Exercise Helps Keep Your Brain Strong, Too

September 20, 2022 Remember in school when the health teacher warned you about drinking? She probably said something like: Alcohol kills brain cells, and YOU NEVER GET NEW BRAIN CELLS. Scary stuff. Well, guess what? It’s not true about never getting new brain cells – although the choices you make in life affect your brain …

Gym Workouts Will Help Your Rule the Pickleball Court

September 6, 2022 Pickleball just keeps growing and growing – in popularity and in media attention. It’s beyond trendy now, with some 5 million people playing, many of them active agers over 50 – and beyond. So, it’s important to point out something that many folks might not realize: Gym workouts make you a better …

Fitness Keeps You Strong for Serious Challenges

August 23, 2022 Ricky Banks is a walking advertisement for fitness over 50 – which makes sense, because he owns a successful gym and turned 57 this year. But it’s true now more than ever after a near-fatal medical emergency this year. Doctors and Ricky believe his healthy lifestyle helped him survive the loss of …

Success Story: Learning to Adapt and Stay Active

August 16, 2022 Befitting for a theatrical performer, Dan Grady’s fitness journey can be told in three acts. Act I: A talented youth trains for years among ballet’s elite, then begins decade-long career dancing on Broadway. Act 2: After his dancing career ends, he grows frustrated with his body’s limitations and realizes change is essential …

7 Lies You Tell Yourself to Avoid Getting Fit

August 9, 2022 Was it Freud who said we can’t get through the day without telling ourselves seven little lies? Or was it a magazine quiz we read in the dentist’s office? Doesn’t matter! The point is: We all love to tell ourselves “harmless” fibs to avoid doing something we know we “should” do. It’s …

After Deep Loss, A Powerful Friendship Blossoms at the Gym

August 2, 2022 When Glenna Brown’s husband became ill, she found that regular exercise at a nearby studio helped her deal with the stress and remain strong enough to be a good caregiver. When he died, Glenna (above, left) found more: a loving support group that helped her through her loss, and a new friend …

Daily Functions or Gold Medals: He Proves Exercise Is the Way

July 27, 2022 Don Phillips won a slew of medals at the recent National Senior Games. But the real value of his healthy lifestyle is far more ordinary. It’s also what so many people want as they get older: Functional fitness. Don, a 91-year-old retired veterinarian, recently drove 250 miles to a school reunion. He …

Fitness Over 50: Sharing the Common Goal

July 12, 2022 A friend in marketing has come up with four categories of what he calls the “Over 50 Fitness Consumer.” It got me thinking, so I want to know. What do you think of this idea? Do you see yourself in one of these groups? Regardless, this idea illustrates a crucial point about …

Are You Too Old to Exercise? More Common Questions about Fitness over 50

July 5, 2022 Here are more of the questions I’m often asked about exercise after age 50. Let me know of any other questions you have! I am happy to answer them. Question: Older people don’t need to lift weights, right? Answer: Wrong! Resistance training is ESSENTIAL for everyone as we age, for many reasons …

What Will Make You Finally Say, ‘It’s Time’

June 21, 2022 Here’s one of the great things about getting older: Here’s a common scenario for people over 50. They’ve gradually gained weight over the last couple of decades, and now they’re obese or getting there. Somewhere over the years, they stopped participating in hobbies and sports. If they ever were a regular gym-goer …