Are You Fit? Five Ways to Find Out

It’s that time of year when party hosts bid us to hit the dessert table, but the weather bars us from hitting the gym. If you’re like me — eager not to feel guilty about skipping your health routines and perhaps hoping to get a jump on your New Year’s resolutions — try asking yourself this simple question: “Am I fit?” And why would you do that? Because your current degree of fitness is a key indicator of how well …

These Simple Exercises Could Help Preserve Brain Health

Want a cheap and easy way to improve your brain health? Try lifting weights a couple times a week. A new study adds to evidence that light strength training — also called resistance training — may be key to maintaining a healthy brain. Because of the way strength training pumps blood to the brain, some researchers now think it goes beyond the benefits of aerobic exercise and helps preserve brain health as we age. Teresa Liu-Ambrose and her colleagues at the University of British …

Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …

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 …

Summer Shape-Up in 15 Minutes a Day? Check This Out!

Did you just realize that summer is around the corner and you haven’t done a single one of those “New Year’s Resolutions” to get more fit? You’re not alone. But here’s the good news: it’s not too late! If you can commit to 15 minutes every single day for four weeks, I can guarantee you will be on your way to a better and stronger body by the Fourth of July, no matter what your age. A few years ago …