Hamstring Strength For Better Balance

Hamstring strength is important for good balance. The hamstrings are made up of 3 separate muscles: the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Here’s an easy way to work this muscle group from a seated position with a resistance band. Before you begin, tie the ends of an exercise band together in a knot to create a circle. It’s […]

Vision and Balance

By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Most of us depend heavily on our vision to tell us about our environment – knowing the height of the curb, obstacles to avoid, when we are approaching uneven surfaces, etc. This information gathered and processed through our ocular motor (visual) system keeps us safe and plays an important role in correcting balance challenges and avoiding […]

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 […]