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Exercise Makes Getting Outside Even Better

Getting in shape at a gym or fitness studio is a great way to spend time outside.   Wait – what?   It’s true. Getting fit or staying fit helps people over 50 enjoy tennis, golf and gardening; playing with the grandkids; walking, jogging or bicycling…...

Healthy Recipe, Chickpeas with Baby Spinach

This is easy to put together, mostly from items you probably already have. It's good on its own, or with couscous, jasmine rice or pasta. It's easily modified with your favorite seasonings, like curry, and extras like tomatoes and onion.  Ingredients...

Research Keeps Showing How Meditation Is So Helpful

Slow down and relax. Unplug. Take it easy. These are all phrases to describe an ancient practice that helps improve physical, mental and spiritual health: meditation. A new Canadian study shows that meditation reduces late-life depression and anxiety. It’s just the...

Exercise Makes Getting Outside Even Better

Getting in shape at a gym or fitness studio is a great way to spend time outside.   Wait – what?   It’s true. Getting fit or staying fit helps people over 50 enjoy tennis, golf and gardening; playing with the grandkids; walking, jogging or bicycling…...

Healthy Recipe, Chickpeas with Baby Spinach

This is easy to put together, mostly from items you probably already have. It's good on its own, or with couscous, jasmine rice or pasta. It's easily modified with your favorite seasonings, like curry, and extras like tomatoes and onion.  Ingredients...

Research Keeps Showing How Meditation Is So Helpful

Slow down and relax. Unplug. Take it easy. These are all phrases to describe an ancient practice that helps improve physical, mental and spiritual health: meditation. A new Canadian study shows that meditation reduces late-life depression and anxiety. It’s just the...

Her Secret to Living to 100? Keep Moving

Wisdom often comes with longevity, as Toni Stahl proves. As she prepares to celebrate her 100th birthday, Mrs. Stahl credits a positive attitude, See’s dark chocolate, an occasional sip of alcohol – and her favorite activity, working out three times a week at a local...

Healthy Recipe, Napa Valley Glazed Salmon Recipe

Elegant and gourmet-delicious, this salmon recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve with grilled leeks over white beans seasoned with vinegar, honey and fresh thyme, or atop gently steamed baby spinach, both are Napa Valley trendy. Ingredients 2 tablespoons...

How to Stay on Track When You’re Traveling

Are you making travel plans for spring and summer? Be sure to include exercise in your discussions so you can stay active while you’re away. Of course, traveling can mean a lot of movement just walking through airports and carrying luggage. Some people prefer activity...

Healthy Recipe, Quinoa Cakes

These are packed with nutrients and protein. They’re good with a side salad for a complete dinner. Ingredients 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into spears1 cup uncooked quinoa2 eggs3 cloves garlic, minced6 ounces Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, shredded2 tablespoons...

How Dedication Brought Him to His Next Chapter

“Reinvent yourself” is a modern mantra for countless Americans.   In the years since digital disruption and the economic recession, we still see proof all around us. So many Americans are creating the next chapters of their lives in or near retirement, or to...

Healthy Eating: Heart-Healthy Kitchen Staples

February is American Heart Association month, and a good time for a healthy checklist for the kitchen. For low-stress meal prep and healthy eating ease, plan ahead and be prepared. “Well-stocked” means having basic heart-healthy ingredients on hand at all times....

Science Keeps Telling Us: Move, Move, Move

Seniors exercising in the park Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” It’s a nice, homey metaphor. It’s also true literally, according to a pair of new studies that say movement is the key to longevity as...

Where Do You Fit on the Fitness Spectrum?

On the spectrum of physical ability, where do you rank? More importantly, where do you want to rank? Let’s look at a five-point scale. Most people over 50 fall into one of these categories. Elite athleteFitIndependentFrailDependent We’ll look at each in more detail...

Healthy Recipe: Apricot-Mustard Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This turns fresh apricots into a tangy-sweet sauce and glaze for meaty pork tenderloin. (You can make the sauce with plums if apricots aren’t available.) Serve with a simple vinaigrette-dressed spinach salad tossed with red onion, shaved pecorino Romano or Parmesan...

HIIT Happens to Be Excellent for Active Adults

Senior man jogging on treadmill. Have you heard about High-Intensity Interval Training and wondered what HIIT’s all about? Or noticed joggers or walkers sporadically speeding up for short bouts? HIIT is a great way to make the most of aerobic exercise, and although it...

Why the Buddy System Works So Well

At 73, Carolyn Weaver found herself at a crossroads last summer. Years of spinal trouble and chronic pain had left her too weak to walk to the car alone, let alone drive. “Everybody was really sweet – ‘Let’s take care of Nana,’ ” the retired midwife recalls. “But I...

Healthy Recipe: Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta

This quick and healthy pasta recipe serves six. You can use any tubular pasta with it to satisfy the need for yummy comfort food. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion 6 ounces mild pork sausage, casings removed 1...

19 Reasons to Stick with Your Fitness Commitment in ‘19

We’re still in January, far too early to even think about giving up on healthy habits for the year. Whether you made a resolution to get fit or just renewed your commitment to exercise and eat right, we’re here to keep you going throughout the year with these 19...

Healthy Recipe: Warm Berry Crisp

Photo showing a delicious summer fruit crumble, just taken out of the oven and ready to serve up, with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. The fruit in the crumble include chopped apple, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, redcurrants and...

Weightlifting Improves Sleep – Plus More Tips for Restful Nights

Weightlifting has countless health benefits for people over age 50, all throughout life. Resistance training for mature adults keeps us from losing muscle mass as we age. You might already know that it helps with weight loss, balance, blood pressure, and mood. Did you...

