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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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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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