Ever wonder why experts urge us to lift weights? Strength training gets so much more important as we age because we lose muscle. The loss begins as early as in our late 30s or early 40s; after age 40 the average woman starts losing about ½ pound of muscle per year - even more if she does not actively use her muscles. So what's the big deal? A lot. If you don't replace the muscle you lose, you'll … [Read more...] about How Exercise Can Help Preserve Your Muscles (and Much More)
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I once knew a woman who told me she took away her son’s cell phone to punish him – and then ended up having to buy a new one because she couldn’t remember where she hid it. I thought it odd at the time; after all, how could you possibly misplace something as valuable and important as a phone? Until I did it myself. I lost my cell phone and didn’t find it until…well, it’s kind of embarrassing, … [Read more...] about The Freezer That Rang (and other tales of memory loss)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always heard that exercise revs up our metabolism, keeping it like a fat-burning furnace for up to 24 hours after a workout. But like all science, opinions sway back and forth, and then back again until you lose track of what the “latest” really is. Well, I’m sticking to my original version of the story. All I know is that after a workout, my body feels revved up … [Read more...] about Exercise and Metbolism: What’s the Deal?
When did it become such a chore? I love shoes. My closet can attest to that. And I'm not alone: ShopSmart magazine conducted a poll of 1,009 women in the U.S. age 18 and older and found that they own an average of 17 pairs of shoes. As reported by PR Newswire: Over half of women (51%) own more than 10 pairs and 13 percent have over 30 pairs (not including athletic shoes). "Shoes never make … [Read more...] about Shopping For Shoes Used to be Fun.
Why do these two words have to go together? The term is even in the dictionary: "A period of emotional turmoil in middle age...characterized especially by a strong desire for change." It's hard for me to believe that 78 million of us (that's how many people were born during the post-World War II baby boom) are making changes in our lives...because of CRISIS. Really? Change, yes. I'd … [Read more...] about What Midlife Crisis?