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Research Keeps Showing How Meditation Is So Helpful

  Research shows how meditation is helpful to your health. Slow down and relax. Unplug. Take it easy. These are all phrases to describe an ancient practice that helps improve physical, mental and spiritual health: meditation. How Meditation is Helpful to Your Health A new Canadian study shows that meditation reduces late-life depression and anxiety. …

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Follow a Full Fitness Plan to Overcome the Fear and Danger of Falling

Fear of 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 …

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Strength Training Tops Cardio for Heart Health? New Study Says It Does

So, what’s the best type of exercise for heart health? Conventional wisdom has long held that running is better for heart health than weightlifting. But a new study says that’s not so. Scientists looked at health records of 4,000 people. They concluded that, while both forms of exercise lower the risk of heart disease, weightlifting …

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Work It Out: 5 Facts about Low Back Pain

Facts About Low Back Pain If you suffer from chronic pain in your low back, you are not alone. Not by a long shot. Unfortunately, low back pain is widespread, and it’s often hard to figure out why it’s happening or how to feel better. Too many people reflexively turn to medications, surgery or ongoing …

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Getting Fit Gives You the Power to Travel Anywhere You Like

  Are you fit enough to have the power to travel anywhere you’d like to go? Kay Willoughby turns 75 in November. In just the last decade, she’s been fishing in Alaska, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, and hiking through the great cities of Europe. But on a recent river cruise in Russia, she …

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Caregiver, Care for Thyself: Staying Fit Is Key in Demanding Situations

The Baby Boom Generation is becoming The Caregiver Generation. As a fifty-something with a Mother living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, this is something I’m going through myself right now. And I’m not alone. Millions of adults over 50 provide physical care and emotional support to parents or other family members and friends. Some also take …

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No Bones about It: Exercise Is Great for Bone Health

Exercise for Bone Health Here’s another myth about exercising past 50 that we are happy to bust. You used to hear mature people say they shouldn’t lift weights because it could hurt their bones. But today’s active adult should know the truth: Strength training is great for bone health, and even helps prevent falls. People …

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Keep Your Tennis Game Strong with Time Working Out

Want to keep your tennis game strong? Playing sports is a lifetime love for countless people. And if you’re a maturing athlete, you don’t have to give up your favorite games. In fact, regular exercise at the gym or studio can keep you strong, fit and agile for just about anything. Take Brooke Kline, for …

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How Exercise Battles the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Mark Jefferson had always been an athlete, and he was still a competitive tennis player in his 60s when the trouble started. He noticed he couldn’t step as far when chasing balls. Men he used to beat easily were suddenly topping him. At Mark’s next medical checkup, his doctor noticed something about his gait and …

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