The research by Professor Jamie Timmons and fellow scientists at Loughborough University, not only challenges the long held belief that keeping active will automatically hold back the hands of time but highlights a new perspective on the ageing process in humans.

Professor Timmons says they now have evidence that turns many of the assumptions about ageing on their head.

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Fitness trends for 2013

1 January 2013, 12:56

Strength TrainingThe American College of Sports Medicines’ seventh annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013 has just been published in the journal Health & Fitness.

The list of top twenty trends were formulated from the survey results received from over 3,300 health and fitness professionals from around the world.

Much to the disappointment of Pilates instructors all over the globe, Pilates, stability ball and balance training again failed to appear on the list of top 20 trends in the health and fitness industry, supporting the theory that these were fads and not trends.

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A comprehensive look at “moving meditation”

12 December 2012, 13:29

Increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness by harnessing the healing power of chi, or energy.

Each year, millions of people worldwide discover the incredible physical and mental benefits of tai chi and with Tai Chi Illustrated, anyone can.

Written by internationally renowned instructor Master Pixiang Qiu and mind–body exercise expert Weimo Zhu, it is a step-by-step guide complete with detailed instructions and full-colour photographic sequences for the basic movements and popular forms, such as Grasp Sparrow’s Tail and Part the Wild Horse’s Mane.

Whether a newcomer to tai chi or an experienced practitioner, Tai Chi Illustrated is the guide to the path of better health and self-awareness.

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Five surprising benefits of Tai Chi

12 December 2012, 11:06

Tai ChiTai chi has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and now doctors in the United States are recognizing the physiological and psychological benefits of the exercise.

According to Master Pixiang Qiu, a veteran tai chi instructor and director of the Chinese Wushu Research Center of Shanghai University of Sports, tai chi promotes cardiovascular health, bone mineral density, balance and flexibility.

“In fact, many cardiologists prescribe tai chi as an adjunct therapy for treatment of heart problems or as preventive therapy,” says Qiu.

In Tai Chi Illustrated, Qiu and co-author Weimo Zhu explain the benefits of tai chi and the implications of the exercise on a variety of health conditions.

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Making old muscles good as new

27 September 2012, 13:35

An international team of scientists have identified for the first time a key factor responsible for declining muscle repair during ageing.

The researchers from King’s College London, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital also discovered how to halt the ageing process in mice by administering a common a protein inhibiting drug.

The study looked at stem cells found inside muscle and responsible for repairing injury to find out why the ability of muscles to regenerate declines with age.

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Come and see us at WCAA

2 August 2012, 08:59

Held every 4 years, this showcase event will take place from the 13th to the 17th August at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

It represents a unique opportunity to bring together scientists and practitioners, experts and enthusiasts from a range of professional interests and disciplines involved in the promotion of Active Ageing.

It will not only highlight the latest research evidence and best practice on physical activity and active ageing, but also highlight the needs of an often excluded but growing population group world-wide “the very oldest of the old”.

In addition to the large range of new and bestselling books on show, a number of our leading authors will be speaking at the event.

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2012 Active Ageing Seminar

27 March 2012, 10:18

2012 Active Ageing Seminar
Woburn House Conference Centre, London
Wednesday, May 2nd

The 2012 Active Ageing Seminar will inform and inspire all wellness professionals who work with, or would like to work with, older adults.

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Growing evidence that gardening is good for you

19 January 2012, 15:22

A new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity suggests that one or more hours a week spent gardening can reduce falls, improve balance, increase walking speed and reduce the incidence of chronic conditions such as arthritis and high blood pressure in the elderly.

Researchers, Tuo-Yu and Megan Janke from the University of South Florida, compared the records of gardeners and non-gardeners and found significantly fewer gardeners had reported a recent fall.

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The role of leisure in the lives of the elderly

19 January 2012, 10:30

As the number and percent of older people in developed countries continues to grow,tomorrow’s recreation and leisure professionals will be more challenged than ever to meet the needs of an increasingly older and culturally diverse population.

Written for students, professors and professionals in recreation, leisure, gerontology and ageing, Leisure and Aging provides a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of life for older people and the role of leisure within it.

It helps students think critically about a phase of life that seems remote from their own and provides a perspective to their understanding of ageing and leisure.

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