Low impact exercise plans are excellent for senior citizens who need a workout routine that is gentle on bones and joints. Do some low impact exercises before getting into your steam shower.

Consult your doctor before starting an exercise program to avoid doing anything that might injure you. Also, talk to your doctor to help find out what’s right for you.

The following low impact exercises focus on strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

Stretching – Do some daily stretches to increase your flexibility improve range of motion. Stretching is also important for preventing injuries during workout sessions. You should stretch before and after exercising. Stretching for senior citizens is recommended by the National Institute on Aging. Do gentle stretches and always stop if you feel pain.

Take a senior stretching class and/or find a book in your local library about stretches for senior citizens. Try out the stretches and reference the book to make sure you follow proper form.

Gentle Yoga – Yoga improves strength and balance and involves meditation. This is excellent for decreasing stress and increasing peacefulness. While doing yoga, make sure you are in correct alignment in each pose.

It’s important that you take a senior yoga class with an instructor who can suggest alternative poses and guide you so you do not injure yourself. If you enjoy yoga, also look into low impact tai chi and pilates for seniors.

Walking – This is a great cardiovascular exercise for all ages. Walking is easy on your joints. Be sure to use the correct shoes, so you’re feet won’t hurt. Even just five minutes of walking a day is a good start and soon you’ll be able to go for longer walks.

You can walk to a nearby park and enjoy the scenery, take an easy path and walk the dog.

Water Aerobics – This is a fun exercise and you don’t even have to swim if you don’t want to. Water aerobics is great for improving balance. Doing these aerobics is also a way to reduce risk of a fall. Doing aerobics in the water increases strength while putting less stress on the body’s joints.

See if there’s a local community class you can take. Sometimes the community will offer them at no charge.

Light Weights – Low impact weight lifting is a great way to build strength and endurance. You don’t even have to use the weights at first. Start off slow by just doing the motions without any weights. As you get stronger, start lifting a 1 pound weight or a bottle of water; always go at your own pace.

Wait a day before working out the same set of muscles again. Also, never continue an exercise if you feel pain.

Don’t stop exercising in life; exercise prevents injury, reduces pain, lowers blood pressure and fights heart disease. You’ll also feel more energetic when you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Improve your mental and emotional health with some low impact exercises.


The Shower Beer

Because Happy Hour starts with a Happy Shower.

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This week we sat down to speak with Greg Buitrago Jr., the Owner and Director of Sales at Hammer Contractors Design & Build, which serves the Montgomery Co, Howard Co & DC Metro in Maryland. It’s easy to see why this family-owned company stands out among the competition.

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See our interview with Greg below for some insight into the remodeling process, the definition of universal design and the passion that drives the entire process.


Steam Showers Inc: Do you have advice for those budgeting for a bathroom remodel?

Greg: I highly recommend working with a design build professional. Someone who has experience in the design and the actual construction process, beginning with setting budgets and expectations for the level of finishes, the type of fixtures and materials they would like to use based on their taste and their homes need, as well as setting a budget and expectations for the level of construction or work being completed (based on the differences between a cosmetic update, a full replace remodel and the more invasive renovation, which could entail relocating utilities and fixtures, such as the toilet and the shower).


Steam Showers Inc: What sets your company apart from others?

Greg: We’re a company that’s really focused on customer experience. We have a saying in our office that we believe that our customers deserve to love their remodel and not just the end result. Most customers’ experience with the contractor is that they’re only happy after they’re done. We really believe if a homeowner’s trusting a company, and bringing them into their home for six to eight weeks or more, it should be somebody that they trust and they enjoy having them and their employees and staff working with them on a daily basis. We believe in leveraging technology and innovation to really improve that experience for our clients with consistent accountability, communication, and updates.


Steam Showers Inc: What do you love most about your job?

Greg: I’m passionate really and it goes to what makes our company different. I’m really passionate to see a client actually enjoy doing the remodel from the very first meeting through working with our design team through working with our production coordinator and our operation staff and them being as excited going through the process start to finish as they are when we turn over the project. We see that in the fruit of that labor with our clients, whether they themselves are hosting an open house or welcoming or warming parties for the new kitchen or new addition and inviting us just out of really the happiness and the excitement they have from getting a project that exceeds their expectations, in addition to actually coming out of the other end with a good relationship with the contractor where they desire to invite them back into their home to do other work. Really, that’s what keeps all of us motivated; that’s the vision we have here at our company. That’s the experience we try to provide to every client.


Steam Showers Inc: Can you tell us more about your experience in NKBA 30 Under 30 at KBIS 2013?

Greg: 30 Under 30 [of 2013] was the inaugural, or the first year, that they actually invited (after selecting from applicants) the top thirty industry professionals within the kitchen and bath industry under the age of 30. We did a presentation at the kitchen and bath industry show, which that year was in New Orleans. This last year it was in Las Vegas. Our group did a presentation to the show’s audience regarding universal design and how to implement universal design within different remodeling projects within the home. My company individually has a lot of experience with that; with our clients, we’ve been doing it for many years. [Our presentation] was about how to open up conversations with our clients about those types of design features; how to work with our vendors and distributors on sourcing product that would be able to provide our clients with better options and alternatives when it came to investing on a remodeling project that would last them a lifetime; that would allow them to remodel once and be able to age in place or raise a family in place as the family goes from young children to college age; and then when the in-laws or the grandparents come to live, or stay, for an extended period of time at the home; and then when the original homeowners are looking to make that their forever home and not have to relocate; and all of the different aspects that are entailed in that process.

Visit hammercontractors.com to learn more.