Fitness Blog For Active Adults and Seniors
by Lori Michiel | Sep 19, 2023
When your life gets turned upside down and your regular schedule is on hold, how do you cope? For months and months, I anticipated getting my left hip joint replaced. I emphasize my left hip joint because I’m a righty and you need your right leg to be able to drive....
by Lori Michiel | Sep 1, 2023
You’ve heard the terms. Each is a bit different than the other. Clumsy refers to lack of coordination or dexterity; klutz refers to someone who is habitually accident prone. How old were you when you took off the training wheels of your bicycle and learned to ride...
by Lori Michiel | Aug 1, 2023
Michael J. Fox inspires us all. A recent Neurology Today article said, “His attitude is to bring new things into his life - writing, golf - to fill in for what he’s lost along the way. And these things don’t take energy. They generate it.” Sometimes when we are in...
by Lori Michiel | Jul 1, 2023
July 22 recognizes World Brain Day. The research is conclusive. Combining physical activity and cognitive exercises helps to rewire your brain. Incorporating some new and different styles of exercise will improve brain health. When disease or injury robs the brain of...
by Lori Michiel | Jun 1, 2023
Senior fitness research supports a specific exercise program for older adults and seniors. It has been almost 17 years since I became a fitness trainer. When I first began my practice, I was concerned that my clients would find out I was a rookie. So there would be no...
by Lori Michiel | May 1, 2023
While it is more common in females, by age 65 or 70, men are losing bone mass at the same rate as women. In May we recognize Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month. Coming up, Men’s Health Month is in June. It takes more than milk to keep bones strong. Breaking...
by Lori Michiel | Apr 1, 2023
Exercise your age away. The physiological changes in our brain are normal parts of aging, but what you might not know is how it can affect movement. My 89-year-old husband knows how lucky he is to be moving as well as he does, because he started exercising at a young...
by Lori Michiel | Mar 1, 2023
Your thoughts can run in your head like a broken record–or can you sit still and “hear” the quiet? Is there an activity, exercise, religious or meditation practice you do regularly to slow your mind? Or do you take medications which can have multiple side effects?...
by Lori Michiel | Feb 1, 2023
In recognition of National Heart Month, if you are not familiar with these terms, here’s a quick and easy guide. Every six months I get my blood work checked. The numbers that I watch carefully are those described below. Since some of my numbers have been creeping up,...
by Lori Michiel | Jan 1, 2023
Figuring out who we are today means sitting down and taking stock of our current strengths, weaknesses, values and preferences in life. Did you ever try to figure out why we develop certain characteristics that seem contrary to our behaviors as a youth? When we hit...
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I am very thankful for finding you and for your willingness to work with me! You are a wonderful person and I appreciate you very much.
Lori, I can't tell you how lucky I feel to have found you. What a gift your work is to the senior community.
- Ms. Dailey
Your fitness program has really helped my mom!! I saw her this week and she is stronger and her balance has really improved. She got up from her chair so much easier!!!
Best news, she's very happy that she started working out and she adores Sam and Rita.She actually looks forward to it.
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Best wishes to you for a beautiful new year.
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- Cameron Edward Benton
As a Personal Trainer, I appreciate that you trust my skills and give me the freedom to create the best personalized training programs for our clients. Since you too are an excellent Personal Trainer, and stay up-to-date with current trends and fitness education, we're able to collaborate to determine the best approach for our clients. It's a great working team! Thank you for the opportunity to work with you.
Sam Strain – Trainer
Customer care is of the utmost concern to her. She is very knowledgeable about personal training and the workings of the functional human body from a bio-mechanical point of view. She is compassionate about all her clients as they all get her personal touch.
I would feel most comfortable recommending her to anyone that is in need of her services.
Samuel Strain II NASM/CES
I am not an athlete, although I’d say that I am more athletic than most of the men my age (I’m 65). It’s been at least four years since I signed up with Lori Michiel Fitness and have two different personal trainers come to my house and lead me through exercise routines twice a week. I have Parkinson’s disease and they’ve tailored the exercises with that in mind.