Healthy Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

This dish proves meat and cheese aren’t really necessary for delicious, satisfying tacos. Hearty pinto beans provide the base, and the veggies are the real stars: cauliflower, poblano peppers and tomatoes, dusted with chili powder and roasted to sweet, crispy...

3 Myths about Staying Fit as We Mature

Remember the old “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” commercial? It’s amazing how that image of a helpless, frail and frightened older woman has persisted. In fact, it reinforces one of the top myths about Baby Boomers, a marketing agency reports. “Consumers 55 and over...

Healthy Recipe: Turkey Bacon and Spinach Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

Usually made with gobs of cheese, heavy cream, and eggs, quiche is normally a calorie-dense dish. Instead, this recipe (from the American Heart Association) slashes calories and fat with egg whites, fat-free cheese, turkey bacon and skim milk. The crust is made of...

7 Foods We Should All Enjoy Regularly

Let’s take a break from recipes and to re-focus on some basic foods that are great for people over 50 to eat regularly. Eating the right foods is essential to good health and being able to exercise. You wouldn’t pour cement into your car’s gas tank and expect it run,...

Simple Steps to Being Mindful during a Workout

When working out, is it best to: Talk on the phone, worry about your “to do” list, and hold your breath while exerting yourself? Or Pay attention to your breathing and your body, avoid judgment of yourself and others, and be thankful for what you can do? We hope the...

How Snowbirds, and the Rest of Us, Can Stay Fit over the Winter

Snowbirds heading south for the winter have a lot to look forward to. The milder weather. The sunshine. Seeing old friends. And we know they will want to keep up their fitness routines – or take the change of scenery as a chance to start some. And everyone staying put...

Healthy Recipe: Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

This one-pan chicken dish is a whole meal in one skillet. But add a simple side salad to sneak in another serving of veggies. This calls for tender haricots verts because they're quick cooking; traditional green beans likely won't be tender enough after the brief...

Fitness Training for Baby Boomers Ranks as No. 4 Trend for 2019

Exercise later in life isn’t just important. It’s downright trendy. Fitness programs for people over 50 rank as the No. 4 hot topic coming next year, according to the 13th annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends from international consulting giant Wolters Kluwer...

Healthy Recipe, Chopped Mexican Salad with Lime

A citrus marinade brings the vegetables to life. Serve this salad as a side dish or as an entree. From The American Diabetes Association’s “Tex Mex Diabetes Cooking” book. Ingredients Lime juice, 1/2 cupolive oil,  ¼ cupcrushed red pepper flakes, 1...

Exercise Plays a Crucial Role in Preventing, Treating Diabetes

Ten years ago, Alan Rosenthal was a fit 60-year-old who had just returned from a long bicycle trip through France. Then a simple blood test revealed type 2 diabetes. His doctor gave him a three-day course on diet, exercise, and self-care for a diabetic. The doctor...

Work It Out: 5 Facts about Low Back Pain

Lower back pain represented by a human body with dorsalgia disease highlighted in red showing chronic spinal medical symptoms that relate to weakness numbness and tingling. If you suffer from chronic pain in your low back, you are not alone. Not by a long shot....

Healthy Recipe: Alton’s Lentil Soup

The Food Network’s Alton Brown shares his lentil soup. Mmmm, so good – and just 372 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving. Cozy up with a bowl of this and a side salad for a well-rounded wintertime meal. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil1 cup finely chopped onion½...

Healthy Recipe: Tailgate Chili

Want to feed the crew while watching the big game this weekend? Try this classic chili recipe that's good for your heart – it’s even from the American Heart Association. And it's ready in just 30 minutes. Ingredients 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef (or ground...

Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

It’s that time of year for pumpkin-flavored everything. And why not? Pumpkins have fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re high in vitamin C and E, potassium, copper and carotene. These nutrients help prevent heart problems, weight gain and vision loss....

Get Ready for the Slopes at the Gym

If you’re thinking about skiing this winter, now is the time to start getting ready. Stamina, strength and flexibility are key to being in peak skiing condition. Come talk to us about any questions you have. But here’s a good general guide to how to prepare. Cardio....

Success Story: How One Man Came Back from the Brink of ‘Indulgence’

Nate Wilkins was living the good life. He was traveling a lot for work, as a parks and recreation administrator in Florida. He was eating out a lot, and indulging at business lunches and happy hours. Sure, he noticed he was packing on some pounds, but he was busy --...

Whole Wheat Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce Casserole

Here’s a good recipe as the days grow shorter and cooler. A delicious and simple vegetarian pasta to spruce up your meat-free Mondays – or any day of the week. It weighs in at less than 500 calories per serving. Brought to you by Active Aging Week, an awareness...

Getting Fit Gives You the Power to Travel Anywhere You Like

Kay Willoughby turns 75 in November. In just the last decade, she’s been fishing in Alaska, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, and hiking through the great cities of Europe. But on a recent river cruise in Russia, she was sad for some of her peers who lacked the...

Kale and Chickpea Grain Bowl with Avocado Dressing

Cooking Light:Kale Chickpea Grain Bowl Avo Tahini Dressing This dish is crunchy and colorful, thanks to crispy carrots and chickpeas, fresh kale, and a vibrant avocado dressing. It also delivers more than 50 percent of the daily dose of fiber! Make ahead for lunch, if...

Pumpkin Soup

It’s that time of year when everyone’s going crazy for all things pumpkin again. In keeping with the spirit of the season, then, here’s a yummy and simple pumpkin soup everyone in the family will enjoy. This one’s from A Place for Mom, which has gathered 25 recipes...

Bill’s Top 5 Gym Tips

Bill Hendricks, 68, has spent a lot of time in the gym over the last several years. You don’t need to be nearly as devoted as he is to see important health benefits, and to feel and look better. Here are some of his top lessons, which are helpful to anyone, no matter...