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Physical Exercise is for Mental Health, Too

At every stage in life, our physical health is tied inextricably to our mental health. When we feel good physically, we’re more likely to feel good mentally, as well. And with dementia, depression, anxiety and loneliness higher among people later in life, this is one more reason to get or stay physically fit. Physical Activity …

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10 Tips for Fitness Newcomers Over Fifty – Start Today

Are you a fitness newcomer over fifty? Starting to exercise regularly at a gym or fitness studio can be intimidating for people of any age. Maybe it’s been years since you worked out regularly, and the numerous machines and confident gymgoers give you some hesitation. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly natural. Fitness newcomers over fifty naturally …

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20 Steps to Your Perfect Vision for the New Year

  What are Your Goals for the New Year? If you want to sharpen your vision for 2020, forget about resolutions, which come with heavy pressure and high failure rates. Instead, I prefer thinking about positive steps you can take every day. Living the life you want to live takes steady, concentrated intention. Why pin …

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Gift Guide for the the Over-50 Fitness Nut or Newbie

Holiday Gift Guide Shopping to encourage fitness is easy and fun. Just think of how much of a boost you’ll be giving your loved one to get fit or stay fit. I’ve rounded up some great ideas that cover all price ranges. And, if you happen to get something for yourself along the way, well… it’ll …

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Variety and Fun Are Key to His Healthy New Lifestyle at 69

  Tom Arrington retired from the Navy and US Postal Service five years ago and quickly settled into a daily lifestyle of overeating, happy hours, and couch time. He’d occasionally see a mirror and think, How much longer do I want to go on like this…? Then, at his annual physical, Tom’s doctor pointed out …

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Functional Fitness: In Shape for Everyday Life

What is Functional Fitness Why should you work out regularly? For big muscles? To lose weight? To beat your brother-in-law at golf? Sure, all of those are good reasons for some people. But what about working out so you are better prepared for the activities of everyday life, like carrying in groceries and putting them …

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Exercise Is A Strong Tool Against Breast Cancer

Exercise and Breast Cancer Every October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month puts a spotlight on the disease that afflicts millions of women. Rickye Lamm is among those who want to make sure exercise is always included in the conversation around prevention, treatment, recovery and support. Rickye, 67, was diagnosed in 2001 and had operations on both …

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Exercise to Prevent Falls, and 4 Other Tips to Stay Upright

Falling is a major fear about growing older – and it’s a leading cause of injury and death among mature adults. It’s also a common problem for people who don’t yet consider themselves “old” in the traditional sense. But it is not inevitable. Here are the top five ways to prevent falling, according to fitness, …

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Why Runners over 50 Need to Lift Weights

Like a lot of lifelong runners over 50, Grady Cash was so passionate about his sport that he never had much interest in lifting weights. But that changed a few years ago after he finished last in a short-distance race and noticed the guys who beat him were built differently. They had bigger shoulders, more …

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Enjoying the Things You Love the Most – And How Fitness is Essential

Enjoying the Things You Love Vince wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Sheba wanted to participate with her son, a Special Olympian, and inspire other women to exercise. Ari wanted to lose weight and get healthy enough to play with his grandkids. What do these 60-somethings have in common? They all …

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