Want to maintain a healthy brain? Exercise could be the key!


According to research published in PLOS Biology, structural deterioration of the brain associated with old age can be eased by long-term aerobic exercise such as; riding a bike, swimming, jogging, and walking,  especially when starting these activities in mid-life.

As stated in this article and countless others, frailty and cognitive decline tend to accompany aging, and exercise is known to combat them. How this works is not completely understood, but the development of dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease has been linked with physical inactivity.

The study involves a close look at mice and how long term aerobic activity improves brain function and how it links to humans as well.

Have a look at this article which can hopefully encourage everyone to get active, as it may have more benefits then you may actually think.


Ronnie Birkland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Balance & Mobility Specialist





The number of people over the age of 60 will double by 2050!

We as a society need to start thinking a little differently about aging…don’t you think?

Here is the new main message from the World Health Organization:

“Today, most people, even in the poorest countries, are living longer lives. But this is not enough. We need to ensure these extra years are healthy, meaningful and dignified. Achieving this will not just be good for older people, it will be good for society as a whole.”

This new report determined that, contrary to popular belief, longer lives do not necessarily equal healthier lives. Unlike previous generations at the same age, added years are not being experienced in better health, but they could be and they should be.  This article states that more must be done to reject the stereotype that older people are frail and dependent. Especially is Western Society, there is too much emphasis on the burden that older people place on society and too little on their ability to contribute.  Many of our older population can still work, volunteer and help society be a better place for everyone.

The article says countries should focus less on controlling the costs of caring for older people and do more to help them do the things that matter to them – especially women, who make up the majority of older people and shoulder much of the burden of caring for family and the less able.

But what’s most important in my eyes, is for an older adult to remain a contributing  factor to our society, they must remain strong, fit, healthy and engaged in our community.  Becoming active , joining a gym or exercise program,  walking, volunteering, eating right and regular doctor visits will all assist in making your later years even more memorable and full of wonderful experiences.

Ronnie Birkland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S.E.A.L Mobile Balance & Mobility Community Program for Seniors

Want To Live Longer? A Daily Dose Of Light Activity Could Be The Key!

Get more active and live longer…simple!  

Older adults across North America spend 65-80% of their waking time being sedentary, so replacing an hour with light activity could have a positive health impact.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the University of Sydney in Australia , adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity – such as brisk walking – every week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days each week.   It is very important to understand that you can break up your exercise sessions in 10 minute increments throughout the week, if necessary, and it will still have all the same health amazing benefits.

This article states that: ‘Inactivity is a bigger health problem than previously thought’

The research discovered that replacing 1 hour of sitting each day with just standing still results in a 5% decrease in risk of early death.  However, when 1 hour of walking or exercising each day was replaced with sitting or some other sedentary behavior, research found a 13-17% increase in early death risk.   This is a very interesting statistic to understand and consider.   Replacing just 1 hour of sitting with some light activity can make all the difference in the world in becoming healthier, in turn helping you to live longer.  And when you live longer, you get to make more memories with your loved ones and have more experiences in life.

Engaging in a program such as S.E.A.L Balance & Mobility exercise program could be the perfect activity to help you live a longer, healthier life.


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There is no better time to get active then now!

Improve Balance, prevent falls by playing catch?


The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In one of the new studies, researchers asked a group of healthy young adults to stand and catch a medicine ball. In the second study, they asked the same of a group of healthy older adults.

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Want to be Healthier and Happier in your 3rd age: TRY VOLUNTEERING!

Research shows that older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling – they are also receiving a health boost!

A new study, led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences and published online in Psychological Bulletin, take a broad-brush look at all the available peer-reviewed evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits of formal volunteering for older adults.

Key findings from this new study:
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Morning may the best time for older adults to get stuff done!



A recent study that suggests older adults whose cognition is tested in the morning – their optimal time of day – perform better on cognitive tasks.  The researchers from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences and the University of Toronto say: “Time of day really does matter when testing older adults  This particular age group is more focused and better able to ignore distraction in the morning than in the afternoon.” Author of this article, John Anderson and his colleagues note that their study provides the strongest evidence yet that there are measurable differences throughout the day in brain function for older adults. To read the full study and testing procedures:  just click on this link

If you can take one thing away from this new study to implement into your daily life, it is to schedule mentally taxing activities in the morning  for best results.   Have a wonderful day! Ronnie Birkland SEAL Mobile Recreation:   www.sealmobilerecreation.com

New study links lack of sleep to increased cognitive decline for seniors


Everyone knows the importance of sleep at any age.  But this new study from Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore discovered a correlation from shortened sleep and an annual incremental decline in global cognitive performance in the aging population.

This particular study discovered that “for every hour of reduced sleep duration, the researchers found an incremental annual expansion of the brain ventricles and an annual incremental decline in global cognitive performance”.

Paying attention to your sleep patterns and finding ways to increase the length of your sleep to at least 7 hours a night just might be a great way to maintain your cognitive health.

Check out this article to further explain this study:


Have a wonderful Day!

Ronnie Birkland:  SEAL Mobile Recreation



Fall Prevention Information

                         Did you know that every year, one in three Canadian seniors will fall at least once?

According to Health Canada, hip fractures are the most common type of fall injury among seniors, and about 20 percent of injury-related deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall.  This is a very important stat to respect and take very seriously.

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Moderate Exercise can Reduce Mortality Rates in Elderly Men

Did you know that elderly men that have high blood pressure can lower their risk of death with even moderate levels of fitness? Well it can according to new research found in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

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Did you know Red Wine and Green Tea can help to fight off Alzheimer’s!


small-happy-sealGreen tea and red wine in moderation have been shown to make the heart stronger and can also be used a possible  weapon against cancer. But now brand new research shows that certain compounds found in both red wine and green tea may help  fend off Alzheimer’s disease.

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Lets Take A Look At 5 Common Myths About Exercising In Your Older Years


Studies from all over world have proven time and time again that exercising especially in your older years has positive impact on your health, mood, and over all well-being.  Of course, one can be reluctant to participate in an exercise program due to an illness, previous falls and other health problems.  Many people also believe that they are too weak, frail or old to exercise. No matter the ability, age or health problem, everyone can benefit from an exercise program.

Exercise can give you more energy, reduce daily stress, help with pain and maintain your independence.  You don’t have to be engaged in tough, exhausting, long bouts of exercise.  Just create a safe and appropriate exercise routine that meets your needs with a local fitness professional or your physiotherapist.  Remember to be consistent, but also have fun and know that every time you participate in physical activity, you are doing your body a huge favor by becoming healthier, stronger and happier.

Here are 5 myths surrounding fitness and the aging population according to the www.helpguide.org website in the Exercise and Fitness Over 50 article:

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