How to Enhance Your Workouts as You Are Aging

For Americans, the average life expectancy now surpasses 78 years, an increase of more than 4 years since 1980. So, at what point do you decide to sit down and stop moving? Never! New science proves that our bodies are constantly growing and renewing as we age, and we can continue to improve our function, mobility, longevity and quality of life with movement.

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Listen to Your Heart

Are you more afraid of getting cancer than heart disease? If so, you’re not alone. According to the American Heart Association, while it’s true that heart disease is the No.1 killer in women, only 1 in 5 American women believe that it is her greatest health threat.

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Real Life Success Stories: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Meet Debbie, a woman who's lost 20 pounds over the last four months by sticking to a regular walking program and by making sensible dietary changes (substituting fruits and veggies for starchy carbs).  At a weight loss of 5 pounds a month, Debbie is losing a little more than a pound a week, which is what we consider healthy weight loss because it indicates real behavior modification as opposed to a quick fix.

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Real Life Success Stories: Track Your Workouts

It’s not so much that I love the act of running as that I love what it does for me – the health benefits of building bone, strengthening my heart, clearing my arteries, keeping my brain sharp – and the lifestyle benefits of staying fit for travel, for building stamina for long trips, for climbing up to the top of perched villages or the steep escalators of the Q train!

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Middle Management: What to Do About Midlife Belly?

I was always proud of my concave abdomen, my belly naturally flat and slightly hollow like a teen-ager’s.  I used to feel lucky and wonder how long it would last. Then one day in my early 40’s, it seemed to pop out overnight, becoming rounder.  Not only rounder, but firmer, too. I saw the beginning of the belly my mother and grandmother developed with age.

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Overcoming Inertia: The Sedentary Years

I was fortunate to be born with athletic talents; you could say fitness is in my bones.  As soon as I could walk I was doing flips off the jungle gym in the backyard and practicing “flying” from the top of a small play house. Every spare minute you could find me playing with jump ropes, pogo sticks, stilts and hula hoops.

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Run for the Hills

Years ago, a friend encouraged me to try running.  She made it sound so invigorating to gear up and be out in nature, jogging along the reservoir path in Central Park, under a beautiful canopy of trees that change with the seasons.  It looked easy enough, until the first time, when 1.6 miles stretched out before me like a marathon. Plugging away, I made it, and, over time, it gradually became easier to run around the reservoir.

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