Better Breathing Part 2

Better Breathing Part 2

‘Take a deep breath’ is excellent advice when you need to calm down or gather your thoughts. We are programmed to prepare for fight or flight (in times of stress). Our breathing alters to becoming fast and shallow. By slowing down the way we inhale and exhale we are...
Better Breathing Part 2

Why Breathing Well Matters.

Did you know? Just by practising some simple breathing techniques you can reduce anxiety and improve your sleep quality? It seems that many of us are ‘shallow breathing’ which means we are using the upper part of our lungs (chest breathing) rather than the lower part...
Terrific triceps

Terrific triceps

Pushing up with your arms One of the key functional exercises you want to make sure you can still do comfortably, is the ability to push up with your arms. This will allow you to do everyday things: pushing yourself out of a low chair or out of the car shuffling...
Is there a BEST exercise?

Is there a BEST exercise?

A Reader Asks Kris:  Is there a best exercise I can do? As an exercise professional specialising in appropriate exercise for older adults, I am frequently asked this question. Unfortunately people tend not to like my answer as it goes along the lines of: “Well, if you...
Do these 3 Things Every Day.

Do these 3 Things Every Day.

Kris Tynan’s 3 simple daily exercises that make a big difference Having good balance becomes increasingly important as we get older. A fall can result in anything from a few bruises and hurt pride to a fracture (commonly wrist, hip or arm) or even worse brain...
Arthritis: Mobilise your Joints. #2

Arthritis: Mobilise your Joints. #2

Mobilising your joints Most older adults have some degree of osteoarthritis or cartilage degeneration in their joints – notably wrists, fingers, knees, hips and spine. When you are feeling sore and stiff it is very tempting to keep painful joints in the one position...