Running After 50: You CAN Do It!

What’s the best work out for people of all ages? According to a recent study, it’s this: running. Researchers, who followed participants over a 30-year period, were amazed to discover that those who ran in moderation showed the greatest health gains and benefits when compared to those who ran faster and more often. The ‘sweet spot’, it seems, is running about 3 – 4 times a week at a slower pace, proving that the “less is more” philosophy really applies to …

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 …

Plastic Surgery On Your Mind? Before You Do That… Do This

Recently, 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 …

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 …

2013: Make this the Year to Embrace Your Age

A not-so-quiet revolution has been picking up massive steam on the Internet … and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s all about how we view aging in America and it will be one of the hottest topics in this country on many fronts: politically, culturally, emotionally and economically. Given the fact that people over 50 represent the largest demographic in the history of the world, with more joining our ranks every day, one would think that politicians, …

Study Proves Women Over 50 Have the Biggest Hearts

It’s the holiday season: a time of year when most of us think more about giving than receiving. And of all the demographic groups, which one do you think gives the most? If your answer is “American women over 50,” you’re right. A recent study shows that our hearts just might get bigger with each passing year. The stunning study -Women Give 2012 -was conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Debra J. Mesch, Ph.D., …