Geriatric health | Holistic Physical Therapy

Staying Healthy and Fit into Older Age

Staying Healthy and Fit into Older Age 2332 3504 Jennifer Lane

My husband and I and now my kids love mountain biking. In Colorado we are able to ride 3 seasons out of the year and there are trails all over the place! I had a patient a few years ago… he was 82 and still mountain biking. And not just on the Cherry Creek Bike Path. He was riding from the top of Kenosha Pass to the top of Georgia Pass! He was my hero. As I get older, I strive to be as healthy and capable as he was. Staying healthy is not a passive process and its not always an easy one either. And there is not one way to do it. But I follow a simple formula and try to stick with it consistently, day in and day out. I love my ice cream and glass of wine too! There are 4 areas that I focus on:
1. Nutrition
2. Exercise
3. Sleep
4. Managing Stress

1. Nutrition: It’s pretty straight forward. I eat 3 meals per day plus lots of healthy snacks to fill the gaps. I take high quality supplements daily to fill any nutrition gaps. These supplements are a multi-vitamin, an anti-oxidant and an Omega-3. I use doTerra’s Lifelong Vitality Pack and have it delivered monthly. My husband and I split the month’s supply and have felt great since starting to take them.
2. Exercise: I move daily. I walk or cycle every day. I used to run 5-6 days per week but have found that I just don’t enjoy it as much as I used to. So I walk instead. And I ride my bike to work. As I have gotten older, I have started focusing on more strength training classes to keep my muscle mass up.
3. Sleep: I love sleeping! And to ensure that I get to sleep fast and stay asleep, I use essential oils. My routine is to put Serenity on my chest and Vetiver on my head. We also diffuse a combo of these in our room. When sleep is more difficult, I take the Serenity supplement, thus avoiding prescription sleep aids. It’s magical how well this works!
4. Managing Stress: And finally, how do I manage stress? Well, I’ve already mentioned a couple ways I manage stress. One, is by getting a good night’s sleep, the other is by staying healthy. And lastly,I create an environment at work and at home that is relaxing. We have diffusers in most rooms in our house and at any given time, we have different essential oils going. Our olfactory system is amazing at triggering pleasure centers in our brain that can calm us down or make us feel better.
For more info on supplements, essential oils and how you can incorporate them into your healthy habits, contact me at Also, I will be holding classes on Natural Solutions for healthy living in July and August. I will go over these 4 categories of good health with you. Email me today to sign up for one of these classes.
Thursday July 26th at 1pm
Thursday August 9th at 1pm
Classes held at Holistic PT at 6650 W. 44th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Want to host your own class for you and your friends? Email me and we can set that up!

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