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Great Gait! Seven Steps to Better Walking

Any time of year is a great time to take a walk, but at this time of year you see hundreds of news reports and blogs touting the benefits of a Thanksgiving Day walk. Have you ever wondered if the WAY you walk is helping or hindering? Read to learn seven steps to a great gait.

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It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Are You a Caregiver?

It’s National Family Caregivers Month. As I’m a caregiver, I jumped at the chance to bring you this important public service information from AARP and the Ad Council about some of the resources available to the more than 42 million caregivers in the U.S. If you’re like most people, your mental image of a caregiver is of middle-aged women taking care of elderly parents. For me, only half of that is true. I’m middle-aged (or early Renaissance; medieval if you’re one of my boys). But I’m not caring for my parents; I’m now caring for someone who is only 57 and had a stroke in late September.

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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Everyone has great ideas for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Our ideas actually work. How do we know that? Well, I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I know (and write professionally) about healthy eating, and I have a Master’s in systemic counseling. More importantly, we use these tips ourselves.

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It’s My Boomer Birthday and I’m Becoming Less Visible

I’m turning 56 in a few days, right on the heels of attending the IDEA World Fitness Convention. I don’t care either way about tacking on another year, yet I have noticed a trend over the past few years. I seem to be becoming less visible. Or maybe just less desirable. Let me explain.

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Exercise and Arthritis

A reader wonders if exercise is an option with an arthritic hip. Luckily, research supports four recommendations, and those are… (click the link to find out)

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7 Quirky Exercise Options When Traveling

Summer time is travel time. That can also mean spending more time sitting in planes, cars, hotel rooms, and on relatives’ couches. Vacations and travel also disrupt workout and exercise routines. Getting in some movement while on the road or in the air is mostly about looking at options from a new angle. You get 7 easy options for this trip with us!

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Ultimate Baby Boomer Workouts: 7 Key Training Principles

Want the Ultimate Baby Boomer Body? Personally I am ok with the “Ixnay on the Bikini, but I’ll Still Wear a One-Piece” Body. To get either version, you’ll need to incorporate 7 important, midlife-specific training principles into your workout routines. First find out the 6 ways midlife women are unusual when it comes to exercise.

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Best Workout Surfaces

As a boomer and group fitness instructor with one reconstructed knee and a fused big toe (both due to soccer), I am always mindful about the surfaces I exercise on. Some surfaces hurt; others feel cushiony and safe. Whether you have an injury or are trying to prevent one, it’s smart to work out on a forgiving, protective surface. I tested out Regupol flooring to see if it met the Three S’s.

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What is Your Health Worth?

Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA Retreat to A Week at Sky Ranch Fitness Is a fitness spa or resort vacation in your future? Alexandra: My physical, emotional and mental fitness is important to me. Ever since January, when I wrote about trying to lose the ten pounds  that found me, I’ve been working hard […]

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Reaching Your Fitness Goals, or How Are Those New Year Resolutions Coming Along

We are one-sixth of the way through 2014. This is about the time when many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions to move more, eat better, lose weight – the list goes on. It’s easy to understand – the weather isn’t cooperative, you aren’t seeing improvements, there’s no time – that list goes on too! Please don’t get discouraged. Keep at it.

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