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The effects of ageing on our bodies

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to look at the effects of ageing on our bodies and what we can do to negate some of the impacts of father time.

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The reasons for this are many;

No matter what age you are reading this article, you are, right now, at this very moment, getting older. Therefore ensuring our current lifestyle enables a long and fulfilled life right throughout our lives into our senior years is important. Ireland has one of the oldest populations in Europe. Activate runs an extremely successful older adult strength programme. Due to its efficacy and widespread acclaim amongst the medical community, this has become the subject of a piece of research taking place this summer at Activate.

This week we will look at arthritis and the current interventions that you can take to lessen the impact this can have on you as you age.

Arthritis isn’t a scary thing; it’s a normal part of ageing that happens to all of us like wrinkles.
The simple definition of arthritis is inflammation and stiffness of joints. However, there are many different forms with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid the most common types in Ireland.

Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint which makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness. Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder. This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint and forcing the bones out of their normal position.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.
The outer covering (synovium) of the joint is the first place affected. This can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and a change in the joint's shape. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down. The good news is; inflammation can be reduced, so too can joint stiffness. Not always, but oftentimes there are some lifestyle modifications that can help.

Yes, this can and typically does get worse with age but it also gets worse with inactivity.
And no, this is not a death sentence.

REDUCE SYMPTOMS

Here are some healthy lifestyle modifications that can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis, inflammation, and joint pain:

1. Applying the basics of a healthy diet that is high in protein, fruits, and vegetables, and lower in processed foods and sugar.

2. Get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. I’m more of a six to seven hour guy myself, but the main thing isn’t the time spent in bed it’s the quality of your sleep. Your body recovers from the rigors of life when you sleep, so more high-quality sleep will typically help with recovery and inflammation.

3. Limit alcohol intake. This one is tricky because there may be some research on a glass of red wine having some heart health and anti-inflammatory properties but alcohol undoubtedly affects your sleep and most importantly your body’s ability to get deep sleep. I admittedly need to look into the latest research on the benefits of red wine so if you enjoy a glass, don’t stop drinking it just yet, but you definitely don’t need a bottle a night!

4. Work on strength and range of motion around the joints and lifestyle factors. At Activate we run a specific programme for adults who want to focus on these factors specifically. We use progressive and intelligent means of training to load the muscles and bones to build new muscle so that we are stronger and more resilient to the stresses of life, and to build bone so that we can withstand things like trips and falls all the while, improving all our major health markers such as reduced body fat levels and improved cardiovascular strength.

If you’d like to talk to see if I can help with your specific situation please set up a consultation via www.activate.ie/free-intro/ or call 087 4030894.

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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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