Falling is Not an Inevitable Result of Aging

As we age, the risk of falling increases greatly.  According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in four Americans  65+ fall each year and every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.  Further, every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.  Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.  With or without injury, falls carry a heavy impact on quality of life; the fear of falling can cause older adults to limit activities and social engagements which lead to further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and a feeling of helplessness.  However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging.  Some falls can be prevented and the risks can be minimized when we understand some of the common causes of falls and take action. 

Here are some of the risk factors for older adults:

1)  A decline in physical fitness:  As we age, we lose strength, muscle mass and balance… all of which increase the risk of falling.  A fitness program to increase mobility, functional strength and balance are key in preventing falls.

2)  Environmental factors:  Poor lighting, rain, ice, toys and other clutter on the floor, and area rugs that do not lie flat all increase one’s risk of falling.  A good falls prevention program can make you aware of these risk factors and can help you develop strategies for minimizing these risks.

3)  Medications:   Many medications have side effects that cause low blood pressure, dizziness, and even drowsiness.  Sometimes these side effects are made worse when multiple medications are being taken.  Talk to your physician about reducing the impact of such medications.

4) Chronic Diseases:  Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and even Arthritis can increase the risk of falling.  Progression of these diseases often results in physical limitations and inactivity.  A falls prevention program will address mobility and balance issues, offer tips for improving and maintaining strength,  and can make you aware of environmental issues that can increase your risk of falling. 

The takeaway … stay fit, stay alert, and know the side effects of all of your medications.  Many falls can be prevented.

-Bonita Bay Club Fitness Center

If you like the elliptical, you should love the Vario

By Andrew Miller
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
BS in Exercise Science

Have you tried the Vario yet? It’s one of my favorite pieces of cardio equipment, but it doesn’t seem as popular in our gym as it is in other gyms. My guess is that most people are so used to the elliptical that they just don’t give the Vario a shot, but here’s what sets the Vario apart from the elliptical and other pieces of cardio equipment.

It is called the Vario because it allows for various movements and various stride accommodations. It can be used as an elliptical, a stepper or an arc trainer/strider..it’s three machines in one. If you like the elliptical, you should love the Vario. It takes the elliptical movement and makes it less mechanical; it smooths it out. It also adapts to different stride lengths for people of different heights.

If you haven’t tried the Vario, give it a go!

Meet Diana Dull

Dianna graduated from Lima Technical College with an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant in 1996. She practiced Physical Therapy in Texas for 19 years before moving back to Florida. She has extensive  training in Myofascial Release, Massage, and Pilates (both mat and  reformer) and Yoga. Dianna takes a gentle, yet effective mind/body/spirit approach to healing.


The Rally to Race

Hi everyone! I haven’t touched a tennis racquet for a week so today it was time to get back in action. Right across from Arthur Ashe Stadium is the Mercedes Benz car display set and they invited fans to play tennis simulator games. I played the Rally to Race game. The challenge of the game was to avoid hitting the moving red circle but to come as close to it as possible. The goal was to make the car at the bottom race to the other side and collect points. 

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/VYZT4jJnFOw

Dominique Levin
Assistant Director of Sports

You’ve got TIME

As the most progressive major of all four, the US Open is adding a new feature almost every year. One new addition this year is the serve clock. 

Every match court has one for singles and doubles and players are getting used to seeing the seconds tick down as they prepare for their match.

Between points the chair umpire starts the 25-second clock right after or a few seconds after the previous point has finished.

Some players, like Nick Kyrgios, don’t even come close to using the 25 seconds. But I notice most players let it tick down to 10 or 8 seconds before they start their service motion. Many say they are relieved to see how much time they have left before they need to serve.

We don’t have a serve clock ticking at Bonita Bay Club but taking your time before you serve has huge benefits.

I sometimes see players rushing from point to point without slowing down to connect with their partner or think about the serve strategy for the next point. Rushing makes you physically and mentally tired. 

Remember, just like the pros, you have 25 seconds to plan your next point and establish team unity with your partner.

Skipping that part can make you anxious and unsure. Catch your breath and slow down.

This might be a game changer for your fall matches this season.

-Dominique Levin
Assistant Director of Sports