Each week, I am subjected to exercising different muscle groups, balance and aerobics. My trainers utilize equipment that they bring, along with some of my own. They run me through drills where I have to do two things at once, like walking sideways while tossing and catching a golf ball one in each hand, or balancing on one leg while lifting a dumbbell. They include stretching throughout my routines and for 10 to 15 minutes at the end of the hour. Recently, I have been experiencing a soreness in my neck while playing golf. Not only do my personal trainers have me do special neck stretches at some point in each regular session, I am using these stretches in my regular warm-up when I play golf or whenever my neck becomes stiff or achy to great positive effect.
They know that I play golf so they have me do strengthening that is geared toward that. I swing in both directions using resistance in the form of a gripped rubber hose while twisting my body and pivoting on one of my feet, depending on which way the exercise is going (left or right).They also know that I box as part of a Parkinson’s routine (although this has been curtailed in the age of COVID-19) and run my through punching exercises regularly.
In all of the years and with every session, I have been pleased with the workouts. Lori’s instructors are friendly, confident, while being encouraging throughout each session.
I’ve had some minor injuries such as a sore knee. Lori’s instructors have adjusted to accommodate the injury and promote recovery by avoiding impact exercises until my knee feels better. Lori is kept informed of my progress, including injuries and communicates with me periodically to see how I am doing. Lori stays in touch whether or not I am injured.
Most of the time when something conflicts with the regular schedule, Lori and her instructors make arrangements to make sure that I don’t miss a day of workouts.
I have regular sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each session lasts an hour. Each instructor arrives on time to start my session. They lead me through some preliminary warm-ups that get my heart rate up. Then we go into that day’s theme, such as working on hip flexor muscles, to running in place and around the buildings in my Condo complex to doing jumping-jacks and the like. On most days, they run me through weight training that can range from doing isometrics like planks and some yoga-like exercises to working out with weights either standing or on the mat. We do crunches to full sit-ups, bridges with one leg in the air, squats some with extra weights some not. I could go on and on.
I haven’t participated in Lori’s group classes, but I know that she does them because my mother attends. My mom tells me that she is very happy with her workout that she gets during the classes that take place in the retirement community that she lives in.
The reason I took Lori’s approach to keeping in shape is that I knew that if I had to go to a gym two or three times a week, I simply wouldn’t. When the personal trainers come to you, it’s more likely that I will attend than not. So, my instructors come rain or shine, cold or hot, and I wholeheartedly participate, accept their challenges and make no excuses.
Way to go Lori Michiel Fitness!
My mom is doing very well. She’s getting back into her ceramics studio and making more stuff and seeing her friends.
After my mom’s strokes, we knew we needed to help her become active and improve her balance. She didn’t have a good habit of any exercise and none of the local senior classes were appropriate for her.
I’m so glad we called Lori Michiel Fitness. Lori came to the house, met with my mom, listened to her needs, took a careful medical history and matched her with Daniel. Daniel is a wonderful trainer who comes to the house three times a week to help support mom’s recovery. Daniel really understands senior fitness. He gives the whole family peace of mind that we are doing what we can to prevent another fall and keep mom active. Lori checks in with us regularly to make sure the therapy continues to be appropriate for mom. We’re very grateful to her.
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- Sheri L.
- Sheri L.
Thank you so much for your patience, persistence and passion in serving clients like my mother. You and Kim are amazing.
- Elena, Teacher
Lori's principles of dynamic stretching revolutionized the way I approach stretching. I've seen a great increase in flexibility and have even built additional strength using her techniques.
My struggle area right now, Lori!
You are such a blessing and like your sign in the video in the background, I do 'give thanks' for you and your dedication to all of us who are trying to do the best we can with our bodies...no matter where we are and at what stage of health we are in!
Love your heart to serve, my friend!
- Deb M.
Steven A. Vasilev
- Steven A. Vasilev MD MBA FACOG FACS FACN ABIHM ABOIM
Lori and her team provide personal training for my elderly mother who has Alzheimer's and dementia, as part of her overall care. They customized a program addressing her needs, including balance and mobility. She really likes her two trainers and looks forward to her sessions. I highly recommend Lori Michiel Fitness!
- Judi G.
- Judi G.
Blessings, Fabiola, Personal Trainer
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