We sit to take the weight off our feet but sitting for too long can result in slack abdominal muscles and slumped posture encouraging cramp and indigestion. Exercise helps to re-oxygenate your system and improve your circulation and digestion. Reintroducing exercise for the less active and for those getting older or restricted in their movementsContinue reading “Too much sitting”
Dear Diana I’ve just hit 60 and feel so frustrated because my joints are stiff and painful. It makes it more difficult to move around like I did previously. Is this just old age creeping on…or is there something I can do to help myself? Helen Martin Somerset Do you want to exercise atContinue reading “Joint Pain”
Enthesitis-related arthritis is a type of juvenile arthritis that often affects the joints of the leg and spine, causing inflammation where the tendons attach to the bone. It can cause stiffness in the neck and lower back in the teenage years. It’s also linked to a painful eye condition called acute uveitis. Versus Arthritis has moreContinue reading “Enthesitis-related arthritis”
Our hands and fingers are anatomically complicated areas of our bodies consisting of 27 bones, and for us human beings they play an important role in how we function in both our body and sign language. It’s fascinating to learn that the 10 digits of two hands, and also the 12 phalanges of 4 fingers (touchable byContinue reading “Strong hands and fingers”
Ouch! An increase in years inevitably brings some changes to our skeletons with a natural thinning of bones. Changes in the joints, with arthritis, rheumatism and backache are painful reminders of the passing years. Joint pain is common and can be the result of injury, but more often a form of arthritis. In older peopleContinue reading “Aching joints”
Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning condition but it is by no means new. The Romans were referring to non-healing hip fractures and other similar-sounding conditions in the 6th century. By the early 19th century, physicians were concerned about the ‘spongy’ texture of bones in old age, even before they were able to see them on X-ray.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”
W.H.Murray – The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
Dear Diana I am in my early 60’s and am annoyed with myself because I often don’t remember people’s names or what I am out shopping for and sometimes I even forget what I did yesterday! My family get cross with me is there anything I can do to help myself? Elaine Wright… Huddersfield DearContinue reading “Do you have memory loss?”
You’re never too old to improve bone and muscle strength, even if you actually suffer from osteoporosis. Before-and-after research with very elderly people has demonstrated the benefit of bone-loading exercise and also shown how mobility and muscle power enhance even simple activities like getting up from a chair, lifting parcels or going up stairs. Of course these benefits also reduce the risk of falling and suffering a fracture. Should you have the bad luck to fall, you’re less likely to suffer serious consequences.
My Bone Boosters programme consists of a set of easy movements designed specifically to strengthen and preserve bone thickness. They are exercises you can do in your everyday life, around your home or workplace or in the garden. You need no more than 20-30 minutes a day, for three days a week, though we do ask that you build up to this slowly to avoid possible injury or over-tiring.