exercise

Working Out to Help His Brain Stay Sharp

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeT Michael Harty, 59, works out every day. But he doesn’t use elliptical trainers, weight machines or stationary bicycles. His workout regimen: brain exercises. The Shippensburg, Pa., man keeps his mind in fighting form by spending at least a half hour a day memorizing random cards, number sequences and words.  On March 29, he’ll put his skills to the test when he comes up against more than 70 other mental athletes at the USA Memory Championship in New York. Participants …

How To Get Your Arms In Shape For Summer? Push-ups!

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionIt seems the older I get the more difficult it is to get certain body parts back in shape. This is especially true of my arms. But, here’s the good news: I have found an easy way to make arms strong and lean again in a few minutes a day: I do push-ups. Even if you’re already engaged in a regular exercise program (and I hope you are), you should give serious consideration to adding push-ups to your routine.  There’s …

Mrs. Obama: How About ‘Let’s Move!’ for Older Women?

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthRecently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Good News About Exercise: It’s Never too Late to Start

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayNeed inspiration to head out to that Turkey Trot in the frightful weather? A new study finds that regular physical activity later in life boosts the likelihood of healthy aging up to sevenfold. What’s more, the findings, published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show that it’s never too late to start. “Significant health benefits were even seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life,” wrote the study authors, led by Mark Hamer of the …

Don’t Rush: Long, Slow Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf a new British study is right, slow and steady wins the (health) race for older men trying to lower their risk of stroke. According to researchers, it wasn’t how fast the men walked, but how long and how often they walked. Long daily strolls were much more important than short brisk walks. In the study of  3,435 men ages 60 to 80, researchers found that walking for an hour or two a day (or eight to 14 hours a …