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10 ways to get in shape when exercise bores you to tears

A couple years ago I started a Facebook group for women over 50 (Ageless After 50 Women). We share issues ranging from weight loss to hot flashes and anything relevant to health and fitness that’s frustrating enough to make you seek anger management treatments, book a flight on the next Mars mission, or start a…

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5 Ways to firm up faster

We were without power for 10 straight hours one day last week. To give you an idea of the impact of the situation, just typing that sentence made me break out in a cold sweat. Here’s the thing. Typically, power outages occur during a severe thunderstorm, in the middle of a nor’easter or when someone…

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5 Tips for a pain-free workout

I recently read a story about the demise of an Indonesian man, Mbah Gotho, who claimed to be 146 years old when he died.    Many people say he exaggerated. For one, Indonesia did not begin recording births until 1900, which makes his claim suspicious. Truth is, he may have been a whippersnapper of merely 120-something.…

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How to get shapely, jiggle-free, tank top worthy arms

I’ve talked a number of times about my battle with anxiety.   In a nutshell: It’s no walk in the park. It is, however, a run through the park with a knife-wielding psycho breathing down your neck. At least that’s how it feels when you’re having a panic attack. If you’re new to my blog…

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Best core exercises for women over 50

Words get thrown around in the fitness realm that become so commonplace no one dares to ask what the heck they even mean. We all assume everyone else knows, so it would be embarrassing to ask.   Case in point: your core, as in, “I’m going to the gym to work my core.” But what…

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5 Best stretches for women over 50

Every morning I wake up and play a game I call What Hurts Today? Or, if something already hurts, I play a related game, Is It Better or Worse? The answer often reveals itself as soon as I step out of the bed. Other times it begins when I start working out. Other days, like…

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How to use combination exercises for faster results

I’m a quality versus quantity type of person. Sometimes I combine the two, as noted by my makeup collection and jeans wardrobe. But otherwise, I’d rather have one really nice thing than a bunch of lesser quality ones.    Take friends, for instance.  I don’t have many, but those I have mean a lot to…

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8 FAQs about cardio and resistance training for an ageless body

I compare the aging process to the scene in Indiana Jones where Harrison Ford runs from a giant boulder chasing him through a tunnel. The rock represents everything I hate about aging: aches, pains, depression, menopause, night sweats and depression. (I realize I mentioned depression twice, but it’s on my mind so I’m leaving it.)…

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7 Fat-Burning Walking Workouts (plus survey results!)

A couple months ago I sent out a survey asking a bunch of nosy questions.  It was all with the best of intentions. The goal was to find out what you and other Ageless After 50 women find most challenging in regards to weight loss and getting in shape. First of all, if you were…

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7 Best and worst exercises for an achy back

Pop quiz! Guess what I did to celebrate my birthday this week: Wrestled an alligator live on national TV Draped myself in bubble wrap and rolled down a hill Got X-rays of my spine at the local hospital I think we know the answer. Clearly, alligator wrestling and rolling down hills sounding like human popcorn…

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