Rise Up: Tips To Make Standing Up From a Seated Position Easy

For many people, the simple act of getting up from a seated position can be a challenge. The ordinary activities of standing and sitting are so basic that we take them for granted…until the day when we have to push, and push, and push again before achieving “liftoff”.  Difficulty in standing up from a chair […]

Sit to Stand Training to Help Achieve Lift Off

The simple act of moving from a seated position to a standing position requires the cooperation of several muscle groups working together. Pelvic mobility, trunk control, sensation in the feet, core and leg strength, as well as lower body flexibility, all contribute to maintaining this functional sit to stand skill. The following exercises will help train your body to […]

Reach Forward For Better Balance

Functional Balance Testing Reduce Fall Risk with this Easy Assessment Tool By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Functional balance assessments  tell us if we’re at risk for a fall. They also give clues about what skills we can practice on our own to improve balance. This is relevant because falls are dangerous and costly.  On an average year, 300,000 […]

Balance Exercises for the Sensory System

Improve Your Sensory System Through Exercise By Sit and Be Fit TV host Mary Ann Wilson, RN The body depends on many different systems working together to maintain good balance. The sensory, motor and central nervous system all play important roles in keeping us steady on our feet. What’s exciting to me is that there are specific exercises […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meds That Increase Fall Risk

*Note: Taking 4 or more medications increases fall risk. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends you review a complete list of your medications (including over the counter medications and supplements) with a pharmacist to make sure there are no interactions that may be increasing fall risk. Recommended workouts to improve balance: Chair Exercise Basics Season 14 Season […]