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To Lose Weight and Get Fit in 2012, Should You Begin with Eating or Exercise?

Posted on 01/6/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthA common question for individuals starting out on their quest for fitness is whether to focus on eating or exercise. Would it be better to establish healthier eating habits and then add the habit of exercise? Or begin with exercise and work on nutrition later? Harvard University researcher Miquel Alonso studies the relationship between the two. His study suggests that exercise is the place to begin since “physical exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet.” He reports that exercise changes …

Six Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Posted on 12/23/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthWe are in the middle of one of the most dangerous seasons for overeating. The onset of winter, combined with back-to-back holidays, provides endless temptations. Dr. Holly Hull, a researcher at the University of Oklahoma who studies holiday weight gain, affirms our own experience: during the next few weeks, we’ll face an enticing array of opportunities to consume calorie-dense snacks, finger foods, appetizers, desserts and alcoholic drinks. You don’t have to be a researcher to notice how much weight Mr. …

Want to Lose Weight in 2012? Join the AARP Fat 2 Fit Online Community

Posted on 12/16/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthIf your New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, consider joining the AARP Fat 2 Fit online community. A research team, coordinated by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, found that the “accountability that comes with group participation can be instrumental in successful weight loss.” Their 2010 study, reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that the more often people used an interactive site supporting their fitness goals, the more successful they were in losing weight—and then maintaining their …

Thin for Life: How Do You Avoid the (Not-) Inevitable Backslide?

Posted on 12/9/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthDon’t we all know someone who had lost 30 pounds, swore to never regain the weight and then regained that much and more? Or someone who had exercised regularly, suffered an injury and then became a weight-gaining couch potato? These stories worried me, especially when a back injury threw me off track. Unable to play tennis, work out at the gym or practice yoga, I was limited to therapeutic pool walking. Distressed and irritable with pain, I found it easy …

Seniors Trade Rocking Chairs for Rackets

Posted on 10/28/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMore than ever, seniors are discovering the athlete within. Since the early 1990s, total participation (and participation by those over age 45) has grown in 21 sports and fitness activities. Note that these sports aren’t for sissies: basketball, bowling, mountain and rock climbing, walking, exercise with equipment, running and jogging, working out at a club, tackle football, golf, hiking, hunting with firearms, ice hockey, in-line skating, kayaking and rafting, martial arts, skateboarding, snorkeling, snowboarding, soccer, target shooting with firearms and …

Can You Survive Halloween Without Candy?

Posted on 10/21/2011 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAmericans are expected to spend a record $7 billion celebrating Halloween, and the average American family will spend about $75 on costumes, candy and decorations. Those of us who have misgivings about the economy may feel we want to cut back on spending, especially discretionary spending. And what could be better than saving money and promoting fitness? What actions can you take to slim your waist (instead of your wallet) during the Halloween celebration? What customs or traditions can you …