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Just take a walk

I am a walker. Before I broke my leg last year, my dog Ginger and I walked two—or sometimes three miles—every morning. While I was recuperating, I walked circles through my house with my walker. Now, my neighbor Gaynelle and I walk exactly two miles every morning. I recommend walking—and so does Dr. Robert Dimeff, […]

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Read a book

People who read books may live longer. Researchers at Yale University studied the habits of people 50 and older and discovered that people who read 3.5 hours a week may add nearly two years to their lives. You may live longer if you read books, but magazines and newspapers may not provide the same benefit. […]

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Playing outside

We all need to spend more time playing outside. Studies show that children spend less than 30 minutes a week playing outside. That’s right. Thirty minutes a week, says James Campbell in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. However, they spend as many as seven hours a day with their eyes glued to […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s push-ups

During an MSNBC interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who is 83, was asked if she still does 20 push-ups every day. “Yes,” she replied, “but we do 10 at a time. And, then, I breathe for a bit, and do the second set.” Bryant Johnson, who has been Justice Ginsburg’s trainer for two […]

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Exercise can help cure addictions

If you can’t eat just one cookie or one potato chip—and that one cookie or one chip can lead to a day or two of eating too, too much, you may battle a food addiction. I do. Dr. John Ratey has a chapter in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain […]

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Exercise makes me feel better

Even when I think I’d rather roll over and sleep some more instead of getting up and taking my morning walk, I know from experience that I’ll feel better after I my dog and I get some exercise. Dr. John Ratey affirms my conclusion and explains exactly why exercise makes changes in my brain that […]

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Exercise your brain

When I take my morning walk, I’m improving my body and my brain. That’s the fascinating conclusion of Dr. John J. Ratey in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Exercise improves learning on three levels, Dr. Ratey says. “First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention and motivation. Second, […]

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I am strong

I heard this quote on National Public Radio, but I didn’t catch who said it. The person was a woman—an actress?—who said that, when she looks in the mirror, she no longer looks 25—but it’s okay. “I am strong, and my body works,” this woman stressed. –Joy

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Take a walk

Sitting at your desk all day? Get up and walk around at least once an hour. That’s good advice from the October 18-24, 2015, issue of Weight Watcher Weekly. And, give yourself bonus points if you take time to drink a glass of water.

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I’m walking again

It has been many months since I fell while walking my dog and shattered my femur. I had two surgeries. Then, I used a wheelchair and a walker. And, finally, a cane. Now I’m walking again. Without a cane! I am limping a bit, and I am a little slow. But, my good friend and […]

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