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Yep, We Really Have Gained Weight During Covid

You might’ve felt like you were gaining weight during the pandemic. After all, how many jokes did we all tell about gaining our “Covid-20,” right? Do you feel like you gained weight during Covid? Well, now we are beginning to see studies about how much people gained. It could have been about 2 pounds a …

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Here’s A Special Way to Celebrate Another Birthday

What sounds like a perfect way to celebrate another birthday? For Jerry Mathis, it wasn’t about cake or resting by the pool. For his 75th birthday, Jerry ran his first Spartan race, instead. It was a 5k course with 20 obstacles like climbing over walls, shimmying up ropes, and trekking through swampy land. Sound like …

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Rotation Keeps Us Moving for Real Life

Do you include any exercises with rotation in your workouts? Rotation keeps us moving in real life. At the gym, we often perform exercises in straight lines, like lifting a bar straight up, right? Our feet are generally even and parallel. Examples include squats, seated rows, shoulder presses, or push-ups. Even walking, biking, or running. …

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Why We Need to Hold onto Our Muscle Mass: ‘Use It or Lose It’

You’ve probably heard the term “use it or lose it” when it comes to losing muscle and strength as you get older. Here’s a perfect example. A year ago, Pam was vibrant, an active member of a fitness studio, and celebrating her 83rd birthday. But after the Covid-19 pandemic kept her mostly housebound, she grew …

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10 Movement Snacks and Other Small Steps to Wellbeing

Snacking is bad for you, right? Well, not necessarily. Let’s consider the idea of movement snacks. When we use the idea of “snacking” for exercise, or just movement, and other aspects of wellbeing, it can take us far on our daily goals to live better. We still need our full, well-balanced “meals” of gym workouts, …

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Heart Health: Exercise Helped When a Dreaded Fear Became Real

That Friday evening began like any other. When Deb C. (middle) sat down to watch “Jeopardy!” she had no idea how scary things were about to get. “I started having all the classic symptoms of a heart attack,” says Deb, who was 57 at the time. “I felt like someone was sitting on my chest …

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Fitness Helps You Stay Ready to Travel Again

After a year of COVID-19 keeping people close to home, are you feeling ready to travel again? Are you still fit enough to travel? A fit 51, Rick has a dream of riding his motorcycle on all seven continents. He was hoping to reach No. 6 soon, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, international travel is …

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Success Story: Meet 2 Older Superwomen Who Prove the Power of Fitness

In the world of older superwomen taking control of their health, Vera, 65, and Cheri, 73, are myth-busting superstars. They work out several times a week with weights, machines, and cardio to stay strong and flexible in their retirement. They are remarkable for doing so well what should be less remarkable in our society: Exercising …

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Posture Plays Important Health Role Later in Life

How many times did your mother harp on you about good posture when you were growing up? “Stand up straight!” “Stop slouching!” We all used to hear that as children, right? It’s even more important now, later in life. Parents might tell their kids to correct their posture more to instill pride and project confidence. …

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