Eye Exercises for Fall Prevention

By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Eye exercises are an important part of any fall prevention training program. We depend on our ocular system (vision) for balance and for keeping us safe in different environments. In addition to improving neck range of motion, the 3 exercises shared in this blog are designed to strengthen the eyes and improve the vestibular […]

Strengthen Abdominal Muscles Without Crunching

By Mary Ann Wilson, RN If I were to tell you there was a more efficient way to work the abdominal muscles than sit ups and crunches, would you be surprised? Researcher, Dr. Stuart McGill believes that crunches, the typically prescribed exercise for strengthening the abdominal muscles, is actually harmful to the spine. If you […]

Polypharmacy A Problem

TIPS TO HELP AVOID PITFALLS OF POLYPHARMACY By Sit and Be Fit TV host Mary Ann Wilson, RN Polypharmacy is a relatively new term used to describe the effects of taking many different medications concurrently to manage different conditions. The use of multiple medications is a growing problem, especially for older adults. Over-the-counter drugs such […]

Bare Feet Exercises with Small Ball

Small Ball Exerises for the Feet By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Bare feet exercises are valuable for everyone and are especially important for healthy aging. They promote balance, gait and circulation. Below are 3 great ideas for how to use a small ball for bare foot exercises. The ball used on the Sit and Be Fit television program is soft and has […]

Triceps Strengthening with Resistance Band

Strengthening Tips By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Triceps strengthening exercises done regularly will help tone flabby arms. Begin by sitting toward the front edge of the chair with feet firmly planted on the ground. As with any exercise, take a moment to get into good postural alignment before beginning.   Resistance Band Triceps Strengthening Exercise Starting Position: Secure […]

Mary Ann Says, “Indulge Every Now and Then”

By Mary Ann Wilson, RN I love going back to my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to visit my family and Italian roots. No trip is complete without swinging by my favorite Italian bakery, Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop which has been in operation since 1935. I remember how excited I was as a child going there.  I still […]