You’re never too old to get stronger

No age limit on building inner strength

Juju Baudry is 89 years young!  Exercise, specifically walking, has kept her body strong and her spirit young.  Don’t miss Juju’s words of wisdom below:

We love JuJu’s outlook on exercise and on life: “Do a little bit extra than you’re expected to do, and always be happy!”  What a way to unleash your inner BRIO and become mentally and physically strong!

Strength = Better balance. Improved function. Overall better living.

If you have an elderly parent, spouse, or loved one missing out on the joys of life because they can’t get around, YOU CAN HELP!  There is no age limit on getting stronger. Bring your loved one to physical therapy to learn the best exercises to help them get stronger. Better yet, come with them and learn yourself how to facilitate better functioning.

Spending quality time with the elderly is one of the things they enjoy most. It can also be fun for you, too. They still have so much to offer us, so give your time and help facilitate more activity. We promise the positive benefits will surely multiply!

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Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO looks can help you and your loved ones develop a healthier lifestyle. Give us a call at 504.841.0410 and schedule your appointment today.  We look forward to helping you unleash your inner BRIO and get your elderly loved ones stronger and enjoying life more!

Loss of Strength in Men, Leads to Loss of Function

Sarcopenia is defined as the age associated loss of strength and muscle mass. Sarcopenia affects us all, as we age. Starting as early as the mid to late 30’s, it is common to see a slow loss in strength.  This gradual loss of strength is often associated with pain and eventually a loss of function. It appears that for men, the strength loss occurs at a greater rate than it does for our women counterparts.

This scenario is seen over and over in our clinic.  Men will come into the clinic with some sort of pain. This is usually a pain that they have been dealing with for a long time. They come through our doors because the pain has gotten so bad that it is interfering with the things they want to do,  like playing golf, tennis, or even working.  Upon evaluation 2 things quickly become apparent:

  1. there is a loss of mobility
  2. lack of  strength/stability

Strength loss can significantly affect your ability to do the things you like to do.  If you have given up on some of your favorite activities, have trouble competing at the same level, or are looking to prevent this from happening to you, try strength training.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. To get stronger you need resistance exercises. Generally you should select a resistance that you are able to do about 8-12 repetitions.
  2. Slower is better than faster. Lift the weight slowly and with good control. This will help you recruit more muscle fiber and reduce chances of injury.
  3. Strength can be gained with as little as 1 set of an exercise, 1 to 2 times per week.
  4. Allow for enough recovery time between workouts. I like at least 48 hour recovery period. In general, the harder you work out the longer the recovery needed.
  5. Body weight exercises are great. Exercises like push ups, pull ups and bridges can be an effective, inexpensive option. Remember to perform the exercises slowly. If these are too hard to complete 8-12 reps, modify the exercise to make it easier.
  6. Weight machines are another way to get started with strength training. Use a variety of machines to promote muscle balance. Choose a resistance that you can complete 8-12 slow repetitions.
  7. Use good form and don’t work into pain.
  8. For best results you should consult a professional to specifically design your program. There are many things that go into effective strength training. A physical therapist or exercise physiologist are ideal to fit your specific needs.

For additional information on strength training or the programs here at Baudry Therapy Center please feel free to comment or contact our office at 504 841 0150.