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Forget the Myths: It’s Not Too Late to Get Fit – or Even Really Fit, If You Want

Before After It’s Not Too Late to Get Fit Have you ever heard the old saying, “The horse is out of the barn”? It’s a folksy way of telling someone it’s too late to make a change. It’s also one of the myths about fitness after 50 that I love to bust every chance I …

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Push-Ups Test Should Get Us Talking about Heart Health

Push-Ups Test How many push-ups can you do? The question makes some people uncomfortable, bringing up memories of awkward PE classes back in school. But the answer could be helpful to getting or keeping you on track for a better future. Fitness pros have been discussing a new study that suggests push-ups can predict heart …

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Improve Your Golf Game – in the Gym

Can strength training improve your golf game? PGA Hall of Famer Greg Norman says it can. Norman, 63 and super-buff, recently posed nude for ESPN’s annual Body Issue, along with about a dozen much younger athletes from basketball, football and other sports. “I’ve really looked after my body for a long time,” says Norman, famous …

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Want to prevent Alzheimer’s, depression and more? Here’s why exercise is so important

Can exercise or physical fitness prevent Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia? Wendy Suzuki was a successful scientist and academic. But in her 50s, she was so immersed in work that she had no social life, and she was overweight due to lack of activity. So she went back to the gym. After a …

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A Love Story in Fitness: ‘We Just Enjoy Being Together’

Fitness Partners   The couple that exercises together stays together. Just ask Steve and Lisa Jones, who work out at a gym three times a week and hike or run two other days. They’ve been married 40 years and happily recall their Valentine’s story beginning five years before, when they met as teenagers at a …

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American Heart Month and the Powerful Benefits of Exercise, Eating Right

American Heart Month We usually think of February as the month of hearts for Valentine’s Day. But February is also American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association, to raise awareness and to help people lose weight, eat better, invigorate their exercise routines and more. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, …

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How Snowbirds, and the Rest of Us, Can Stay Fit over the Winter

How do snowbirds stay fit when they leave home for a few months every year? Snowbirds heading south for the winter have a lot to look forward to. The milder weather. The sunshine. Seeing old friends. And we know they will want to keep up their fitness routines – or take the change of scenery …

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Where Do You Fit on the Fitness Spectrum?

On the fitness spectrum of physical ability, where do you rank? More importantly, where do you want to rank? Let’s look at a five-point scale. Most people over 50 fall into one of these categories. Elite athlete Fit Independent Frail Dependent We’ll look at each in more detail below. But take a guess now which …

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How Exercise Can Protect You from Falling

Are you afraid of falling? You might know already that falls are a leading health hazard for people over 65. But you might not realize that you need a well-rounded fitness approach to improve balance. It requires a focus on all the components of functional fitness, including mobility, muscular-skeletal, and cardio-respiratory. “Falling is insidious among …

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