fitness after 50

3 Ways to Get in Shape — Fast!

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy husband calls me the Queen of Empiricism: I don’t believe something works until I try it myself. For example, I didn’t think my body would ever bounce back after I turned 50. By that milestone birthday, I was almost 15 pounds heavier than I am today at 57. I was depleted of energy. I felt less than happy with how I looked. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  I was also worried about the likely health effects …

Sweat Your Way To Younger Looking Skin

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionBy now we’re all familiar with the golden rules for keeping our skin from aging prematurely: Use sunscreen (at least 30 SPF), exfoliate, moisturize, use a retinol product, get enough sleep, eat well and don’t drink too much alcohol. Now it turns out that regular exercise might be as helpful to keeping skin from aging as it is to keeping the body youthful. A New York Times report about a recent study stopped me in my tracks — literally. I was …

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 …