How Exercise Effects Your Brain

Posted on: December 9th, 2011

To learn more about how exercise affects the brain, scientists in Ireland recently asked a group of sedentary male college students to take part in a memory test followed by strenuous exercise. First, the men watched a rapid-fire lineup of photos with the faces and names of strangers. After a break, they tried to recall the names they had just seen as the photos again zipped across a computer screen.

Afterward, half of the students rode a stationary bicycle, at an increasingly strenuous pace, until they were exhausted. The others sat quietly for 30 minutes. Then both groups took the brain-teaser test again. Notably, the exercised volunteers performed significantly better on the memory test than they had on their first try, while the volunteers who had rested did not improve.

Meanwhile, blood samples taken throughout the experiment offered a biological explanation for the boost in memory among the exercisers. Immediately after the strenuous activity, the cyclists had significantly higher levels of a protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which is known to promote the health of nerve cells. The men who had sat quietly showed no comparable change in BDNF levels.

For some time, scientists have believed that BDNF helps explain why mental functioning appears to improve with exercise. However, they haven't fully understood which parts of the brain are affected or how those effects influence thinking. The Irish study suggests that the increases in BDNF prompted by exercise may play a particular role in improving memory and recall.


Holiday Gift Guide: The Resistance Chair

This holiday season let's get back to basics with the Resistance Chair, a product to achieve better health!

  • At-home exercise and rehabilitation system
  • Low-impact resistant cables
  • Portable
  • No assembly required
  • Perfect to help the aging population increase mobility and strength

The Resistance Chair

The Resistance Chair

The Resistance Chair™, created by VQ ActionCare, is designed to help mature adults stay active and strong. The patented, low-impact resistance cable system offers a wide range of exercises from a safe, seated position to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and endurance, stave off the effects of common ailments, and assist with post-op rehabilitation. A great at-home exercise system, the Resistance Chair requires no assembly and is portable. Users of the product are able to exercise their arms, chest, shoulders, abdomen, back, and legs, all while remaining seated.

Accessories: Freedom Flex™ Shoulder Stretcher, Exercise Cycles, Anchor Cables, Seat Cushion

Price: $279.65

Facebook for Centenarians

Posted on: September 12th, 2011

Industry blogger Laurie Orlov mentions an interesting new article in The Atlantic magazine about senior citizens using social media and how it enriches their lives.

How's this for a provocative statement: "30 percent decrease in depressive symptoms among older adults who used it regularly."?

Read more at The Atlantic magazine website. Better yet, to read Laurie's perspective visit her blog site, Aging In Place Technology Watch for this and other, relevant information.

Technology for Aging in Place

Posted on: September 12th, 2011

We at VQ ActionCare have started to read a great blogsite on the above topic. Aging in Place Technology Watch is written by an experienced industry professional who does a great job of covering the broad ground where technology meets aging.

Take a look at the blog and register to receive each new entry, free of charge.

VQ ActionCare Rolls Out Retail Channel Strategy, Expanding National Market Presence of Award-Winning Resistance Chair™

Posted on: August 10th, 2011

National Retailers Broaden the Convenience and Accessibility of Mature Adult Fitness Equipment

SAN DIEGO – July 20, 2011 – VQ ActionCare, creators of award-winning mature adult fitness equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of its national retail channels this month, expanding its market presence and providing more accessibility and convenience to consumers. For the first time, VQ ActionCare’s health and fitness products will be offered in As Seen on TV stores, as well as in the largest online drugstore and fitness merchants in the nation, including and Using a two-pronged expansion strategy, the retail partnerships will create a one-stop-shop, online and off, for active adults within the fast-growing senior health and fitness market.

“We are excited to make this strategic move to partner with five top national retailers and to make the fitness products being offered to the growing senior sector more easily available in a wide variety of retail environments where consumers already shop,” said Tom Hanson, Director of Sales, VQ ActionCare. “VQ ActionCare selected these retail partners, as they share in our commitment to expanding solutions for active seniors in innovative ways.”

Recognizing the need for a convenient, at-home exercise system for mature adults, all VQ ActionCare products are designed to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, balance and endurance. Products to be sold through VQ ActionCare retail partners include:

  • Resistance Chair – the world’s most convenient home gym specifically designed for mature adults to perform a full body workout from a safe, comfortable seated position. The award-winning, at-home exercise system features smooth, low-impact resistance cables to exercise arms, chest, shoulders, abdomen, back and legs.
  • SmoothRider II Exercise Cycle – a cycle attachment for the Resistance Chair that creates resistance through magnetic force and includes a digital cycle meter to monitor speed, time and calories burned. The exercise cycle also has an upright row bar for rows and lateral pull exercises.
  • Freedom Flex™ Shoulder Stretcher – a great pulley system accessory for the Resistance Chair that improves shoulder flexibility and strength.
  • Resistance Anchor Cable™ Exercise Cables – color-coded cables with varying levels of resistance, from Level 4 to Level 9, allowing for a customized workout to meet user’s specific needs and exercise goals.

For more information on VQ ActionCare and to find the most convenient retail location, visit or call (877) 368-6800.

About VQ ActionCare:

Founded in 2004, VQ ActionCare is dedicated to helping mature adults stay active and mobile through high quality products that enable the physical activity they need in order to maintain strength and agility. After two years of research and development, the Resistance Chair at-home exercise system was born, specifically designed to keep adults active so they can enjoy their daily activities by improving strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. The VQ ActionCare line of home fitness equipment includes the Resistance Chair, SmoothRider II exercise cycle, Freedom Flex™ shoulder stretching attachment, and instructional DVDs that allow individuals to stay in a safe, seated position for most of the exercises, and employ low-impact resistance bands that are gentle on joints. For more information, visit or call (877) 368-6800.

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Small Amount of Exercise Good for Your Heart

Posted on: August 2nd, 2011

USA Today reports that even a small amount of exercise can reduce coronary heart disease risk.   Small amount = a little bit,  10 to 15 minutes a day. Check out the Resistance Chair Quick-Reference Wall Chart, included in each box, for ideas on daily strength exercises.

See Resistance Chair at Carlsbad Fitness Expo

Posted on: July 7th, 2011

Meet the VQ ActionCare team and try the Resistance Chair this Saturday, July 9 during the Carlsbad Fitness Expo. Visit anytime from 10am to 3pm at Westfield Plaza Camino Real in beautiful Carlsbad, California.

Here's more info; see you this Saturday!