The loss of muscle over time, known as sarcopenia, begins around age forty, with a loss of 3-5% per decade. Focusing on maintaining muscle mass prevents significant loss from occurring and negatively impacting our overall health as we age. Here is how to maintain your muscle.
Eating with intention means eating with a plan that goes beyond just trying to figure out what to make for dinner. It’s about meeting a goal and intentionally making choices that help you work toward balanced eating and a healthy diet.
Take a Walk in the Park Day is a perfect time to get outside, enjoy the warming temps, and reconnect with nature. The experience even benefits your health.
It’s now January and I’m slowly getting back into the gym/workout/fitness groove. It hasn’t been pretty. What does it take to recommit to your workout routine? Here’s what I have learned…
While most of the country was taking part in No Shave November or Movember events (both great causes/efforts by the way), I decided to set a month-long fitness goal for myself: I would get to the gym to work out EVERY SINGLE DAY in November. I have a gym membership and a trainer (once a week), but by no means would I consider myself a gym rat, fitness fanatic or even “athletic.” I’m a 50-year old gal who is in relatively good shape but doesn’t live and breathe a fitness lifestyle. I know the “athleisure” attire that makes up the bulk of my non-work wardrobe fools no one.
Let’s face it, many of us lead very sedentary lives. We sit to eat meals (at least, we ought to), we sit in our cars to get places, many of us sit at desks at work for much of the day, at home we sit to watch television or at our computers. Then we lie down and sleep. Research shows that even if you engage in regular exercise daily (say, 30 minutes of moderate walking), it might not be enough to counteract all that sitting—at least in regard to cardiovascular disease risk. But, there are other benefits of exercise, as we know, including helping with weight control, strengthening bones and muscles, and even boosting mood.
Getting enough exercise is a lot easier if you (a) know how much to get, (b) keep track of what you’re doing, and (c) keep enough variety in your routine to prevent boredom. There’s some high quality, free help out there for all of these challenges. As with all physical exercise, please remember to talk with your doctor and, if possible, a certified trainer before starting a new fitness plan to prevent injury.
As you undoubtedly aware, on April 14, the Boston Marathon—the oldest continuously run marathon in the U.S. and arguably the most prestigious marathon in the world—was interrupted by the horrific bombing incident near the finish line that left 3 spectators dead and dozens severely injured. A mere two weeks later, on April 29, a beautiful […]