Vintage Fitness Blog

Cottage workouts- no equipment needed

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 07/21/2017
If we are lucky we are able to spend some time at a cottage over the summer. It is easy for our days to be full of sitting, eating and drinking which can leave us feeling tired, stiff and demotivated during and after the summer. The next 3 weeks I have developed a cottage workout for people over 50 using only things normally found at cottages such as paddles, Muskoka chairs and rocks. Each workout has a cardiovascular, leg strength and upper body strength part to them.

How to stay active while on holiday

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 07/14/2017
It is the middle of July and most of us are either on holiday or planning it. It is easy to convince ourselves that we deserve a break from both our every day stresses and exercise. The amount of conditioning the you will lose with a break from exercise depends on how fit you currently are. About.com has a great article called "move it or lose it" that describes how rest affects beginning exercisers and seasoned athletes differently.

Top tips for supporting your aging parents to exercise

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 07/07/2017
Over the last 12 years of running Vintage Fitness we have worked as part of a support team for frail older adults and seen the challenges that supporting aging parents can bring. Here are a few tips that I have seen over the years to think about if you are hoping to build your parents strength, stamina and flexibility with exercise.

Happy Canada Day- Healthly Eating Tips at Your Party

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 06/30/2017
I wish you and your family all of the best this Canada day long weekend. There will be lots of parties and events to mark the important birthday. I know many of you are trying to make positive choices with how you live your life by moving more often and eating lots of foods that nourish your body. My daughter asked me today how she can be social on Canada Day but still eat healthy so here goes:
Posted In: Aging Well, Nutrition

A new way to stretch for active agers with wrist issues

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 06/23/2017
This is the last week of a six week blog series teaching active agers how to use foam rollers and hard balls to get deep stretches. Wrist pain and weakness is a common issue for clients that can stop them from doing certain floor based exercises. This post gives a few stretches for the wrists and forearms to alleviate pain and gives a few ways to modify traditional exercises to make them easier for clients with wrist issues.

A new way to stretch for active agers - Deep stretches without getting on the floor

Posted by: Erin Billowits Posted Date: 06/16/2017
This is the fifth week of a six week blog series teaching active agers how to use foam rollers and hard balls to get deep stretches. Most of the foam roller stretches are done on the floor so I wanted to cover some ways to deeply stretch and get knots out of your muscles without having to go down to the floor. In the videos below I use a small hard ball (tennis or lacrosse ball) against the wall to release the often tight muscles of the upper back and hips.

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