11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone – and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

Goodnight, Sweet Wii?

Your grandchildren are probably too busy bugging you to preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts for them to notice, but this news will bring a tear to the eye of older gamers (and there are more of us out there than you might realize). Nintendo has just revealed that it’s ending production of the original Nintendo Wii in Japan, which means that seven-year-old gaming system’s days in the United States might be numbered as well. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter When the …

William Staub: He Gave Us a Run (Indoors) for Our Money

Even if you’re a dedicated walker or runner, there are days when the weather is way too yucky to go out. Or maybe you just want to catch the nightly news instead of going for a run. Fortunately, thanks to the indoor treadmill, you can get a vigorous aerobic workout without giving up either air-conditioned comfort or your TV show of choice – and, most amazing of all, without covering any actual ground at all. For that, we owe a …

Jane Fonda is back for a workout.

Love it. While Jane Fonda is talented in too many ways to count, one of these many gifts is being a fitness guru. Her aerobics videos were a worldwide hit back in the day, and it looks like at age 72 she’s back for more. Via USA Today: “The actress, who was the queen of the aerobics movement in the ’80s and ’90s, is hosting World Fitness Day, an exercise event Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. And she …

Yet Another Good Reason to Exercise

Recent research shows that aerobics might help individuals stave off mental decline.