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The Five Best Exercises You Can Do

Posted by Jane Farrell

Starting a fitness routine can be intimidating – especially if you are older, overweight or haven’t exercised for a while. The goal of exercising at least half an hour each day, with two days of strength training, can seem distant and impossible. But there are things you can do that will help you get there. Here, from the experts at Harvard Medical School, who have written a special report on exercise, Exercise: A Program you can live with, are five of the best exercises you can do:

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Video Improves Post-Stroke Exercise Results

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About 80% of stroke survivors experience a condition called hemiparesis that causes weakness or the inability to move one side of the body. Core stabilization exercise to improve postural stability and independent walking in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients could be enhanced by real-time video feedback, according to research done at Sahmyook University in the Republic of Korea and published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

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Smart Strength-Training Strategies

Posted by Jane Farrell

Strength training – using free weights or exercise machines such as those for leg presses – is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of a number of serious conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression.

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The Superior Fat Burning Power of Cold Weather Workouts

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By Joe Vennare, PT & Fitness Program Director at LeanonLife.com When winter rolls around and temperatures begin to fall, do you shut down or layer up? Hibernating until spring might sound like a good plan -- that is, until cabin fever sets in and extra pounds start to creep on. There’s no reason to let all of the fitness gains you’ve made during the summer slip away.

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Stronger and Safer with “Cane Fu” Class

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Seniors are learning to defend themselves with an unlikely tool -- their canes. "We turned the fitness equation on its head," said Mike Merino, CEO of “Nifty After Fifty” fitness centers, which are offering "Cane Fu" classes.

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Exercise and Menopause

Posted by Jane Farrell

Along with managing weight and avoiding smoking or excess alcohol use, exercising regularly is one of the most important health habits women can practice throughout their lives.  And working out becomes especially important during menopause, because it helps prevent osteoporosis as well as illness such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It may also improve mood disorders that some women go through and help avoid middle-aged weight gain.

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The Benefits of Correct Breathing

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By Joe Vennare, PT & Fitness Program Director at LeanonLife.com Just breathe. Seems simple right? Whether you’re relaxing or running breathing is kind of essential for performance and well, staying alive.

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Reaching Your Fitness Goals: Easier than You Think

Posted by Jane Farrell

It’s no surprise to see your local gym packed to the gills in January. Whether you’re swearing up and down that 2014 will be the year you get in shape or you’re trying to shed some of those holiday pounds, you might be trying to draw up a plan of attack. Low carb? Low fat? Weight lifting? Running? Maybe a combo? Here’s some advice from Florida State University exercise and willpower experts on how to make the most out of your health and fitness goals in the new year.

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Safety for Senior Athletes

Posted by Jane Farrell

Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport. These changes include:an overall decrease in muscle and bone mass; stiffening of muscles; weakening of tendons and cartilage.

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Injuring Tendons as We Age

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The risk of tendon injuries increases with age but scientists have never fully understood why. Now research led by Queen Mary University of London has discovered a specific mechanism that is crucial to effective tendon function. The finding could reveal why older people are more prone to tendon injury.

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ThirdAge Health Close-up: Pilates

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  By Judy Kirkwood I’m doing Pilates machines workouts by the process of elimination. I’ve tried and given up just about everything else. For the last year, my friend’s words have echoed in my guilt chamber: “Just pay the money and do Pilates machines classes. They work!”

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Donald Driver Wins DWTS

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  The winner of Season 14 of “DWTS” is Green Bay Packer Donald Driver, and it’s all over but the TV talk shows. One thing is for sure: this was the most satisfying seasons of “DWTS.” The quality of the dancing was extremely high and this show has left an indelible mark on its fans. I think we’ll expect more of future seasons.

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How to Start an Exercise Routine

Posted by Sondra Forsyth

  Does the word "exercise" make you think of boring routines that feel like an obligation you'd just as soon avoid? Follow our step by step checklist to help yourself get moving and stay on track. Let's make 2012 your year to be a fitness maven. Ready, set, glow!   Get Your Docs OK Before You Begin