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  1. Don’t Ignore Your Ankle Joints

    You probably know how important your hips and knees are. But we need to pay attention to our ankles, too. They require mobility and stability, just like all joints. If an ankle lacks either, it could cause problems up the line – at the knee, hip, and back. Mobility If the ankles are stiff, you […]

  2. Your Diet Is More Than What You Eat

    When someone asks about your diet, you naturally think about food, right? But what if we expand our ideas about the word “diet” to include everything we consume in other aspects of healthy living? What would your exercise “diet” be? Your emotional diet, your spiritual diet, etc.? It’s more than just an interesting way to […]

  3. Here’s A Special Way to Celebrate Another Birthday

    What sounds like a perfect way to celebrate your 75th birthday? For Jerry Mathis, it wasn’t about cake or resting by the pool. 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 fun to you? “I loved […]

  4. Why We Need to Hold onto Our Muscle Mass: ‘Use It or Lose It’

    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 frail and hunched over, concerning her children and sending her back to the fitness studio she had loved so much. “It was shocking to me to see […]

  5. Fitness Can Help Tackle Your Bucket List

    What’s on your “bucket list” of things you want to do at least once in life? Do you want to see your grandkids get married? Do you want to wear a dress you wore years ago but have outgrown? Maybe you want to climb a local hill – or Mount Kilimanjaro. We all have a […]

  6. Ah, Chocolate… Why Do We Love You So?

    We love chocolate – but why do we associate it so much with love, especially around Valentine’s Day? A few reasons, according to conventional wisdom and some (not entirely conclusive) scientific research. Chocolate has two components, phenethylamine, and tryptophan, that are relevant to brain function and love. “The former is a stimulant that is released […]

  7. How Many Steps to Fitness?

    Would you like to join the “get your steps” craze, but you’re intimidated by the big 10,000 number? You know – the common idea that we’re all supposed to get 10,000 steps a day. Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Well, it turns out that figure is more than twice as high as it needs […]

  8. 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 Or even Covid-19. Take it from Andrew Cuomo, 64. He contracted the coronavirus while […]

  9. 7 Healthy Habits to Stay Fit after 50

    Don’t just take it from me, Amy Lang is a friend, fellow functional aging specialist, and peer in the industry. Here’s what she has to say, sound familiar? 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 […]

  10. What These Images Reveal about Active Aging To

    Are you a “Golden Girl” or a showgirl? This meme of Rue McClanahan and Jennifer Lopez went viral, comparing the “Golden Girls” actress in 1985 to the unstoppable superstar during her Super Bowl halftime show this year. You get the sense it’s supposed to be a dig at the more matronly, old-fashioned image. But its […]

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