Exercise and dementia

Of course, we all know that exercise is generally good for us, but that doesn’t necessarily make us get moving! Still the messages about the powerful impacts of exercise keep on coming. We recently came across this study into the effects of exercise on dementia in seniors. Not only can exercise make you feel more alert – it can help to keep you that way! It can be hard to get enough exercise into our days. There are always too many other things getting in the way: things to do, to watch, to eat! Or maybe we don’t feel up to it, or lack the energy. Or the weather is bad. Joining a traditional gym is not the answer for many of us – but maybe a different kind of gym, like you’ll find at Renaissance, could be the answer? It’s gentle, safe and fun – and ideal for anyone over 50 who is not used to regular exercise or who has mobility problems such as arthritis. Why not pop along for a free consultation and try it out for yourself?  ... read more

Open for business!

The motor-assisted machines  take the strain and allow you to gently ease yourself into a regular exercise routine. You can sit back and relax as the machines ease you into the exercise, but they also respond to your effort by providing resistance to tone and strengthen muscles as well as burn calories. As you improve the challenge increases. This method is ideally suited to anyone not used to regular exercise, recovering from operations or injuries, or with mobility problems caused by arthritis, for example. The new fitness centre, unique in the area, is the dream of Helen Madzokere, a consultant physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience, much of it within the NHS. She admits to a passion for the preventative, rather than reactive, approach to health care, explaining: “For years, I’ve wanted to help people with mobility or other health issues to feel better. Now I can do so in my own fitness centre.” The open day on 26th October 2012 was attended by Bob Jones, chair of the Canterbury City Centre Partnership who said, “It’s great to see new initiatives aimed at improving and maintaining the health of residents and I wish every success to Helen and her team. I can see this centre being very popular with a lot of our citizens who would be put off by regular gyms.” In addition to the motor-assisted machines, the centre also offers aromatherapy, sports massage and acupuncture and AlphaStim treatments. Helen advises three visits of between 30 and 40 minutes a week to see results and says the machines will particularly benefit older people and those with mobility difficulties. GP referrals are also welcome.... read more

The benefits of exercise

We know you’ve heard it all before, but it bears telling again! Regular exercise has been proven to maintain or restore most aspects of health, and if you want to live a long and independent life then building opportunities to exercise into your daily routine is essential. If you’re already suffering from chronic disease or the effects of an injury then exercise can help you cope more effectively and recover more quickly. Here’s how and why! Heart conditions and diseases: Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. These effects keep your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes. Mood: Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Exercise boosts energy:  Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. It also helps the body to produce feel good chemicals to reduce depression and some types of pain. Exercise promotes better sleep: Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, deepen and lengthen your sleep, giving you the much needed renewal for a new day. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. The bone, joint and muscle system: Regular exercise can increase bone density and reduce the risk of... read more

Fitness for Work

FITNESS FOR WORK Employers and employees can now benefit from Renaissance Healthy Lifestyle Solutions’ Fitness for Work programme. The Fitness for Work programme includes assessment by  qualified physiotherapists with post graduate training in Occupational Health and occupational therapists. The assessment includes: Physical Assessment of the person’s musculoskeletal condition Job/Task analysis Work-site ergonomic assessment Risk assessment Record of Assessment: The employer will get a comprehensive report of Diagnosis and related work place issues Recommendations for healthy working options Advice on self-care and steps to reduce aggravating factors. Functional Capacity Evaluation and Rehabilitation    Assess a person’s work and functional ability Design  and provide a rehabilitation programme aimed at restoring an employee’s functional capacity. Identifies any barriers to their recovery Provide recommendations for relevant treatment.... read more