Category Archives: Seniors

You and Exercise: A Love Story

Our relationship with exercise is a rocky one. At first everything will be going great with all the infatuation of new love. Then we will lose steam, our love will fade or we might even get hurt---literally. So we break up with exercise and we try to move on with our lives. For many of…
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It’s March. Do You Know Where Your New Year’s Resolutions Are?

What were your health-related New Year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to lose weight, get in shape, maybe get your blood pressure and/or cholesterol down? How’d that work out? Maybe you started with the best of intentions and did well for a few weeks, only to fall back into old patterns. Here are some strategies to…
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Nutrition in a Nutshell

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition is a tricky subject and opinions differ vastly. Since I am not a registered dietitian I don’t offer specific nutrition counsel. Rather than tell you exactly what to eat the purpose of this article is to define basic nutritional concepts and terms in order for you to judge for…
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Aging Well Part 4: Use It or Lose It!

What have you noticed most about age-related declines? Have you noticed it takes longer to do a physically demanding job like mowing the lawn? Do the jar lids that used to pop right open now require much more effort? Aging brings with it declines in physical work capacity as well as muscular strength and endurance.…
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SHOW ME THE SCIENCE!

How can you tell if the claim for the latest potion, pill or procedure is based on good science or junk science? There are so many scientific claims made—especially around health and fitness—that I really want to help my readers understand the scientific method, in hopes of learning the difference between legitimate and illegitimate claims.…
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It’s Time for Fitness February

Ah, February.  Or perhaps, uh-oh, it’s February already?  On the positive side, the days are getting longer, spring is approaching, and there will even be hope of extra chocolate around Valentine’s Day.  But, what about those New Year’s resolutions?  Are they starting to fade?  Are the extra holiday pounds and sluggish feeling still with us? …
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Dealing with Conflicting Health and Fitness Information

We’ve all faced information about our health and fitness that seems to conflict.  Perhaps you read on Tuesday that coffee is good for you and has multiple benefits, and then on Wednesday you read that coffee is bad for you and has multiple detriments!  What’s a person who is short on time and baffled by…
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Benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardiovascular exercise is aerobic activity* or exercise that requires oxygen and can be performed for a sustained period of time (i.e. longer than five minutes). (*Note: It is possible to perform anaerobic cardiovascular exercise but not recommended for untrained individuals or those with a low to moderate fitness level. For the purposes of this article…
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