Mother Nature’s Gym

My sister Lucy and I have never traveled together. So, at our present ages of 73 and 66, we decided the time is now. The planning process has been thoroughly enjoyable because we want the same things: an active vacation with a little urban experience and plenty of green and blue - the green being woodlands, gardens and scenic landscapes; the blue being waterways - the coasts, rivers and lakes. 

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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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