Holiday Greetings From KT

Posted by KT LaSalla   ~   December 19, 2014

KT wishing a warm holiday wishes to all!
KT's Warmest Holiday Wishes

 

It’s that time of the year again where we stop to enjoy family, friends and all the “goodies” offered to us!  As “2014” comes to a close, my wish for everyone is a Healthy & FUN Holiday plus taking some quality time for yourselves to reflect on all the wonderful gifts you have received this year and setting goals for “2015!”

 

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Healthy Awareness

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  October 27, 2014

Blogging with KT - Are You "Oiling" Your Knees/Hips with Warm-ups?
Blogging with KT - Are You "Oiling" Your Knees/Hips with Warm-ups?

Do you ignore statements about how to “be healthy?” Do you quickly turn the page or change the channel when you see and hear challenging facts about your health?  Or even worse, you read and listen about healthy choices and say, “I’m fine” when you know otherwise. Please DON’T IGNORE what your body is saying to you!


Our physical bodies are like machines, and with this in mind, I always tease my classes about oiling our knees and hips when we start with warm-up routines.

 

With all that said, let’s talk reality. Yes, it is definitely harder as we get older to keep our bodies and minds in a healthy state. Look at some strong statistics though. The most recent statistics of people living over 100 years of age is from Wikipedia in 2012 stating the number at 316,600. The United States has the most Centenarians, with Japan coming in second.  You have to say that the Doctors and media are getting through to some people.

 

What can seniors do and what should they be doing to enjoy more of a “Quality of Life” as they age? I have a few suggestions and would also like to hear from some of you who either know what to do or are experiencing that “Quality of Life” we all desire.

 

Remember these?  Stuck in the Groove with KT
Remember these? Stuck in the Groove with KT

I know some of you think I sound like a broken record. Remember when we were playing the 78’s and then the 45’s and the needle would have trouble getting out of a groove and keep repeating the same word or words? That’s me!  As I continually say in my classes and here on my Blog, “Movement is KEY to longevity and quality of life!” You’ll also hear me repeat the words of nutritionists, “we are what we eat.” Some kind of movement and eating right is essential to YOUR “Quality of Life.” In my Class Schedule each week I visit 6 Centers. I teach seniors 55+ to 95 years young. Some are in wheelchairs, others using walkers and the rest walk in on their own. It’s inspiring to see everyone moving to the beat or to their own beat. What is your choice of health?

 

To Your Health,

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Living With Pain

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  October 20, 2014

The statistics are high for people of all ages in the world who live with pain.  According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, a recent market research report indicated that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain.  I witness this on a daily basis in my aerobic classes.  Seniors 55+ attend my classes with back pain, knees that have been replaced or just worn out, and with arthritis, the most commonly reported pain.  In fact, on some days so many of my seniors who have arthritis have to sometimes sit down while participating in my class.  This is fine.   I always tell everyone to only move as much as they can.  What counts is “You walked in the door!”

Avondale
Avondale Participants Stand or Sit in KT's Classes
Avondale Participants Stand or Sit in KT's Classes

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AS WE CELEBRATE EACH DAY . . .

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  September 8, 2014

Blogging with KT
Blogging with KT

What a glorious way to start each new day in celebration of YOU. Being thankful for just “ONE THING” in your life at that moment when you first arise is a great way to start celebrating YOU!  We all know as we age, our minds and thoughts change along with our bodies as they, too, are often not as active.  So, it’s up to “us” to get into habits that will help us experience each day with a new appreciation!

Avondale Class 2014
Avondale Class 2014

For example, this past week I returned to Avondale Senior Center where in August of 2011 I started teaching Dance Aerobics every Wednesday to about 30 seniors, male and female of all ages. (I mention “all ages” because I have seniors in their 90’s in my classes!)  We moved over to the American Sports Center in Avondale a little over a year ago. More seniors joined us from the area and Dax & Erin, the Recreation Coordinators of the Avondale Senior Center, made sure they transported as many seniors as they could.  CareMore Insurance sponsored me at the American Sports Center and continues to sponsor me as we move back “home” to Avondale Senior Center.  I want to say how very grateful I am for CareMore sponsoring me not only there at the American Sports Center and here at the Avondale Senior Center but also every Monday morning at the Christown Mall in Phoenix. (Please see class schedule for more information.)

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JOINT EFFORT. . .

Should You Exercise When You Have Arthritis?

By Kt LaSalla ~ August 25, 2014

Picture of KT
Blogging with KT

So many 55+ adults have some form of arthritis and I see this evidence in my Dance Aerobic classes at the various centers where I teach. Let me share with you this fact. Their attendance percentages are high, even though they were experiencing pain before coming to class. They don’t let it stop them! They find relief and enhanced mobility in activity that requires movement. This is just another reason why it’s so important for people to find a class or activity that they enjoy AND look forward to attending!

