First cardio-vascular fitness, which provides stamina. Good stamina enables you to sustain free bodily movement for the length of time you need it to, without leaving you feeling puffed, exhausted or faint. To achieve good stamina, you must aim to do enough regular activity in order to boost the efficiency of your heart and lungsContinue reading “Physical fitness has 5 components”
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com My 85-year-old mother suffers from osteoporosis. She recently fell and broke her hip and is in danger of losing her physical independence. I’ve heard that osteoporosis can run in families. Is this true? If so what can I do to avoid it? Anne D – Berkshire Dear Anne, I’m sorryContinue reading “My 85-year-old mother suffers from osteoporosis”
Osteoporosis is a silent insidious bone disease linked to hormonal changes and the menopause in women. But in many cases osteoporosis can be prevented, it’s not just about getting old as was previously assumed! According the NHS osteoporosis affects over three million people in the UK. More than 500,000 people receive hospital treatment for fragilityContinue reading “Exercise – Bones & Osteo”
Is there anything we can do to look after our hands as we age, and in particular to avoid the knobbly finger joints that we see on some older ladies? Regards, Shirley Tracy, North Yorkshire Answer Holding back the years on our face is one thing but a quick look at hands usually reveals age.Continue reading “I get asked ……. hand care”
Are you bothered by swollen ankles? At the end of the day it’s normal to have some swelling in your legs, particularly if you’ve been sitting or standing for long periods. Ankles may swell up and especially in hot weather. Swelling occurs in feet and ankles because of gravity, which can cause fluid to accumulate.Continue reading “Swollen ankles”
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 Answer Joint pain is a common problemContinue reading “I get asked …. Joint Pain”
I have spent over 40 years working in the media, much of that time concentrating on health and fitness, and have a particular interest in issues and illnesses which affect women who are past their first flush of youth. I soon realised how importance it is for women to maintain strong bones, particularly at the time of menopause and in later life. Osteoporosis is a bone-thinning condition that will affect one in three women after the menopause. It is a very serious disease, which in the UK alone, results in 310,000 fractures a year causing severe pain and disability. Over the last two decades there has been significant scientific research into the cause and treatment of the disease. The published results have found that a healthy active lifestyle can help guard against osteoporosis and reduce the risk of falls and resulting fractures.