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Staying Strong Against Ageism With Strength Training

Ageism is ugly, mean and stupid – and it’s also dangerous to your health. The good news? By exercising regularly and living a healthy lifestyle, you’re achieving two awesome tasks: Overcoming ageism’s negative effects on you Setting an example to show other people over 50 they can do the same The UN and the World …

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Exercise is Key for Brain and Mental Health

How do you feel today? It’s a simple question that can bring a lot of different responses, right? You might say, “I feel great – had a checkup with the doctor yesterday and everything’s good.”  Or, “I feel kinda crabby… Didn’t get much sleep last night.”  Or even, “I feel tired and sore, and I …

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Here’s A Special Way to Celebrate Another Birthday

What sounds like a perfect way to celebrate another birthday? For Jerry Mathis, it wasn’t about cake or resting by the pool. For his 75th birthday, Jerry ran his first Spartan race, instead. It was a 5k course with 20 obstacles like climbing over walls, shimmying up ropes, and trekking through swampy land. Sound like …

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Why We Need to Hold onto Our Muscle Mass: ‘Use It or Lose It’

You’ve probably heard the term “use it or lose it” when it comes to losing muscle and strength as you get older. Here’s a perfect example. A year ago, Pam was vibrant, an active member of a fitness studio, and celebrating her 83rd birthday. But after the Covid-19 pandemic kept her mostly housebound, she grew …

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Heart Health: Exercise Helped When a Dreaded Fear Became Real

That Friday evening began like any other. When Deb C. (middle) sat down to watch “Jeopardy!” she had no idea how scary things were about to get. “I started having all the classic symptoms of a heart attack,” says Deb, who was 57 at the time. “I felt like someone was sitting on my chest …

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Success Story: Meet 2 Older Superwomen Who Prove the Power of Fitness

In the world of older superwomen taking control of their health, Vera, 65, and Cheri, 73, are myth-busting superstars. They work out several times a week with weights, machines, and cardio to stay strong and flexible in their retirement. They are remarkable for doing so well what should be less remarkable in our society: Exercising …

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Posture Plays Important Health Role Later in Life

How many times did your mother harp on you about good posture when you were growing up? “Stand up straight!” “Stop slouching!” We all used to hear that as children, right? It’s even more important now, later in life. Parents might tell their kids to correct their posture more to instill pride and project confidence. …

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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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21 Reasons to Stick with Your Fitness Commitment in 2021

Whether you made a resolution to get fit or just renewed your commitment to exercise and eat right, I’m here to keep you going throughout the year with these 21 reasons to stick with it in 2021. Stick With Your Fitness Commitment in 2021: Because 2020 could not have been more challenging! This is the …

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