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Most old people have fragile bones so a fall >> broken hip >> death.
What was the cause of death? Hip? Fall? Weak bones? Or their lifestyle habits (including eating) that led to weak bones? How many people check their bone density _before_ there's a problem?!
Posture is key to balance and fall prevention. You see older people with arched backs, which throws off their center of gravity. Weak eyes and arched backs lead to looking down, instead of straight out at the horizon, which impairs balance.
Core strength is key to balance too. If too weak, you can't maintain good balance, so move slow to stay stable, and lose fast twitch muscle ability so cannot catch yourself instantly. Back muscles strength is commonly neglected, which leads to arched back, looking down, loss of balance, etc. Arthritis and trashed joints from prior activities in life also contribute to poor mobility, balance and falls. For example, arthritic hands >> do little with hands >> poor arm & shoulder strength >> lower load on core muscles >> weak core & back >> arched back & poor balance >> ....
So, play is nice - if it keeps your core & back muscles in good shape. But that's only muscles. And muscles need to be stressed to near capacity (resistance training) to grow, which fun play may not achieve. I like the balance on the rope. Play that includes stretching is good too. Plain FUN is great stress relief, which benefits many parts of the body and brain and promotes overall health.
Keeping sharp eyes, hard bones and adequate muscles requires proper nutrition and a good GI tract. When people do less with age, their appetite goes down, bringing deficiencies. A handful of calcium/day won't fix this. You need a # of minerals and vitamins to maintain healthy bones, plus physically stressing them. And if your hormones are off, muscle will be hard to maintain and impossible to grow - you just get weaker and weaker. And maybe fatter & fatter too, depending on specifics.
Getting great stuff down your throat is useless if its not absorbed in the GI tract. Stomach acid commonly declines with age, reducing uptake of minerals. And people commonly use antiacids, which destroys acidity and digestion. Digestive enzymes sometimes decline with age, which are easily supplemented.
Bottom line is: there's no magic bullet or magic exercise or magic product or magic action - the body is a complex system so health is no better than its weakest part. There is no escape from this health fact.
Stephen is an amazing man, there is also a full video located:http://neverleavetheplayground.com
Wow! Just what we have been looking for. Marc, I sent an email to GB about my brother. We urgently need this DVD or even Stephen to design a program for him, since I think the doctors have taken it as far as they can go with tests and meds. Thank you so much.
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for sharing Stephen's story. I'm from Portugal and I have a masters in Psychomotor Rehabilitation (Specialized in Early Intervention) - or as you may or may not heard of, Psychomotricity. For those of you that don't know what this is, mainly because it's not that known in the US, it's exactly what Stephen does, but applied to all ages and pathologies. We take the human development (either normal or abnormal) and make intervention programs based on playing activities. What we usually think as playing, or games or something as simple as a ball throw, has so much potential that it actually is key to the human development. We use that philosophy not only in people without pathologies or disabilities, but also - and is very effective- with all-aged people with disabilites (from light to severe).So, watching the video, and after spending months and months trying to raise awareness for psychomotricity in the USA, I was literally screaming "This is it! This is what I do!". So, again, thank you, Growing Bolder and thank you Stephen.This helps raise awareness to different and effective ways of helping everyone be better and live better lives.
What an inspiration you are! It would be great if you offered retreats so those of us not nearly as active could jump start their program and learn about things they could do in their own homes. I would like to be one of the first to attend if you do. Thanks for sharing.
What a fascinating man. Now if he only had some enthusiasm!!
great story. I teach Physical Education for grades K-5. We use a lot of what he does in what we call our SMIl E Lab. SMILE stands for Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment. We use it as a tool to help students become better readers.
Thank you Marc for your response, I am really looking forward to getting the DVD...inspiration is what I need, and this will be my motivation.
Hi Janet and Bev! Thanks for your comments. I will pass them on to Stephen and I know he'll be thrilled and will respond. He is actually in the process of designing a series of DVD's with instructions and help anyone.
Stephen...this is very inspiring! I love the variety your keep fit program offers, have you written an instruction book to set up your exercises? It would be a great thing, I can see starting a MeetUp group where people can get together to all get healthy in mind and body. I am 69 and need inspiration to get moving. Hopefully you will read this and inspire you to SPREAD you information by creating a book...or even a PDF of instructions.Thanks for your inspirationBev Ostrom