fitness after 50

Balance Your Way to Fitness After 50

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAccording to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, we lose 1 percent of bone mass every year after 50. In fact, for some of us, especially women, bone loss can happen very quickly, causing us to lose up to 20 percent of our bone density during the five to seven years following menopause, paving the way for osteoporosis. And, having osteoporosis is the biggest risk factor for breaking a bone if we fall. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The …

Ready To Run? Don’t Let Age Get In The Way

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI love to run. I run to clear my head, burn calories, strengthen my lower body . . . and it just feels good. Sure, there are plenty of mornings when I’d rather hit the “snooze” button, or linger over another cup of coffee. But, I’m always glad when I’ve pushed myself to get up . . . and get out there. To be on the safe side, though, I’ve learned to become a ‘mindful runner’. I don’t “pound the …

2 Numbers That Matter Most After 50

Posted on 08/12/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionAfter turning 50, I made a life-changing decision to never again focus on numbers that are irrelevant to my happiness, health and well-being, and only embrace those that are. Age, for example, is a measurement of life of which I make note of and celebrate (with joy!) each year. However, it does not define me, as it once did. It didn’t stop me from taking up running, and I gave no thought to my age when I decided to embark …

Plastic Surgery On Your Mind? Before You Do That… Do This

Posted on 04/11/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionRecently, I went to a lecture about women, aging and self-esteem. It was disconcerting. The lecturer, a therapist in her mid-50s, deals frequently with women who are unhappy with how they look, and who feel unprepared for the changes that they are seeing as they get older. The lecturer acknowledged that women in their 50s (and over) are in a “beauty bind.” In the past, women (like our grandmothers) aged together. The playing field was level. Very few of them …

The Fat After 50 You Really Need to Fear (and How to Get Rid of It)

Posted on 04/4/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionThere’s a kind of fat that can creep up on us as we age that is so awful, even its name sounds sneaky and mean. Visceral fat. What is visceral fat, you ask? It’s fat you can’t see. It’s fat that weaves itself around your heart and other internal organs. It’s really evil, and you don’t want it in your body. We all have subcutaneous fat, which is the noticeable layer of fat that lies just below the skin. Visceral …

The 50% Solution to Weight Loss After 50 (and Before the Holidays!)

Posted on 11/16/2012 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionLosing weight and getting back in shape isn’t always easy after 50. But I learned something new a few years ago after packing on almost 15 (and counting) post-menopausal pounds: it’s far from impossible. What’s more, I found a three-part solution that works: establish an achievable goal eat less move more Simple! A plan to lose weight or start a fitness program can be stymied before you even start if it seems too difficult to do. Like most of us, …