My Poor Knees

As a member of the Atlanta Track Club Women’s competitive team and a teacher who lifts and aids students with disabilities, I have more than my share of wear and tear on my joints and muscles. I just recently experienced a setback with a diagnosis of Runner’s Knee and arthritis in both knees. I am beginning to realize that just like brakes in a car, your joints also have a shelf life! Taking care of your body and mind should be a priority throughout the year. There are proven practices that will help your body from wearing out! I caught some good advice from some individuals who are very knowledgeable in this area! I went to an Atlanta Track Club member’s New Year’s Day party and gravitated towards the Masters Runners who are [...]

Let’s Dance!

When I was young, I always wanted to dance. I danced in my room, backyard, in front of the television, and wherever I could without driving my parents, brother, and our poor dog crazy. Music was always important to me, and it still is today. I finally took my first, official dance class two years ago. I looked around, eyeing up the other (much younger) participants, but my nervousness and awkwardness soon dissipated and wow… what a release! Dance is a great outlet for anyone, even for individuals who use scooters or power wheelchairs. Research shows that dance can be a HUGE stress reliever—and it’s an excellent workout too! Please keep in mind that it took me about 20 years to get myself out on the dance floor for a class. If [...]

Nutrition for the Elderly

This guest post was contributed by Forest Healthcare; specialist in care homes, nursing homes and residential homes for the elderly. Whether we like it or not, people start aging from the day that they are born. The good news is we are constantly being told that people are living longer. It is predicted that soon 23% of the population will be over 65 and 10% of these people will be over 75! So faced with the inevitable, what can we do to help ourselves and hopefully prevent some of the effects that aging has on the body? The World Health Organization had to come up with a classification of age so decided that people aged between 45 and 59 are middle aged, you are elderly between the ages of 60 and 74 and when you turn 75 you are just [...]

Let’s Get Positive!

Depression can creep up on you like a silent rainstorm brewing. The seasonal changes can also play a big part. When you leave for work in the darkness and return in darkness, life seems a little… gloomy, quite frankly! Let’s fight those dreary, sad feelings with some mood lifting techniques.  I tried to find some strategies other than the usual “get your eight hours of sleep”.  Medications can help, but they are not cheap and may cause side effects. How do you disengage yourself from those lackluster feelings? Getting outside can be a chore sometimes, but it can tremendously elevate your mood. emphasized this important concept on their website. You will reap the benefits, whether you are sitting outside [...]

5 Tasty Low Carb Recipes

January is the time that people begin to watch what they eat and recover from the heavy meals of the holidays. Try eating a low carb diet and pairing it with an active lifestyle as it can really help you shed some pounds.  Here are some of my favorite recipes that I've found across the web. Side Dish: “Better than Potatoes” Cheesy Cauliflower Puree This recipe substitutes cauliflower for the potatoes to make for a low carbohydrate mashed “potatoes” recipe. The smart substitution makes the side contain only 148 calories and 4 grams of net carbs. Check out the recipe here. Appetizer/Entrée: Slow Cooked Chili Mac This slow-cooked pasta favorite takes about 5 hours to make, but it tastes incredible and packs about 18 carbs in [...]

How To Clean and Disinfect Your Mobility Scooter

So I was on the way back from the gym, using a shortcut on my mobility scooter that took me through an unused parking lot. Before I realized what I was dealing with, I’d run over a couple of cigar-shaped pieces of goose droppings. It brought to mind rubber gloves and cleaners. Not my favorite subject, but something I have to deal with on a regular basis now, especially with all the viruses associated with winter. So, how do you go about sanitizing a mobility scooter? How often do you need to do it, and how do you make sure it is germ-free? With all the time I spend on my scooter, the times I have ridden it to the dinner table to eat and the times I haven't quite made it to the bathroom, I never once gave it a thought about how [...]

How to Set Realistic New Years Resolutions

The New Year is a time to reflect and set goals for the next twelve months. This is a great time to look back and evaluate big decisions and determine whether they were bad judgments or stellar decisions, deserving of a pat on the back. So if you haven't already, take about a couple hours this week, sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, and get your notebook out from the drawer. Focus your thoughts and get on track to improve your life for the next year. The first step is to create an annual self-evaluation chart with three columns. The first column will include “Major, Important Decisions” you made in your life this past year. This may take some time to deliberate, because the beginning of the year may be pretty fuzzy. Title the second [...]

How and Why You Should Aim for Lower Cholesterol in 2013

Now that we have all said our goodbyes to 2012; the New Year is upon us, and I’m sure many of you have made resolutions to eat and live healthier in 2013. I know I have some personal health goals I’d like to meet this year including lowering my “bad” cholesterol levels. Lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels might be a great resolution to work on because of its serious health implications. Due to its chemical makeup, high amounts of LDL leads to plaque clogging arteries and atherosclerosis, putting you at risk for heart problems down the road. A few ways that LDL can be lowered is through losing weight, changing your diet, doing cardiovascular exercise such as racing or swimming, quitting smoking habits, and interestingly enough, [...]

When Working Out is an Exercise in Patience

Getting around in the winter is a little more challenging than during the rest of the year, and I am beginning to learn what this means for the mobility challenged. I recently joined the ranks of "gym rats" in hopes of getting more exercise. Besides losing weight and building strength, my real desire is to increase my flexibility and getting some movement into my all-but-petrified legs. I have a gym located exactly one mile from my condo. It is a mile I can travel safely on my mobility scooter and because my three-wheel Pride Go-Go Elite can adroitly get in and around fitness equipment for easy transfer from my mobility scooter. But now I am finding the real trick is keeping myself warm for the one mile trip. I need to negotiate [...]

Don’t Let Holiday Dinners Put You in a Heavy-Duty Scooter

As the holidays approach, I feel the need to give everyone a friendly warning. Two of the biggest feast days of the year, back-to-back in the space of little more than a month, are hurtling toward us. Gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (sometimes much more) during the holidays. Worse, we tend to keep it permanently. Before you're forced onto a heavy-duty mobility aid, don't let the holidays sabotage your weight. You can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy celebrating guilt-free. After all, being stuffed is only a good idea if you are a turkey! Get Active Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before [...]