Marlborough Mid-Week : April 15th 2015
NEWS MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, APRIL 15, 2015 19 Exercise beneficial to older people By JENNIFER WATSON When it comes to your muscles it’s very much a case of use it or lose it. This is true for everyone and a new review has shown that even older people should exercise to build muscle – even in their 80s – as it will help with everyday tasks. According to professor Chiung- Ju Liu from the occupational therapy department at Indiana University, ageing and the loss of muscle strength is a gradual process. ‘‘Older adults may not realise they are losing muscle strength and this loss may force them to give up things they used to do. ‘‘They give up little by little, first making fewer trips for grocery shopping, cooking less often and then taking fewer showers. The next thing you know they are far down the path to disablement,’’ she says. Exercise programmes help older adults build muscle strength and maintain their independence. ‘‘Simply having enough strength to do things such as carrying groceries makes a difference to their lives,’’ Chiung-Ju says. WhilE regular exercise used to be considered a risk factor for arthritis, causing wear and tear on the joints, there is growing evidence that exercise can prevent joint problems by building up the muscles that protect joints. Strong leg muscles help support knee and hip joints, helping to relieve pain and stiffness. Strengthening muscles helps prevent falls. Strong leg muscles help improve balance and mobility, enable people to walk more sure footedly, get up from their chair and climb stairs more easily. Even with other health conditions, almost everyone, even in their 80s, can do some gentle exercise to improve their muscle strength, she says. Exercise does not have to be an inconvenience. It’s an opportunity. And many muscle strengthening exercises can be done sitting down. ‘‘Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t.’’ ❚ Jennifer Watson is the director of Aircycle Exerciser, which provides indoor exercise and is available from pharmacies, Access Mobility and Arthritis New Zealand, or visit aircycle.co.nz. Direct orders earn $5 for Arthritis NZ. Call 04 569 5013. Doing exercise, even well into old age, is never a bad idea as long as it is done properly. Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen THE WEEKLY WORKOUT answers for each puzzle are included on this page NEW ZEALAND CROSSWORD 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 16 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 ©THE PUZZLE COMPANY ACROSS 5. Fictional town in Footrot Flats (5) 8. Legal agreement (8) 9. Make amends (5) 10/11/14. A request for equitable treatment (colloq) (4,4,2,3,3) 16. Military musical display (6) 17. Quantity (6) 18. Flu or other illness (colloq) (3) 20. Normal (5) 24. Recognise (8) 25. Modern name for what James Cook called the Friendly Islands (5) 26. Wine producing area north of Auckland (8) 27. Commence (5) TOP 10 DOWN 1. Jeer (5) 2. Native creature with over 1000 the giant Powelliphanta (5) 3. Sweep (5) 4. Genus of shrubs and trees listed as an invasive pest (6) event (3,2,3) 7. Strong liking for something (8 12. Travel document (8) 13. Unknown person (8) 14. Weep (3) 15. British equivalent of GST (3) 19. Overfamiliar, outdated (3-3) 21. Work with dough (5) 22. Giant (5) 23. Local body regulation (5) 21 22 23 13 14 15 17 3 4 56 7 YOUR STARS Aries Mar 21 Apr 19 Youre feeling on edge this week, as if youre anticipating that something is about to change the course of your life. Instead of waiting for fate to show its face, why not instigate a change of some kind? Taurus Apr 20 - May 20 A friendship hangs in the balance this week and it is anybodys guess as to which way things are likely to go. If you have to choose between him/her and your family, the latter should be your priority. Gemini May 21 Jun 20 Things can be very hectic at work this week and since you tend to live on your nerves, you could feel quite wired! At best, it is a great week for innovating something new and at worst, try not to be too reckless. Cancer Jun 21 Jul 22 A shift in consciousness regarding money will do you the world of good this week. towards the same old worries and make a mental list of what you should not do. Leo Jul 23 Aug 22 This week is not the best time for a monetary discussion, at least not between yourself and your partner. Your views are so opposite each other right now that you probably wont be able to reach a compromise. Virgo Aug 23 Sep 22 You can no longer ignore the differences between yourself and the love in your life. that even though its uncomfortable, it may not be bad for the relationship. Libra Sep 23 Oct 22 You could be feeling somewhat weary some time to yourself. Matters at work are on tenterhooks and this is adding to your stress and anxiety at present. Try to relax. Scorpio Oct 23 Nov 21 Dont be afraid to stick your neck out at work this week. If you really feel adamant that something can be done differently, speak up even if you challenge the status quo. Theyll look at you with different eyes. SUDOKU Fill the grid so every row, column and every 3x3 box contains 1-9 THE TOP 10 1. Which place was New Zealand’s sunshine capital in 2012, 2013 and 2014: Nelson, Whakatane or Blenheim? 2. Which number is equal to twice the sum of its two digits? 3. Where would you find treads and risers close together? 4. According to the Road Code, what is the least distance of clear road you must have in front of you when you have finished passing another vehicle: 40 metres, 60 metres, 80 metres or 100 metres? 5. Which palm is the world’s southernmost? 6. Of which continent is the tiger a native? 7. Who succeeded Nixon as President of the USA in 1974? 8. What is the Maori word for a voluntary donation? 9. What does the C stand for in the media organisation CNN? 10. Which TV quiz began with “Your starter for ten . . . ”? 297 Sagittarius Nov 22 Dec 21 A sharp difference of opinion with someone at work could result in a serious clash of egos this week. Try not to let your personal morals interfere too much with your working life, as they wont always agree. Capricorn Dec 22 Jan 19 The universe is giving you a bit of a wakeup call this week and it may either jolt you into action or take you by surprise. Your preference is for the known realities, but it does not encourage creative thinking. Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 If all of a sudden you wake up to the fact obligations are. You would not want to be thought of as being irresponsible. Pisces Feb 19 Mar 20 Tension in a relationship could be reaching breaking point this week. If you can allow for individuality, youll realise that the two of you dont have to agree on everything. 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