 

In the magazine, “WebMD,” under Health Information, Stephanie Watson writes a very interesting and informative article about arthritis. She said, “Even a little movement can do your joints a lot of good.” Also in this article, Dorothy D. Dunlop, a PhD, Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology at Northwestern University says, “For people with arthritis, being physically active will help reduce pain and joint stiffness, increase strength and improve mobility.”

 

In light of the above, whether you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, or osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative condition, exercise can help. Let me repeat that – exercise can help! The first inclination when experiencing these symptoms is to avoid any kind of physical activity. However, by moving the effected part gently, you are helping to reduce the pain and/or stiffness. (This is why I always say to make sure you are taking a class where the instructor recommends “moving at your own pace.”)  Physical activities can reduce muscle loss, which is a common problem with RA, and in the case of OA, exercise helps take excess weight off stressed joints.

 

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Where Do Seniors Find Support . . .

Fitness Classes & Socializing

Posted by KT LaSalla ~ August 11, 2014

KT LaSalla
Blogging with KT

So often I hear about all the fun people have at their fitness classes. They meet many new people who enjoy similar activities and make new friends with those who frequent the same fitness classes.

 

In June I wrote, “How to Avoid Being a Couch Potato” (June 16, 2014, www.agelessaerobicdance.com/blog/). It had a list of Ideas for Everyday Movement. The third bullet talked about Moving while Socializing i.e., instead of just meeting a friend for coffee or lunch, why not add a walk in the park or a walk in the Mall.

 

My Virtual Assistant, Sherry Walter, who produces all these wonderful blogs for you with photos and illustrations (I just give her the body with the words), said: “KT, I had a chance to share with one of my health care professionals about using your wonderful Chair DVD to encourage movement in the arm with lymphedema, (see Sherry’s testimonial on my Service Page) but I wished I could transport you here to Ohio because I miss the social interaction and participation in your class.”

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Move It or Lose It . . .

How do you rate yourself on AGING?

Posted By KT LaSalla ~ August 4, 2014

Blogging with KT
Blogging with KT

Hi everyone! I missed you last month when I took July off from blogging to refresh and rejuvenate my mission for seniors, which is “spreading the word of the importance of moving every day for a healthy life!”

 

Do you know that we’re over the halfway mark to a new year? How are your healthy goals going for 2014?  I am so excited about the many “baby boomers” who create and participate in various activities! In many areas of the country you see all ages hiking, swimming, playing all kinds of sports, and just getting out there and “moving”!  Many people use a local mall to walk or exercise indoors, especially in areas of the country too hot or too cold to walk or exercise outdoors.  A lot of people walk the mall before it is officially open.  One of my classes is the perfect example.  Many of the seniors, who take my 9:00am Dance Aerobic class at a Mall in Phoenix, will walk the Mall prior to class as a warm-up!  Way to go class!

 

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July Is Off To A Great Start!

Posted by KT LaSalla ~ July 9, 2014

Westlake Village Inn, Southern California
Westlake Village Inn, Southern California

I just returned from beautiful Westlake Village Inn in Southern California where I assisted Joy Chudacoff, Business Coach for Women and Founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions, as she presented a retreat for some very smart women! I also assisted Eric Cosh, Videographer & Photographer, as he shot films and photos of the retreat for Joy. The weather was beautiful and please observe the view outside my room; definitely “aha moments!” It was truly a working “vacation!”

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Instant Gratification

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  June 23, 2014

What motivates you to get up in the morning and start your day feeling “really good?” Most of us are aware that we should stretch before and after exercising, but did you also know that stretching first thing in the morning gives you more energy and helps you to be better prepared for your day?  What a positive attribute to have as we begin each new day!

 

Before you read anymore...STOP and do this stretch with me. This will take only 30 seconds...stretch both arms out to the front then bend your elbows while bringing both hands to your waist. Now take a big breath in that position. Repeat that exercise. How do you feel? How do you think you'd feel after performing a series of stretches for a short period of time? Why did I say "STOP" because we all procrastinate and put off so much in our lives including exercising and stretching. SUCCESS = Setting Goals = Take Action = RESULTS. In other words, JUST DO IT and that's what YOU just did!

Jack LaLanne at 91  ~ Photo by http://www.jacklalanne.com/
Jack LaLanne at 91 ~ Photo by http://www.jacklalanne.com/
Today, we know for a fact that daily stretching and moderate exercise can increase your energy and overall health. Look at Jack LaLanne, who passed away in 2011 at the young age of 96. He emphasized the importance of exercise and stretching as part of his everyday life. Yes, he also practiced good eating habits along with his daily regimen and we’ll be covering nutrition in a future blog.

