Book Recommendation: 30 Days to a Better Brain

We’re living longer these days. Yet most of us believe that living longer won’t mean living better. Many of us fear that our brains will suffer the ravages of age, bowing down to Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. It doesn’t have to be this way. Taking charge of our brain health is one of the most important steps we can take to enjoy quality longevity. Good brain health is within our grasp; we just need to take that first step: a commitment to ourselves to re-vamp our lifestyle.

In his book, Canyon Ranch 30 Days to a Better Brain, Dr. Richard Carmona uses up-to-date research to show us how to go beyond that first step.     Continue reading

Don’t Hibernate – Rejuvenate!

Don't Hibernate - Rejuvenate

For the month of December, I decided to hibernate like a big old bear. Until Christmas time came along, I would come home from work, get on my PJs, and cozy up underneath a blanket. The fitness freak, who for years, exercised every evening after dinner, had become a fitness slacker. **Gasp**

One would think that cozying up for the winter would be just the thing I needed to survive the cold grayness and shortened days of the season. But no. Rather than making me feel great, hibernation just sapped my energy and dragged down my mood. Lazing around all winter has other consequences as well. Continue reading

11 Key Strategies for Weight Management

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Dieting sucks. And all those weight-loss products that line the supermarket shelves don’t work.  Starving ourselves to lose weight doesn’t help.  Yo-yo dieting is bad for us.  

The reality is that losing weight and keeping it off requires a long-term (okay, a lifetime) commitment.

My motivation for making this commitment came from watching my mom suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes; then watching my sisters develop these conditions as they aged. In their cases, these diseases developed from unhealthy eating habits, along with carrying around too much extra weight.  Continue reading

How to Use the Internet to Lose Weight

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Want to lose 5, 10, or more pounds?

The internet provides some great tools to help jump-start your weight loss program, and many of them are free. Continue reading

Keep Moving for your Good Health

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I recently read The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging, (2012) written by Dr. Mike Moreno. The title wasn’t quite accurate, of course, since we all know we can’t stop those sneaky hands of time from creeping up on us.  However, the doc did provide some useful strategies for vital aging.

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of Strength Training for Senior Women

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What are some of the things that happen to our bodies as we age that make us feel “old?”

  • We lose muscle mass.
  • We gain weight, often around our stomachs.
  • Our bones become thinner and more porous.
  • We become more prone to injuries due to losing our balance and falling.
  • We have muscle aches and pains.
  • Our brains don’t seem to function as well:  we forget things, may become confused, lose some of our “smarts.” 
  • We get diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and all those other diseases that make life unpleasant, at the very least.

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ABC’s of Vital Aging: Aerobics

The proverbial fountain of youth can’t be found in a fountain. It’s not hidden in a bottle of expensive face cream or skin serum. It’s not about going ‘under the knife’ for plastic surgery. 

ABCs of Vital Aging: Aerobics

 

 

 

 

 

But it is out there. It’s in our city parks, on the bicycle paths. It’s in our neighborhoods, on the sidewalks. It’s in our neighborhood fitness centers or community pool. It’s in the tennis courts, athletic fields, and even on our televisions, with the help of DVD players.  Continue reading

7 Ways to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yourself

 

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Rejuevenate by getting enough sleep to fill your individual needs. Why do we need sleep?  While we’re sleeping, our brain is kicking in to create connections between brain cells and increasing neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to change and adapt Lack of sleep can actually make us age faster.* Continue reading