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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 Exercise Boosts Your Metabolism at Any Age

You might’ve heard people talk about their metabolism and how it relates to their weight, maybe in statements like these: “I never gain a pound – I guess I just have a high metabolism.” Or: “I keep gaining weight since I turned 40. My metabolism must have slowed down.” But have you ever wondered what …

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22 Reasons to Be Fit in 2022

Heading into a new year, so many of us are determined to take better care of ourselves – but then too often lose our steam by about the third week in January. It helps if you have good reasons to get fit – or, heck, even to stay fit, if you’re already active. Some of …

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Being Grateful Is Good for Your Health

Gratitude is important every day, not just on Thanksgiving. Gratitude is good for our physical, mental, spiritual and social health – and it even has a relationship to exercise. Being Grateful Is Good for Your Health “Studies suggest that making a habit of noticing what’s going well in your life could have health benefits,” the …

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His Workouts and Diet Are Making Gains against Diabetes

Lee B. went on and off the exercise wagon for decades – not really training with a purpose, but going to the gym sometimes. That continued even after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than 20 years ago. But finally, this year, his growing belly was getting to be too much. Shirts were …

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What Muscle Means to You after 50

What does it mean to have muscle? And what will muscle mean to you after fifty? When we were kids, we probably thought of athletes and superheroes. In our 20s, we might have associated muscle with lots of weightlifting in the gym and young men with bulging physiques. But later in life, we need to …

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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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Still Running at 83: Personal Health Is Our Individual Responsibility

Vince O. is an 83-year-old marathoner who didn’t let heart surgery keep him from running. And Vince, a former US Ambassador to his native Slovenia, has a message: You are the ultimate arbiter of your personal health. “It’s a mental frame of mind on how you want to live and how you believe in living,” …

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Success Story: Weightlifting Improves Bone Density

Barb D, age 76, sees the stereotypes against older people exercising to stay strong, and she shatters them every chance she gets. She knows firsthand that weightlifting improves bone density. Not only does Barb love lifting weights and setting records, but she sees herself as a quality-of-life ambassador for other “little old ladies.” Barb crushes …

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Belly Fat & How to Get Rid Of It

Nobody likes belly fat, but almost everybody struggles with it to some degree. Among all kinds of fat, belly fat is the one that gets the most attention. I am frequently asked to help my clients lose weight – and often, it’s specifically about the extended, round belly that tends to accumulate after 50 or …

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