Just as stretching before you exercise will prepare your muscles for rigorous movement and stretching afterwards will relax and quiet your muscles for normal movement, it’s just as important to start each new day stretching or, as I like to call it, "waking up our muscles" in the morning since they have been lying dormant for hours.

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How To Avoid Being A "Couch Potato"

Posted by KT LaSalla ~ Monday, June 16, 2014

Fitness Coach Tom Manfredi
Tom Manfredi, Fitness Coach

After 14 years of studying 123,000 people, Fitness Coach Tom Manfredi of fitness-after-50.com says, “So, even if we get 60 minutes of exercise per day, then sit for the remaining 15 waking hours, that sitting MAY override the good benefits derived from the exercise."

 

I believe Tom Manfredi is opening our eyes to a realistic view we need to think about. We have all heard how sitting too many hours watching TV or doing nothing can negatively affect our triglycerides, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. These prolonged periods of sitting can also contribute to our organs shutting down or giving us concerns. Tom states that after researching different studies, “sitting could even lead to death!” Beware of becoming a “Couch Potato!”

Drink Plenty of Water         (Photo by Microsoft)
Drink Plenty of Water (Photo by Microsoft)

So many elderly people sit and watch TV or just sit forgetting to eat or hydrate themselves, preferably with water. This happened to my Mother and she had to be rushed to the hospital for an IV. After that she always kept one of those little bottles of water that's easy to handle with her. 

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Fitness Question: Play a Sport or Exercise?

June 9, 2014 ~ By KT LaSalla . . . . . . Leave A Comment Below

Question

Here is the big question this week! Your friend asks you, “would you rather play horseshoes or exercise, would you rather play tennis or exercise?” I hear a large majority of people telling me horseshoes, tennis, any kind of sport. Why, because it’s a fun time!!

 

With exercise most people think of work and/or pain. On the other hand, with playing a sport they think of fun! Let me now perform a little psychology on you. As noted in my earlier blog, I referred to exercise as a sport! With this in mind, when you exercise you should be having a good time, yes or no? Would more people attend a fitness center or gym if they thought of it as going and competing in a sport with other people and having FUN or would they just pay the monthly rate because they know this is the thing to do, though they rarely do go?

 

Biking

Let me ask you, how do you classify riding your bike? Is it an exercise or a sport? Parent.com talks about all the benefits of a bike for exercise. Wikipedia.org talks about the sport of Bicycle Racing.

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The Sport of Exercising Your Brain

Published May 28, 2014 ~ By KT LaSalla

Nola receives her diploma from Governor Sebelius
Nola , 98 years old, receives her diploma from Governor Sebelius -- Credit: goforthaysstate.com
Last week we looked at exercise as a "fun" sport.  This week we will take a peek at the sport of exercising our brains.

 

Fortunately, we seniors are a strong market today and the proof is in how much longer we are living.  Just read AARP's magazine or go online to any of the websites for seniors.  Every day you see all the activities targeted for seniors on how to keep active plus how to better ourselves as we expand into our later years with numerous achievements like going to college, going back to work either for a company or as an Entrepreneur, and even showing leadership in important foundations or political matters in the world.  Look at Nola Ochs.  She is officially noted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to receive a bachelor's degree in History at the seasoned age of 95 and a master's degree at the age of 98.  Awesome!

KT and Students Exercising Their Brains Varying the Movement Combinations
Exercise Your Brain by Varying Your Movement Combinations
As we see from Nola, it is important that we exercise our brains as well as our bodies by playing games, doing crossword puzzles, and all kinds of activities that make us think and challenge our brains.  Even when teaching my dance aerobic classes, I always do movement combinations in our dance routines so that we're exercising our brains as well as our bodies!

 

In conclusion, if you, as a senior, are already playing a role in what I describe as the "unbeatable ageless generation" and have found your path to follow, then my role as the "Fitness Expert for Seniors" is to present all kinds of sports as we move our bodies and our brains toward a happy and healthy way of life.

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AS WE CELEBRATE EACH DAY . . .

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  September 8, 2014

Blogging with KT
Blogging with KT

What a glorious way to start each new day in celebration of YOU. Being thankful for just “ONE THING” in your life at that moment when you first arise is a great way to start celebrating YOU!  We all know as we age, our minds and thoughts change along with our bodies as they, too, are often not as active.  So, it’s up to “us” to get into habits that will help us experience each day with a new appreciation!

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