More than ever, seniors are discovering the athlete within. Since the early 1990s, total participation (and participation by those over age 45) has grown in 21 sports and fitness activities. Note that these sports aren't for sissies: basketball, bowling, mountain and rock climbing, walking, exercise with equipment, running and jogging, working out at a club, tackle football, golf, hiking, hunting with firearms, ice hockey, in-line skating, kayaking and rafting, martial arts, skateboarding, snorkeling, snowboarding, soccer, target shooting with firearms and waterskiing.
Americans are expected to spend a record $7 billion celebrating Halloween, and the average American family will spend about $75 on costumes, candy and decorations. Those of us who have misgivings about the economy may feel we want to cut back on spending, especially discretionary spending. And what could be better than saving money and promoting fitness?
Even if we don't look at the cal endar, aisles of candy in the grocery stores and drugstores remind us that Halloween is around the corner. On the heels of Halloween is Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and Hanukkah, which are followed by celebrations for the New Year. And don't forget the eating ritual associated with Super Bowl Sunday in early February!
If you say you want to get fit and lose weight but don't follow through, you may seek to invent an excuse. While some excuses are plausible, they still reside in the land of make-believe.
Have you noticed the number of articles bombarding us with conflicting information about the possible toxic effect of using plastic bottles manufactured with the industrial chemical BPA ( bisphenol A)?
Dean Ornish, MD, the founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, has long argued that comprehensive lifestyle changes make a positive difference in preventing or reversing coronary heart disease. The changes include "stress management, moderate exercise, group support and a low-fat, whole-foods nutrition plan. Most people experience substantial improvements in weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, vitality, and quality of life."
I work hard, so I want to enjoy my vacations. At the same time, I don't want to give up everything I've invested in losing weight and getting fit.
Every day, I make choices: to get up on time or sleep late. Brush my teeth or skip the cleaning. Take my prescription pills or skip the medicine. Drink a cup of coffee or fix a pot of tea. Clean the kitchen sink or let the chore wait. Sweep the floor or step over the crumbs. I've made six decisions in the first few minutes of being awake.
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