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Start Strength Training After 60 With These Targeted Moves

By: , – Rachel Straub, MS
10/27/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  13 comments   :  10,592 views

If you have reached the age of 60 without any aches, pains, health problems or injuries, congratulations! However, the vast majority of the population by this age has had their fair share of challenges, which makes exercising all the more difficult. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all adults weight train at least two non-consecutive days a week, in addition to regular cardio work. Not only will regular resistance training make you feel like a superhero when you're picking up the grandkids, but you'll also be decreasing your risk of heart disease, decreasing blood pressure and improving cholesterol, among other benefits.  
By the time you reach the age of 60, what should your strength-training program include to reap the benefits, though? The weight room can be intimidating for anyone who's never lifted weights, and with so much equipment available, finding the right combination of exercises can be downright confusing. Any resistance training routine should include three elements: Exercises that increase flexibility, increase your strength for all major muscle groups and be selected with care to avoid aggravating past injuries or causing new ones, most importantly. For your first foray into the weight room, keep these 16 moves in mind and get ready to get strong.

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13 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

By: , – Melissa Rudy, Staff Writer
10/26/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  3 comments   :  13,568 views

If it’s not the homemade cookies and cakes that get you, the eggnog and cocktails will certainly do their best to tempt you into overindulging. While we may still be lingering in the land of everything pumpkin, we're just a snowball's throw away from the start of the winter holiday season—and with that comes the veritable blizzard of dinners, parties and edible gifts. When you're trying to lose or maintain your weight, this time of year is filled with tantalizing temptations that could derail even the best of intentions.

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Ding, Dong! Turn Halloween Into a Calorie-Busting Workout

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/21/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  12,545 views

The candy is supposed to be given away, a prize for the little trick or treaters hiking up hills both ways to hit every house in the neighborhood before the sun goes down. That's the plan, anyway. But when you're sitting there by the door for two, maybe three hours, that huge bowl of fun-sized candies staring you in the face, it can be really easy to grab one, then three more, and a few more before calling it quits for the night. They're bite-sized and harmless enough, after all.
Even though it's just one night, Halloween can be a terrifying trap for your health goals. You don't have to fall in the fun-sized hole, though. Instead of grabbing every candy that crosses your path Halloween night, use the cute, scary and downright clever trick or treaters as an impetus to workout. The concept is simple: We matched some of the best Halloween costumes with an exercise move. When that doorbell rings, check out the costumes, deliver the goods to each trick or treater, then perform the move while you wait for the next group to arrive. Get in the spirit by throwing on your best Richard Simmons getup and get sweating!

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How I Ditched My 'Fattitude,' Lost 200 Pounds and Found My Self-Worth

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/19/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  35 comments   :  19,282 views

SparkPeople member Carl Purvenas-Smith (CGPS1975) is no stranger to roller coasters. He's been an unwilling passenger for most of his life, watching helplessly as his weight went up, down and back again. This time, though, feels different—this time, he's down more than 200 pounds, and at 68 years old, Carl is finally ready to get off the ride for good.

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The Military Diet: Shortcut to Weight Loss, or Health Hazard?

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/17/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  21 comments   :  23,336 views

There's nothing like an upcoming wedding, class reunion or beach vacation to kick a fitness plan into high gear. When you have just a matter of weeks or days to look your best for a big event, it can be tempting to try a last-minute "emergency" weight loss plan. One that's gotten a lot of attention lately is the Military Diet. Is it worth a try, or do the potential dangers and drawbacks rule it out as a safe and viable option?

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28 Amazing Apple Recipes to Spice up Your Weekly Meals

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/13/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  5 comments   :  13,685 views

An apple a day doesn't just keep the doctor away. It also boosts your exercise endurance, gives you more satisfaction for the calorie and keeps you feeling fuller longer—all bringing you closer to your weight loss goals. While you could just toss a whole apple into your lunch, there are plenty of more ingenious and appetizing ways to work this fruit phenom into your diet on the daily.

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