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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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Embrace 7 Truths about Healthy Living after 50

Was it Freud who said we can’t get through the day without telling ourselves seven little lies? Or was it a magazine quiz we read in the dentist’s office? Doesn’t matter! The point is: We all love to tell ourselves “harmless” fibs to avoid doing something we know we “should” do. It’s easier than confronting …

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What Will Finally Make You Say, “It’s Time to Change”

How do you know when it’s time to change? Here’s a common scenario for people over 50. They’ve gradually gained weight over the last couple of decades, and now they’re obese or getting there. They may have also developed chronic diseases that are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, such as type …

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How to Break Through Negative Self-Talk and Soar

We all talk to ourselves about ourselves. It’s called “self-talk” and often times, it’s negative self-talk. What kind of things do you say? That you’re overweight, lazy, and too old to be fit? A lot of us struggle with an inner voice that repeats nonsense like that. But you don’t have to let it keep …

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How Do You Want to Change in 10 Years?

What a difference a decade makes. Just ask Debbie S., shown above. Or Terry A. Or any of the hundreds of thousands of people participating in Facebook’s #10YearChallenge – including countless people over 50 who have used the last decade to improve their lives through exercise, eating right, and other healthy habits. The challenge has …

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How to Build Healthy Habits in the New Year (and Beyond)

Habits can be hard to form, particularly later in life when we might want to rely on familiar ways. But, armed with strong information and reliable tactics, you can adjust your tactics to build healthy habits in 2022 and beyond. See, it turns out we’ve been thinking about forming habits all wrong. It’s not about …

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She’s Fighting to Lose the Pandemic Weight – and Loving It

Mary Frances Benton, 59, knows it will take some time to lose the pandemic weight – 40 pounds. But she’s already down 15 since February, so her spirit is strong. She’s also done this before. About 10 years ago, Mary Frances noticed that she was gaining weight. There wasn’t a main reason she could cite, …

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Healthy Living – Your Diet Is More Than What You Eat

When someone asks about your diet, you naturally think about food, right? As a professional Personal Trainer and Health Coach who takes a holistic approach to wellbeing, I believe that your diet is more than what you eat. What if we expand our ideas about the word “diet” to include everything we consume in other …

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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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Success Story: After a Rough Year, He Makes It Look Easy

Have you had a rough year? You’re not alone! Howard S. had it all. At 66, he was retired from a successful career as a social worker, married and healthy. Then, 2015. Howard’s wife of 34 years abruptly left him. Several family members died. And he had an emergency hip replacement after a fall. (Can …

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