Can You Pass the One-Leg Test for Brain Health?

Here’s a quick, do-it-yourself test for brain health: See how long you can stay balanced on one leg. If you can’t hold that flamingo position for at least 20 seconds, it could indicate damage to small blood vessels in your brain even if you have no other symptoms, new research finds. That damage could put you at high risk for stroke and cognitive decline. A stroke is caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain that interrupts blood flow. …

5 Boots That Work To Slim Heavy Legs

Boots are our seasonal obsession. Those of us 50-plus with heavy legs hate when sales people say, “Athletic muscular legs are hot; look at Beyonce and Serena Williams.” Or, “They’ll stretch, leather gives,” or “let me help you get those off.” Unlike tummies, you can’t suck in big calves or cankles (shapeless ankles) with heavy-duty Spanx and because genes are mostly to blame, diet and workouts won’t help either. Still, you can find boots to fit, no matter your shape. …

Why You May Need to Learn the Squat

After turning 50, I noticed that my hips, thighs and other areas ‘below the belt’ were getting a bit too broad. More importantly, my bone density test showed that I was slowly but surely losing strength in my lower body as well. Not good! Motivated by wanting to look terrific in my new jeans and the desire to keep osteoporosis far, far away, I embarked on a life-changing fitness program. It incorporates the ‘three pillars’ of overall fitness: cardio, strength-training …