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Fitness First: The 12-minute Solution

Fitness First: The 12-minute Solution

Daunted by the prospect of exercise? Don’t have the time, you say? Consider starting out by exercising just 12 minutes a day and building your endurance over time. In six weeks, you should be able to exercise for 12 minutes

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Carl DePolo: Heartfelt Quest for a Personal Best

Carl DePolo: Heartfelt Quest for a Personal Best

A heart attack at age 40 threatened Carl DePolo’s future. What he did to survive and ultimately thrive is a remarkable lesson in perseverance.

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Fitness First: Put the Spring Back in Your Step

Fitness First: Put the Spring Back in Your Step

The days are getting longer, which means there’s more time to be outside and, better yet, more time to walk.  To improve overall physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, it’s hard to beat walking – and most of us need it.

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Fitness First: Slowing the Aging Process

Fitness First: Slowing the Aging Process

How many “miles” we get out of life – and the quality of those miles – can be compared to the life of our car tires. The average tire gets 35,000 miles, and the American life expectancy is now 78

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Fitness First: The Best Reason to Exercise

On a normal work day I see between 100 to 150 students and patients. One day I took a quick survey, asking “Why do you exercise?” Every participant replied, “Because I feel better.” This group ranged in age from 17

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Life in the Snow Lane

Life in the Snow Lane

Snowshoes invite a fun winter outing, but don’t be fooled by the leisurely pace: It’s great exercise.

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Fitness First: Variety is Key

Fitness First: Variety is Key

Many people tell me how great they feel while participating in an exercise program – then, something happens and they get out of the routine. Making exercise part of your daily routine is the easiest way to stick to the

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Wheel Man George Chambers

Wheel Man George Chambers

He’s fit, fast and faithful. For George Chambers, 82, cycling is a world-class love affair with no end in sight.

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Fitness First: Keeping, Building Muscle Mass

Fitness First: Keeping, Building Muscle Mass

By Krista Howell Here’s a new word in your health vocabulary: “Sarcopenia.” It means age-related loss of muscle mass that affects everyone starting in our mid-40s. As we age past mid-life, skeletal muscle declines at a rate of one percent

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Fitness First: Arthritis and ‘Pre-Hab’

Fitness First: Arthritis and ‘Pre-Hab’

This may sound crazy to someone suffering from it, but it’s true: Exercise helps ease arthritis-related joint and muscle pain. Now that winter has settled in, you may be experiencing even more discomfort as the barometer drops. This is a

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Fitness First: Fit to Travel?

Thinking of going on a quick one-day bus trip, or perhaps a three-week European vacation? Before booking those tickets, consider your overall fitness level. Will you be able to board the bus, then walk around all day once you arrive

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Fitness First: Choices

I was chatting with a friend recently when the word “choices” cropped up. Personal health choices have a significant link to heart disease and stroke. Most of us know this, but may not always remember it. My friend Marilyn was

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Fitness First: Exercise

The word exercise is derived from the Latin root meaning “to maintain, or to ward off.” To exercise means to practice, put into action, train, improve. Exercise is a natural way of life, but with aging we have to consciously

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Fitness First: Motivation

Let’s talk about motivation. What inspires you to get up and move? According to a study I read recently, 85 percent of people over age 65 don’t exercise at all. When I asked an 89-year-old man in my class what

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Elder Statesman of the Slopes

Frank Borrego of Sonora has a job plenty of 20-somethings would love – teaching skiing at Dodge Ridge. At 87, this longtime high school teacher is one of the oldest ski instructors in the U.S. It’s how he defines “retirement.”

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