Archive for the ‘Fitness for Seniors’ Category

Sitting is the new smoking …

richard-louvRichard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He is the author of eight books, including “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” which have been translated into 12 languages and published in 17 countries.

Sitting is the new smoking. That’s a useful new buzz-phrase for what some health experts are calling the “pandemic of inactivity.” Continue reading

Mental health benefits of a walk in the park

Toronto, CANADA – A walk in the park may have psychological benefits for people suffering from depression.

In one of the first studies to examine the effect of nature walks on cognition and mood in people with major depression, researchers in Canada and the U.S. have found promising evidence that a walk in the park may provide some cognitive benefits.

The study was led by Marc Berman, a post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, with partners from the University of Michigan and Stanford University. It is published online this week, ahead of print publication, in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Continue reading

Time For a Seniors Wellness Park?

I know it sounds a little strange, as we’re used to building play areas for children, but with the dramatic growth in the 60+ (Boomer) population, it might be time to start thinking about building a recreation area for elders. Continue reading