We know that remaining physically active as possible, no matter any physical limitations, is crucial to our total well being. There's a plethora of compelling evidence demonstrating that staying physically fit prevents or delays many chronic diseases, while at the same time, improving mood and reducing depression and cognitive decline.

Introducing Christine King, of Your Best Fit,  a Medical Exercise Fitness Specialist whose company specializes in creating personalized activity programs for individuals who may homebound or recovering from a health setback such as stroke or joint replacement or just less mobile and independent than they had previously been.  She founded the company after a traumatic accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was lucky to regain enough movement to walk again.

I spoke with Christine and she told me that when she works with a new client her team first assesses physical and nutritional needs in addition to a home safety assessment,  especially for high-risk fall clients.  For those who are sedentary, the main priority is finding efficient and safe measure to help them remian independent during activities of daily living.  

Although each client is different, a typical at home therapy program for building strength and balance at any age includes two to three 30-minute sessions per week. The essential at home equipment is simple.  A chair, rubber tubing, a playground ball and light hand weights. If motivation is the issue for you or a loved one, consider including a family member or home health aide in the daily regimen. Her team also works with caregivers to infuse physical activity into daily activities.

In the meantime, take a look at Christine's website, Your Best Fit.  It includes a lot of information, not only on exercise, where you'll find easy-to-follow videos, but also on general health, food and nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations for healthy aging. You'll see that many have found improvements getting through their regular day after just some basic therapy and regular exercise with Christine and her team.

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Susan Holtzman

Susan O. Holtzman earned Master’s Degree in Gerontology and Aging Services after a long career in healthcare and medical education.  Her experience in caring for her mother as she aged, and assisting friends and family in finding care solutions led her to become involved in gerontology and aging issues on an individual as well as public policy level.  Susan will be blogging on issues relating to Aging and Caregiving. 

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