Stretches for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The sooner you begin treating carpal tunnel syndrome proactively the better your chances for a complete recovery. These simple wrist stretches will help. Because they take less than one minute to complete, and can be done anywhere, it’s easy to practice them regularly throughout the day. Wrist Flexion Stretch for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 1. Sit or stand tall […]

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 […]

Exercises To Make You a Better Driver

Seven Exercises to Help You Keep Your Driving Skills Finely Tuned By Mary Ann Wilson, RN While we’re all attentive to keeping our vehicles in good working order to avoid break downs, few of us give much thought to tuning up the many areas of our body that contribute to safe driving. The good news […]

Move To Improve Your Brain

By now we are all quite familiar with the many ways exercise contributes to physical and emotional wellness. One of the hottest trends in exercise physiology research at the moment is taking a closer look at exactly how exercise benefits the brain.  So far, results confirm that cognitive benefits associated with exercise are more significant than imagined. This news comes at an […]

Balance Exercises for the Sensory System

Improve Your Sensory System Through Exercise By 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 we can do to sharpen each of […]

Seated Row With Band To Strengthen Upper Back

Here’s a great idea that’s easy to implement. Keep an exercise resistance band next to your favorite chair and use it during those down times when you’re sitting sedentary (like when you’re watching television or listening to the radio). This is a perfect opportunity to work on strengthening the muscles of your upper back . Use […]

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 […]