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. 1. Elite athlete 2. Fit 3. Independent 4. Frail 5. Dependent We’ll look at each in [...]
Sometimes the smallest things pack the biggest punch. That’s the case with elastic exercise bands that are common in gyms and fitness studios. They’re also affordable, lightweight and versatile enough to have around the house and carry in purses, backpacks and luggage. Resistance bands have moved beyond physical therapy and [...]
Can you touch your toes? Or stand on one foot for 30 seconds? If you can’t, you’re not alone. But balance and flexibility are among the key facets of physical fitness. And just like cardiovascular endurance and strength, they diminish with age unless we work on them. Working on balance [...]
Vince wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Sheba wanted to participate with her son, a Special Olympian, and inspire other women to exercise. Ari wanted to lose weight and get healthy enough to play with his grandkids. What do these 60-somethings have in common? They [...]
A new study says resistance training is better for heart health than cardio exercise.
At 62, Jeff Lasater is dedicated to staying in shape. He lifts weights three times a week, and he runs on the treadmill three times a week. “I don’t want to live to be 80 if I’m not healthy,” says Jeff, who still enjoys his job in sales and was [...]
You probably already know that exercise helps you stay strong, healthy and independent as you get older. It also helps when life throws you a curve in the form of, say, a common injury or medical treatment. Take it from Shebah Carfagna, who underwent hip replacement surgery five months ago [...]
If you want to live longer, these five steps are key. Don’t smoke Keep a healthy weight Get regular physical activity Consume a healthy diet Drink alcohol moderately, if at all That might not be an earth-shaking list. But the study also put numbers on the extra life expectancy these [...]
Growing evidence shows that exercise keeps us mentally sharp as we age and fights Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.