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#LetsTalkAboutDementia: Exercise Can Help Lower Your Risk

#LetsTalkAboutDementia If you’re like most people, dementia is one of your greatest fears about aging. By the year 2050, more than 152 million people around the world will have it, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). And while there is no vaccine or cure, research that suggests exercise can reduce the risk or severity of …

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Are You Fit Enough for Travel & Over Fifty?

Remember travel? Are you over fifty and still fit enough for travel? Remember what it was like to make plans to visit somewhere special – for a new adventure, or a return to somewhere familiar? Remember then actually getting on an airplane? And staying in a hotel and eating in restaurants and …. Ah, well… …

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Here’s Why We Need to Lift Weights Later in Life

Let’s talk about muscles and why you need to lift weights to work yours on a regular basis. No, I am not talking about body-building. I am talking about the safest, most effective tool to improve your quality of life. Resistance training helps keep you from falling or otherwise hurting yourself needlessly if you’re later …

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Fitness as Disease Prevention

Why don’t we talk about fitness as disease prevention? It seems like we’ve talked more about avoiding sickness this year than ever. We have all heard many times that we’re supposed to wash hands frequently, stay at a safe distance from other people, and wear masks in public. Don’t do this, we’re told. Don’t go …

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Healthy Living Today: Top Ten Lessons

A few months into the coronavirus crisis, we have learned and been reminded of so much important information about fitness and healthy living after 50. If it helps to find a silver lining, let’s share just 10 things that have come up since all this started – and draw inspiration from them to carry on …

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Why Fight to be Fit After Fifty? Plenty of Reasons!

If young people exercise largely so they can look good, well, then: Good for them! But by age 50, 60 or so, we’re less concerned about being “beach-body ready.” We’re more motivated by things that go deep into our consciousness and values. Some people find it helps them stick with it if they identify a …

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Urban Poling, or Nordic Walking, Boosts Your Stepping Workout

Nordic Walking Walking is a terrific, popular form of relaxation and exercise, of course. But what if you could jazz it up with a couple of poles? That’s the premise behind urban poling, or Nordic walking, which is growing in popularity in North America after making a splash in Europe. It was developed to train …

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Fitness and Heart Health: How Strength Training Battles the No. 1 Killer

Strength Training and Heart Health Everyone says they want to stay “young at heart.” But are they willing to lift weights to do it? Conventional wisdom has long held that running is better for heart health than weightlifting. Some research says that’s not so. For example, in one survey, scientists looked at health records of 4,000 …

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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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