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Extreme Physical Exercise for Older Adults

Consistent activity is a hallmark of healthy living. Do you help to protect yourself against the onset of many critical conditions, including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure?

Stretching, yoga, and walks around the block are a bit low key for some older folks who are up to being challenged physically. Have you had enough slow walks around the block? Maybe you would like to join in with some of the over 90 division seniors. Here are their stories. Congratulations to them all!

Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old man from Surprise, Arizona, became the world record holder in the bench press for the 90+ division. He set the mark by hoisting 187.5 pounds at the National Push-Pull Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships. This feat stands alone as an amazing accomplishment, but is even more eye-opening knowing that Sy, a World War II veteran, had to leave the sport for a year to recuperate after surgery to fix a hernia and insert a pacemaker.”

Harold Bach, a recent competitor at the Minnesota Senior Games. A native of North Dakota, the 93-year-old was the oldest participant at the competition, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the field. Harold took gold medals in all his events, sweeping the 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. Like Sy, Harold is a veteran of World War II, and is also a cancer survivor.”

92-year-old Karin Conradi of Edmonton, Alberta, stays active through a rigorous routine at the gym with a trainer. She keeps her muscles strong with sit-ups, planks, squats and push-ups once a week, which enables her to continue to live an unencumbered life. She recently ripped out her carpet by herself and trimmed some bushes around the house. Her exercise has undoubtedly helped her overall wellness; she still drives safely, and takes just a single medication.”

Now, don’t go doing this just because we said it is impressive. Please first consult your physician. Slow walks around the block are best for some. But if you are not satisfied with that style, then go for it under the care of your medical professionals.

Home Care Assistance advocates physical activity for all of our clients as part of our Balanced Care Method approach to healthy longevity; we know the difference it makes in improving overall quality of life.

A caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help you remain comfortable in your home as you age. Learn more about how we incorporate exercise into our personalized care plans tailored to the needs of each client.

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The Balanced Care Method™, exclusive to Home Care Assistance, is based on the scientifically studied lifestyle choices of the longest and healthiest living population on earth: the seniors of the Okinawa region of Japan. Life spans of over 100 years are not unusual in Okinawa.

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