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The Balancing Act

Helping You Stay Active and Independent for a Lifetime!

November 1st 2016

  • The Essentials of Staying Active and Independent
  • Future Health and Fitness Events

The Essentials of Staying Active and Independent
By Woody McMahon

Do you know what most concerns adults over age 65? I will give you a little hint, it is not money. When surveyed, 3 out of 4 older adults were most concerned about remaining independent, staying active and having fun. Independence, mobility and fun are all important factors in healthy aging and maintaining a high quality of life. But these concerns are not likely to be fulfilled without a little personal investment. 

Most people plan for retirement. Money goes in the bank for food, travel, a house, clothes and many other essentials. But few invest in themselves to help their bodies stay independent and active as they age. Without this personal investment, your body cannot stay strong enough or have the balance it needs to help you enjoy your life fully. A personal investment takes time and a determination to keep your body working the way it was originally designed.

In my 30 plus years of working in the health and fitness profession, I have come to the realization that practicing your balance every day helps you stay young. Good balance is the single most important factor in helping you stay independent. Why? Because your ability to balance resembles the tip of the iceberg. Poor balance signals other problems below the surface such as strength, flexibility, coordination, stability, mobility and agility. All of these different components are required if you want good balance. To improve these qualities takes a well designed personal investment program.

The bottom line is this. If you are having problems with your balance then other aspects of your health and fitness are not going to do well either. You are not going to do well. You will not be able to enjoy your life to the fullest.

I will leave you this time with the Center for Disease Control's Balance Tests. You can find them on my web site by clicking here on Three Simple Balance Tests. I invite you to watch the videos and try the tests. You can also use the tests as a good starting point for your new balance program. I offer free balance testing by appointment at my office. 

After completing the tests if you need more information please contact me, Woody McMahon, at 703.628.2880 or email to

Future Health and Fitness Events

Fall Prevention and Balance Workshop
November 10th at 1pm and 6:30pm
Congregation Beth Emeth
Numerous surveys have shown that staying active, independent and having fun are vitally important to older adults. Maintaining good balance may be the most important component in addressing these goals.

On November 10th at 1pm and 6:30pm we are holding two Fall Prevention and Balance Testing Workshops at Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, VA. These workshops are free of charge and open to the general public. All ages and abilities are invited to attend. We will test your balance, discuss how to improve it and then demonstrate Dr. Li's excellent program called Tai Chi... Moving for Better Balance for improving your balance.

To register please contact Woody McMahon at 703.628.2880. Space is limited!


Fall Prevention and Balance Classes
Monday 12:30
to 1:30 pm
St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean,VA

St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean,VA has invited me to teach an 8 week, one hour a week fall prevention and balance class. I am teaching simple exercises that can be practiced at home to enhance balance, increase strength and improve posture. This is an ongoing class and open to the general public. Maintaining good balance may be the most important component to help you stay active, independent and have fun!

For more information or to register please contact Woody McMahon at 703.628.2880. Space is limited!                            


Tai Chi... Moving for Better Balance Classes Start February 2017 in Ashburn at Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging!

Scientific studies have shown that practicing Tai Chi can be an effective tool for improving your balance and reducing falls. I teach the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance classes; a Tai Chi based fall prevention and balance program that has been scientifically shown to improve balance and reduce falls by up to 55%.

Click Here to Watch Dr. Li the Developer and Researcher of This Program Teach a Class>>>

For more information please contact Woody McMahon at 703.628.2880 or email to


Continued Good Health,


Woody McMahon
The Sequoia Advisor

Sequoia Health and Fitness, Inc.
483A Carlisle Drive
Herndon, VA

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