Category: Exercises

Listen to Your Heart with these Vital Health Tips

While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect your loved ones, EZ-ACCESS offers these keys to maintaining a strong heart:

Keep it Healthy

Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, you can help prevent heart attacks as well as improve overall health. To help make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption with the replacement of grilled chicken, trading the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

 Know the Symptoms

In the event of a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance to rule out heart complications, particularly if the symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, a shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, anxiety, cold sweat, and nausea are also important triggers.

Limit Stress

To preserve health and maintain peace of mind, reducing stress is an important element for your fitness. Find time each day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to achieving a wholesome sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relieve potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.

Although American Heart Month is only twenty-eight days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve your overall health. As a family owned company, EZ-ACCESS takes the security of your loved ones personally. Discover our story today.

Achieving the ‘Grand Bod’: 3 Senior Exercises for Limited Mobility

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This month, you may have heard the term ‘dad bod’, but have you heard of the ‘grand bod’?  In honor of National Senior Fitness Day, the EZ-ACCESS team is focused on the ‘grand bod’ and has come up with 3 exercises to help you get your aging parent or grandparent feeling great this summer!

Seniors with limited mobility often believe they are beyond help when it comes to exercise.  However, just 30 minutes of simple stretching and lifting will aide in mental alertness, stronger bones, healthier metabolism and tight muscles.

Here are 3 senior exercises for limited mobility to get you started:

  1. Stretching – For this exercise, start with the head and then move to the arms and legs. Rotate the head in slow circles to stretch the neck and back.  Then lift arms over the head and slowly drop to the sides.  Finally, lift and lower legs.  Repeat several times to be sure to achieve full stretch throughout the body.
  2. Arms – To work the arms, start with a punching motion and then complete arm circles and arm curls with or without weights.
  3. Legs – When working the legs, kick legs in front of the body and then try to hold legs parallel to the floor for as long as possible. You can also put feet flat to the floor and lift up the heels, then try to push feet through the floor to work the buttocks and top of thighs.

Once these exercises are safely mastered, get your doctor’s ok to gradually introduce light weights starting at 3 pounds and working your way up.  Other options to introduce into your exercise routine include swimming, yoga or tai chi, with deep breathing and medication as a cool down.

The team at EZ-ACCESS deeply cares about the health and safety of your loved ones, which is why we recommend physical activity at any age.  We’re also here to help with all of your accessibility needs.  Explore our residential ramps and see how easy it could be to get you or your loved one out of the house and more active this summer!