In our last issue, we asked members how they have modified their fitness routine to stay active as they age. Here are some of the tips for healthy fitness. Always talk to your regular physician before starting an exercise program.
- There are several options for low-impact cardio that add some fun to fitness. These include yoga, tai chi, line dancing and square dancing.
- A simple balance exercise has you resting one hand on the back of a chair, placing your other hand on the opposite hip. Then lift your right leg, slightly bending your right knee, and hold it in place for a count of 10. Switch legs and repeat. Try to do this 10 times with each leg.
- For those who have a hard time getting down on the floor, do a modified pushup by leaning face-forward against the wall.
- Without tilting your head forward or backward, slowly and gently turn your head to the right until you feel a slight stretch, then hold in place for 10 to 30 seconds. Do the same turning to the left. Repeat three times in each direction.
Stone fruit FACTS
Right now, stone fruits (named after the large, hard seed at their center) are at the peak of freshness and provide our families with perfectly pitted snacks, desserts, vitamin C and antioxidants. Here are a few more fun facts about the season’s sweetest shareables.
- The state of Georgia produces more than 40 commercial varieties of peaches.
- There are more than 140 varieties of plums sold in the United States.
- Over 95% of the apricots sold in America come from the San Joaquin Valley in California.
- The first peaches were cultivated in western China and Tibet nearly 4,000 years ago. Peaches still hold a special place in Chinese culture and are a traditional birthday gift in that country.