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A Painful Moment Spurs Big Life Changes

Big life changes often follow a moment of clarity that can be startling, liberating or even painful. For Gina, age 59, her epiphany came while she and her husband were taking a tour of a gym in their new community. Gina was a recently retired nurse and had become obese over the years, weighing 340 …

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How Poor Sleep Can Lead to Fat Gain

During the last few decades, sleeping less has become a very common behavior in western countries. While many may view sleeping as little as possible as an admirable behavior, evidence shows that poor sleep may have adverse health effects. Sleep plays a major role in hormone balance and glucose metabolism. Several hormones respond to poor …

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What Will Finally Make You Say, “It’s Time to Change”

How do you know when it’s time to change? Here’s a common scenario for people over 50. They’ve gradually gained weight over the last couple of decades, and now they’re obese or getting there. They may have also developed chronic diseases that are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, such as type …

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How Do You Want to Change in 10 Years?

What a difference a decade makes. Just ask Debbie S., shown above. Or Terry A. Or any of the hundreds of thousands of people participating in Facebook’s #10YearChallenge – including countless people over 50 who have used the last decade to improve their lives through exercise, eating right, and other healthy habits. The challenge has …

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How Exercise Boosts Your Metabolism at Any Age

You might’ve heard people talk about their metabolism and how it relates to their weight, maybe in statements like these: “I never gain a pound – I guess I just have a high metabolism.” Or: “I keep gaining weight since I turned 40. My metabolism must have slowed down.” But have you ever wondered what …

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How to Build Healthy Habits in the New Year (and Beyond)

Habits can be hard to form, particularly later in life when we might want to rely on familiar ways. But, armed with strong information and reliable tactics, you can adjust your tactics to build healthy habits in 2022 and beyond. See, it turns out we’ve been thinking about forming habits all wrong. It’s not about …

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She’s Fighting to Lose the Pandemic Weight – and Loving It

Mary Frances Benton, 59, knows it will take some time to lose the pandemic weight – 40 pounds. But she’s already down 15 since February, so her spirit is strong. She’s also done this before. About 10 years ago, Mary Frances noticed that she was gaining weight. There wasn’t a main reason she could cite, …

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Belly Fat & How to Get Rid Of It

Nobody likes belly fat, but almost everybody struggles with it to some degree. Among all kinds of fat, belly fat is the one that gets the most attention. I am frequently asked to help my clients lose weight – and often, it’s specifically about the extended, round belly that tends to accumulate after 50 or …

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Eat the Rainbow for 5 Servings of Fruits & Vegetables

  Here’s a fun way to make sure you’re getting the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Just eat the rainbow every day! Fruits and vegetables come in all colors, not just green. So make an effort to eat something of a different hue, from oranges to red apples. It’ll make shopping in the …

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Resistance Training Prevents Obesity, Study Indicates

Women and men over 50 who want to avoid obesity should be lifting weights regularly. That’s the finding of a large new study of how resistance training (weights, medicine balls, Kettlebells, resistance bands, etc.) can improve and lengthen lives. We tend to think of cardio exercise, like jogging or biking, to fight fat. Resistance Training …

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