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Exercise Can Overcome Genetics to Fight Obesity

Here’s good news for mature women who think obesity is just part of their DNA. It turns out that exercise can overcome genetics to fight obesity in mature women, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from 8,200 women of European ancestry in their 70s. They determined that genetic influences on obesity are strongest …

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Start by Taking One Step at a Time

Want to actually make some progress towards achieving your health and fitness goals? Start small and take things one step at a time. We all know that most New Year’s Resolutions fail. But do you know why? Here’s one possible explanation: Most people set a huge goal for their resolution, and when they start trying …

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Start Exercising Now: Busy Times Can Be the Best

Did you know that the busy holiday season can be a great time to start exercising? “I don’t have time.” “I’m too busy.” “Maybe later when there’s not so much going on.” I hear this throughout the year. “I don’t have time” is a leading reason people don’t exercise. Busy Times Can Be the Best …

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Being a Grandparent is WAY More Fun When You’re Fit

The holidays are a great opportunity for “quality time” between grandparents and grandkids. And that includes physical activity. In fact, all year long, people over 50 say that being strong for their grandchildren is their No. 1 reason for staying fit – or for wanting to get fit in the first place. Being an active …

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Fitness Goals Keep Us on Track for Success

Fitness goals drive Jerry M. They compel him to accomplish athletic feats that most people wouldn’t attempt – let alone most people who are 76 years old. “If I just went to the gym to exercise without also having a goal in mind, I’m not sure how much progress I would make – in my …

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A Painful Moment Spurs Big Life Changes

Big life changes often follow a moment of clarity that can be startling, liberating or even painful. For Gina, age 59, her epiphany came while she and her husband were taking a tour of a gym in their new community. Gina was a recently retired nurse and had become obese over the years, weighing 340 …

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Easy Ways to Get Enough Protein After 50

Our bodies keep changing as we age, and we need to pay attention to what we eat in new ways. Especially if we want to remain strong enough to live independently in our later years. For example, after age 50 or so, people need to eat a little more protein than before. Yet this is …

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