Aging gracefully is like a well performed dance; it requires repetition and challenge— both mentally and physically. Loss of motor skills and memory can be avoided with exercise and mental stimulation, the keys to a youthful body and mind.
A flexible body and fluid mind are hallmarks of youth, and Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that besides being fun, dance is a mind-body experience that requires focus, coordination, and learning new moves. All of these skills can slow down the aging process.
As the seasons change, so can your mood. For some, the shorter days and longer nights trigger the “winter blues,” a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This usually occurs at the same time every year, and people who live in places with long, cold nights are at greater risk.
Like all forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than men. Symptoms build slowly, and intensify as autumn’s splendor bleaches to winter white. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends taking steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
Elderly bones fracture easily because over time, bone tissue becomes thin and brittle. Osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease, occurs when the body doesn’t form enough new bone, or when old bone is absorbed by the body.
Besides burning calories and building muscle, dancing engages creativity and opens new learning channels within the brain. Through dance, an individual builds strong emotional, cognitive, physical and social assets.
Have you ever dipped an apple into lemon juice to prevent it from browning? That browning process is called oxidation, and the same thing happens inside our bodies. Lemons minimize the damage caused by oxygen exposure because they are a rich source of antioxidants.
Maintaining healthy knees is critical for anyone who leads an active lifestyle. Knees can be achy or tight and may pop or swell. Cartilage damage, injured hips and weak feet, or excess body weight contribute to knee pain, and minor structural misalignments can lead to injuries and arthritis later in life.
Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean your skin has to be. Cold, dry air can leave skin red, blotchy and dehydrated. With the right care and nutrition, you can turn a fresh face towards winter doldrums.