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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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Staying Fit Enough to Function in Everyday Life

You already know lots of reasons why you should exercise regularly. And maybe you shake your head and say, “Not for me.” Maybe you don’t want to look, feel, and move better; manage your blood pressure; prevent Type 2 diabetes, etc. Are You Fit Enough to Function? But have you thought about being able to …

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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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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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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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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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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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Here’s Why We Need to Lift Weights Later in Life

Let’s talk about muscles and why you need to lift weights to work yours on a regular basis. No, I am not talking about body-building. I am talking about the safest, most effective tool to improve your quality of life. Resistance training helps keep you from falling or otherwise hurting yourself needlessly if you’re later …

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