2 Numbers That Matter Most After 50

After 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 …

NEWS FLASH: Risk of Breaking Bones After 50 Is Bigger Than We Thought

There’s a silent and stealthy disease you may not even know you have …until you fall. A new study, “The 2010 Burden of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass among Residents of the U.S. Age 50 and Older,” released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation during its annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis reveals that the prevalence of low bone density and the risk of breaking a bone are far greater among people over 50 than previously realized. The risk of breaking bones – a major …

7 Essentials for Living Your Best Life After 50

We’re all aging. And this much I’ve figured out: the challenge isn’t how to stop it, it’s how to do it. When I turned 50 a few years ago, it became unnervingly clear that changes had to be made. Post-menopausal pounds were creeping on, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were rising, I wasn’t moving my body enough and as a result, my energy was waning. All of this was making me feel invisible, old and ready to give up …

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

There’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 …

6 Ways Turning 56 Was Far Different than 50

A few months ago I turned 56. To commemorate and celebrate, I ran 5.6 miles around Central Park. It felt good knowing I could run that distance and still be fit enough to join my husband and daughters at a birthday dinner downtown a few hours later. That’s a sea change from when I turned 50. Then –what now seems like a lifetime ago — running two miles would have been out of the question. I was out-of-shape and stuck …

The #1 Reason Why Women Age Better Than Men

Do women embrace aging better than men? Are we happier with our lives and better equipped to handle the myriad changes that life often throws our way? Are we better at digging deeper to our very core to pull out our inner resources for what we truly need as we get older? According to Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a noted Yale professor of psychology and author of “The Power of Women,” an article featured in Psychology Today, the answer could be “yes.” Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema believes …