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How Exercise Helps Manage Our Changing Hormones

Aging & Changing Hormones Meridith Ford was at work when the first hot flash hit. “What in the world is happening to my body?” she remembers thinking a few years ago. It was the onset of menopause, which brings lower levels of estrogen and other changes to women’s bodies. Post-menopausal women can have a higher …

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Exercise to Prevent Falls, and 4 Other Tips to Stay Upright

Falling is a major fear about growing older – and it’s a leading cause of injury and death among mature adults. It’s also a common problem for people who don’t yet consider themselves “old” in the traditional sense. But it is not inevitable. Here are the top five ways to prevent falling, according to fitness, …

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Why Runners over 50 Need to Lift Weights

Like a lot of lifelong runners over 50, Grady Cash was so passionate about his sport that he never had much interest in lifting weights. But that changed a few years ago after he finished last in a short-distance race and noticed the guys who beat him were built differently. They had bigger shoulders, more …

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Exercise Equipment Doesn’t Come with Age Limits

  Exercise Equipment for Older Adults Stop – in the name of age? Believe it or not, some mature adults are discouraged from working out by well-meaning people using old stereotypes like these: “Put that thing down before you hurt yourself.” “No, that equipment isn’t for you golden oldies.”  “Just walk a few minutes when …

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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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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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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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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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