healthy living

Ikaria, American Style: Sex, Naps, and Wine

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeFelice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. Imagine living in a place that seems more like fantasy than reality… Imagine living in a place where no one wears watches. They’re not needed because no one is ever in a hurry.  You are invited for lunch and arrive whenever you feel like …

Do Healthy Choices Matter?

Posted on 10/2/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health  Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. When something good happens to me it’s because I’m good. When something bad happens to me it’s because the world or something out there is bad. When something bad happens to someone else it’s because they’re inherently bad. When something good happens …

Ten Ways to Outsmart Food Cravings

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Losing weight and keeping it off require effective management of food cravings that can easily undermine plans to eat healthfully. Use these 10 tips to manage yourself through the crazy maze of cravings: 1. Eat at regular intervals. To avoid becoming overly hungry, don’t go more than five hours without eating. 2. Include protein in each meal to control appetite. Skinless poultry, fish, eggs and low-calorie dairy products are good sources. 3. Stay hydrated with water, since thirst can mask …

Make Your Life Story Award Winning: Be in the Moment

Posted on 03/6/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeYour life story is written by one person and only one person and that is YOU. We create each and every page of our unique life story. Each moment becomes part of our own personal blueprint.  Your story will be like no one else’s. You can decided whether you are going to be a hero or a bully or a best friend, a good spouse…whatever the title, the adjective, the noun…you plug them into the script. Each new day we are …

Brain Games are Good Games

Posted on 01/27/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWe’ve all heard the lingo used to describe brain as brawn: flex, workout, mental gymnastics and the like. But doing a bunch of good, old, hard thinking can be great for what is actually going on inside your head. We’re not saying you have to do astrophysics or argue over Nitchze in your spare time (though those can be fun), but we do have a series of brain training games that can put your head-space through its paces. Plus, if people think you’re …

Hack Your Brain: How To Keep Healthy Behaviors On Track

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. About this point in the New Year’s Resolution cycle, the novelty has begun to wear off. Many healthy eating and exercising plans have been fudged or abandoned out of frustration. One thing that I’ve learned in years of trying to live a healthy lifestyle is that willpower isn’t enough. Willpower is like a muscle, and it can become exhausted over time. Basically, the emotional part …