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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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Gaining Inspiration From the 62-Year-Old Plank World Record Holder

  George Hood, a 62-year-old former Marine, made headlines recently when he broke the Guinness World Record for holding a plank position at a mindboggling time of 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. Even people who are very fit will struggle to hold a plank for more than a few minutes. Hood worked hard …

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Fitness and Heart Health: How Strength Training Battles the No. 1 Killer

Strength Training and Heart Health Everyone says they want to stay “young at heart.” But are they willing to lift weights to do it? Conventional wisdom has long held that running is better for heart health than weightlifting. Some research says that’s not so. For example, in one survey, scientists looked at health records of 4,000 …

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20 Steps to Your Perfect Vision for the New Year

  What are Your Goals for the New Year? If you want to sharpen your vision for 2020, forget about resolutions, which come with heavy pressure and high failure rates. Instead, I prefer thinking about positive steps you can take every day. Living the life you want to live takes steady, concentrated intention. Why pin …

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5 Ways to Start Getting in Better Shape

  Start Getting in Better Shape – Right Now We’re in the thick of the Holiday Season and many of you are beginning to think about your annual New Years Resolution to start getting in better shape. You know, after the Holidays are over and things settle down. Or, after you get back from where …

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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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