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Yep, We Really Have Gained Weight During Covid

You might’ve felt like you were gaining weight during the pandemic. After all, how many jokes did we all tell about gaining our “Covid-20,” right? Do you feel like you gained weight during Covid? Well, now we are beginning to see studies about how much people gained. It could have been about 2 pounds a …

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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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10 Movement Snacks and Other Small Steps to Wellbeing

Snacking is bad for you, right? Well, not necessarily. Let’s consider the idea of movement snacks. When we use the idea of “snacking” for exercise, or just movement, and other aspects of wellbeing, it can take us far on our daily goals to live better. We still need our full, well-balanced “meals” of gym workouts, …

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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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Why Your Process Goal Deserves More Focus Than Your Target Outcome

Did you start the new year with a big goal? Many of us do every year, right? We tell ourselves things like “I will lose XX pounds by this date!”  “I will save XX money by that date!”  “I will find my life partner … or my next career move … or set a retirement …

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Being Physically Fit Helped Him Recover from Covid-19

You probably already know that exercise helps you stay strong, healthy and independent as you get older. But it also helps when life throws you a curve in the form of, say, an injury or medical treatment common to older people. It can even help you recover from Covid-19. Take it from Andrew, 64, who …

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7 Healthy Habits to Stay Fit after 50

What’s the No. 1 secret to healthy living after 50? It’s not a pill, powder, diet, or anything you can buy. It’s consistency – nurturing healthy habits like exercising and eating right over time. The whole point of habits is that behaviors happen on auto-pilot like they’re second nature. Once healthy habits are established, they …

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10 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

What a year! Too bad we can’t just snap our fingers and enjoy a “normal” healthy holiday season, right? Well, 2020’s unique circumstances can bring a key reminder about living healthy after 50: Exercise, nutrition, sleep, and stress management are more important than ever – and consistency is vital to getting fit AND to staying …

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