Pleasure is not normally a word that we associate with exercise. When I started my Pilates class a few weeks ago, I came away smiling after an hour of gentle and mindful stretching to soft music. I had a sense that, for me personally, I had found a workout regime that was right for my body. So it does not surprise me that Pilates has become one of the most popular exercises for older women.
Many of us are taking classes to build strength, reduce back pain, lose weight, or to improve coordination and balance. It has some similarities to yoga because it focuses on principles related to concentration, control and centering of the body.
Many women in their 60s think a lot about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. They may be helping a parent, friend or partner. Or, maybe they worry about whether they will personally be impacted by Alzheimer’s one day.
I have always considered myself a sensitive person. I cry easily. I tear up while watching the news or reading a human interest story. I weep at both happy and sad movies, at weddings, concerts, reunions and listening to music. I even cry when I read those Facebook posts with titles that end with “you won’t believe what happens next.”
Many older women are trying to be more physically active. Some of us want to shed a few extra pounds. Others women just want to improve their overall fitness to get more from life. Unfortunately, losing weight after 60 tends to present a few unique challenges.
Many women have to deal with loneliness in retirement as their personal roles and responsibilities change and evolve. Often predictable routines and support systems that gave life meaning in the past are no longer in place.
Learning how to deal with stress is not a simple matter. After all, stress is different for every woman. Some find it easy to deal with complex problems, but are overwhelmed by tiny annoyances. Others constantly worry about everything, from finances to family.
Many older women may be feeling a bit stiff and restless after sitting inside during a cold winter and rainy spring. I know I am!
There’s nothing better than finding out that something that you love to eat is actually good for you! Over hundreds of years, chocolate has developed an image of luxury, decadence and temptation. Only recently have scientists begun to realize the amazing health benefits of some types of dark chocolate.
Unsurprisingly, women all over the world rejoiced to hear that they no longer needed to feel guilty for fulfilling their little guilty pleasure. But, as the research shows, not all chocolate is created equal.
Until recently, researchers knew that dark chocolate had health benefits, but, they didn’t know how it worked. Here are a few of the answers that they are giving about why dark chocolate is good for you.
Midlife women are doing it again. As we did in our 20s, we are questioning fundamentals, challenging the status quo, being stubbornly bohemian and embracing the unconventional. Boomers are tenaciously breaking down stereotypes about aging and redefining life after 60. However, this raises an important question.
Every time I go to the market, I try to load up on fresh seasonal vegetables – especially, avocado, spinach, kale and celery, which I use to make green smoothies. Unfortunately, since we are all creatures of habit, we often walk right past the vegetables that we aren’t used to and this is definitely true in my case. So, this week, I decided to research a few vegetables that are filled with goodness that I might be missing. Right at the top of the list was asparagus.