FITNESS

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All-around fitness is important for staying fully functional as we age. Most experts recommend a combination of aerobic activities and flexibility, strength, and balance exercises. Resistance training, in particular, produces amazing benefits. The 4 major markers of poor heart health include hypertension, over weight, diabetes and cholesterol. Resistance training in any form is better for your heart than other forms of exercise. If you haven't already, start resistance training and you'll significantly improve your heart health.

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Over 50? Keep Your Mind Sharp With Exercise

Over 50? Keep Your Mind Sharp with Exercise. David Schutz Do you want to keep your mind sharp as you age? Well it’s not difficult to stack the deck in your favor. Studies (1,2,3) prove that adopting a healthy aging lifestyle that includes fitness exercises such as walking, cycling or jogging on a regular basis …

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9 Essential Functional Fitness Exercises to Prevent Injuries

9 Essential Functional Fitness Exercises to Prevent Injuries David Schutz If you think about it, it’s simple and makes sense: the exercises you do should mirror the movements you make in real life. That’s why functional fitness exercises should be the foundation of your exercise program. Why? Well, it relates to part of the goal we have here at …

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The Best Exercise to Improve Mental Health

Maybe you know that doing 20 minutes of moderate cardio can improve your mood for up to 12 hours afterwards. And that high intensity interval training (HIIT) can also improve your memory. But what you probably don't know--since the research was just published--is that team sports have the greatest impact on mental health. (No. 2? Cycling.) [...]
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The Best Exercises To Make You Younger

The Best Exercises to Make You Younger David Schutz Cutting a few years off your life could return you to feeling better, give you much more energy, give your skin a more youthful look, and give you a sense of opportunity. But can you really do that? While you can’t change your chronological age, we …

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How to Start a New Exercise

How to Start a New Exercise David Schutz It took me almost 2 years between being asked to get in the pool, and actually getting into the pool. So when I decided to write this piece about how to start a new exercise, I drew on my personal experience that that starting a new exercise …

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How to Activate Your Personal Fountain of Youth

How to Activate Your Personal Fountain of Youth David Schutz Everybody ages. Nothing we can do about that. The question is, what can we do to age gracefully?  Is there a way to activate our fountain of youth? In other words, what can we do to keep in the best possible physical and mental shape, …

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For Us Who Want More – It’s Closer Than We Imagine

For Us Who Want More – It’s Closer Than We Imagine ELIZABETH PARK When we think of living a fuller life, top of mind comes more of something like health, energy, fitness, and sure to top the list for us who remember TV in black and white—a youthful look! What if having more was right …

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How Soon Before You Kick The Bucket? What Are You Doing About It?

How Soon Before You Kick The Bucket? What Are You Doing About It? David Schutz Unless you’ve had your head stuck in the sand for a very long time, you know that your lifestyle greatly impacts how soon you kick the bucket. By lifestyle, I mean the choices you make related to your fitness, nutrition …

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Get Up. Your Life Depends On It.

Get Up. Your Life Depends On It. David Schutz If you’re like most adults, you spend the majority of your waking hours sitting down. Your typical day probably includes driving to work, sitting in an office, driving home and watching TV. Not much exercise there. But unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re also …

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The Surprising Benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness

The Surprising Benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness David Schutz What is the most important muscle in your body? Your heart. So why is it that heart disease the leading causes of mortality for people over 45? The answer is simple: more than 30 percent of our population is entirely sedentary. Does that include you? If so, …

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7 Common PREVENTABLE Aging Diseases

How to Prevent 7 Common Age Related Diseases – It’s Easier Than You Think David Schutz Did you know that heart disease, many forms of cancer, and Alzheimer’s are preventable aging diseases?  I didn’t. What steps are you taking to ensure a long and healthy life? Are you aware of how much control you actually …

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Fitness Over 50: Why Functional Fitness, Not Muscle Building, Will Help You Live Better, Longer

Fit Over 50: Why Functional Fitness, Not Muscle Building, Will Help You Live Better, Longer David Schutz If you’re like me, when you turned 50, you started thinking about the second half of your life. Those thoughts may have ranged to retirement, financial planning, where you’ll live out your years, your bucket list… These days, …

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5 Best Steps to Maintaining Brain Health

5 Best Steps to Maintaining Brain Health David Schutz How much do you know about Brain Health? Is it important to you? A 2015 survey yielded results showing over 90% of American adults consider brain health to be important; with 93% of respondents noting that brain health is extremely important. With those results, it’s probably …

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What Does “Fit” Look Like? Challenging a Misconception Propagated by Internet “Fitness” Images

