Category Archives: exercise

When it comes to aging, attitudes matter

In 2009, 100,000 American women, middle-aged and older, demonstrated that when it comes to health and aging, our attitudes matter.  Those with a more hopeful outlook on life (optimists) were less likely than those with a more negative view of … Continue reading

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Keep moving

“Keep moving.” That’s my new motto. I want it to apply to everything in my life, starting with exercise. I’ve shredded my list of fitness goals since my first Fitbit fell off my wrist and an essential plastic piece in my … Continue reading

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Fitbit: great exercise motivator

One adage I’d love to disprove is that the older you get the longer it takes for your body to heal from an injury.  But so far experience has done nothing to persuade me that it isn’t true. I’ve devoted … Continue reading

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HIking Diamond Head crater

Science has recently confirmed what I think of as the full disk theory of memory. (NY Times January 21, 2013.) As we age we add tons of new experiences, but we can’t break the connections to old ones and thus have more … Continue reading

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Old and fit

Blame it on the absence of girls’ athletic programs for my generation.  Or on the feminine ideal of the era about what “young ladies” did and didn’t do.  Whatever the reason, my childhood friends and I created our own rules … Continue reading

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Burning calories: a way of life

I’ve got to find my inner Energizer bunny soon. That’s because over the weekend I read “Move a Little, Lose a Lot,” a book by James A. Levine, M.D. which says, in so many words, “Sitting is the new smoking.” … Continue reading

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No sitting!

Did you know that sitting can kill you? This is not something I want to hear as I prepare for a two-week, marathon writing adventure, and is probably not encouraging to anyone who works in an office. My mistake was … Continue reading

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“Pickled Okra” and other bluegrass confections

Ever heard of “Pickled Okra,” “Polecat,” or The Seldom Scene”?  I hadn’t either until our neighbors offered us their Saturday tickets to this year’s annual Wintergrass, a Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. We decided to give it a try.  The … Continue reading

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Our brains on exercise

In the course of getting physical therapy for a hamstring strain, I learned that my hamstrings and quadriceps (muscles in the upper leg) were weak. Hard to believe since I had started to ski again and was walking regularly. Well, maybe … Continue reading

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Celebrating in the snow

This year we opted for a White Christmas, and since forecasters were not predicting snow to come to us, we went to it. This was our way of attempting to start a new holiday tradition, a necessity since we don’t … Continue reading

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