What Does “Fit” Look Like? Challenging a Misconception Propagated by Internet Fitness Images David Schutz It’s important to be motivated to get fit, but sometimes the images we see on the Internet that show “fit” people may actually discourage some people. For example, Google “fit middle aged person,” and most of the images you’ll see …

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Best Excercises to Stay Fit After 50

Best Exercises to Stay Fit After 50 David Schutz The benefits of regular exercise are far reaching, and include reducing the risk of many chronic diseases, improving the quality of your sleep and your mood, boosting energy, reducing anxiety and stress, enabling you to maintain your day-to-day activities, reducing cognitive decline, and raising your self-esteem. …

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Rowing: One of the Best Exercises

Rowing: One of the Best Exercises David Schutz Rowing may be the best exercises there is. Are you familiar with it? If not, the good news is that exercising on a rowing machine (or erg) is easy to learn, a great exercise for all ages, and great for new and advanced athletes alike. So what makes …

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Exercise Over 50 – Making it Happen

Exercise Over 50 – Making it Happen David Schutz Today the world is designed around sitting. It didn’t used to be. Now we sit when we drive, we sit when we work, we sit when we watch TV, we sit when we eat… If you’re not making a conscious effort of it, you’re almost certainly …

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5 Essential Components of Physical Fitness

5 Essential Components of Physical Fitness David Schutz First let’s establish the essential components of physical fitness. As we get older, the definition of physical fitness most relevant for us is “the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and to …

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7 Tips for Healthy Shoulders

7 Tips for Healthy Shoulders David Schutz Healthy shoulders are integral for everything from squats to military presses. It follows then that it’s important to keep your shoulders as healthy as possible. Here are a few tips that will reduce your chance of shoulder injury. Tip #1 – Warm-up Your Shoulders Prior to activity, it …

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8 Proven Ways to Lose Belly Fat

8 Proven Ways to Lose Belly Fat David Schutz For men, if your waist measures over 40 inches, or if you’re a woman, and your waist measures over 35 inches, you have what’s called abdominal obesity. And if so, you should take steps to eliminate it. The question is, what do you do if you …

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10 Scientifically Proven Weight Loss Strategies

10 Scientifically Proven Weight Loss Strategies David Schutz If you want to lose weight once and for all, than you don’t have to try different strategies and hope they work. Implement these scientifically proven weight loss strategies, and they will work for you. 1. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches The single most important thing …

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Tips to Start Exercising for Beginners

Tips to Start Exercising for Beginners David Schutz If you haven’t been exercising or have no habit of exercise, but you’re reading this, please stop right now and pat yourself on the back. In this article I’m going to suggest some tips to start exercising that really work. The first step to exercising is simply to start.  …

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9 Habits Promoting Longevity of 100+ Year Old People

9 Habits of 100+ Year Old People that Promote Longevity DAVID SCHUTZ “What’s the key to your 92 years?” I ask my dad. He smiles, and says “Diet and luck, exercise and luck, and a whole lotta luck.” Well it turns out that there’s quite a bit of truth to that. We’re not all going …

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Being Physically Fit after 50: 5 Essential Components, 7 Dimensions

Being Physically Fit after 50: 5 Essential Components, 7 Dimensions David Schutz The simplest, most practical definition of physical fitness is “the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and to meet unforeseen emergencies.”(1) You can consider yourself fit if you …

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Breaking The Weight Loss Cycle

Breaking the Weight Loss Cycle DAVID SCHUTZ Many Americans are living with excess weight and obesity, meaning they have a higher-than-normal body weight for their height. With more than a third of the U.S. adult population affected by obesity, the marketplace is saturated with “quick-fix” weight-loss tips and unhealthy and unsustainable diets. Indeed, at the beginning of …

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5 Simple Secrets for Overcoming Gym Intimidation

5 Simple Secrets for Overcoming Gym Intimidation DAVID SCHUTZ No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years, wouldn’t you do it? …

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Physical Activity: For Better or For Worse?

Physical Activity: For Better or For Worse? DAVID SCHUTZ I doubt this will come as a surprise to anyone, but guess what? Getting fit at any age has positive benefits. Is that a surprise? Our bodies are remarkable resilient. Even if you’ve been a couch potato your whole life, if you get up off your …

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How to Start Running in Your 50s, 60s and Beyond

How to Start Running in Your 50s, 60s and Beyond David Schutz Like any form or regular exercise, running in your 50s, 60s and even above is extremely good for you. I’ll repeat this mantra over and over: being physically fit not only helps extend lifespan, but it also increases the chances of healthy aging, …

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