Category Archives: Exercise

7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care as You Age

Senior couple hikes along trail out in nature

Try these things for a healthier mind and body — and to just feel good. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue

How do you cope with aging?

I’ve been thinking about that question since first exploring it two years ago on Next Avenue. This time, I was prompted to add to my list after a rather unusual conversation with my doctor.

Below are seven of my self-care READ MORE

The 5 exercises you should do every day

Improve your range of motion and balance in less than 10 minutes

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue

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Balance and mobility training can benefit us at any age, but it becomes more important as you reach and pass the age of 50.

Maintaining joint range of motion allows you to move naturally and helps to combat the postural problems that cause neck, back, READ MORE

Moving together to reduce the risk of falls

Strength and conditioning classes focus on fall prevention and connecting with others

By Sherri Snelling for Next Avenue

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Dance is for everybody. I believe it came from the people and it should always be delivered back to the people.

– Alvin Ailey

Verine Morris, 42, has spent more than a decade with a fear of falling. Wheelchair-bound for 10 years after a nasty fall at READ MORE

Can we delay aging?

Research on animals suggests we could improve humans’ healthy lifespan

By Felipe Sierra for Next Avenue

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Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging.

No, we cannot “prevent aging”… but what if we could delay it?

Unfortunately, the deterioration READ MORE

Downward facing dork: Taking up Yoga at 60

He wanted to find inner peace. Here’s what he found instead.

By Kevin Kusinitz for Next Avenue

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For a guy like me, taking up yoga when pushing 60 was a bit like trying to date a 21 year-old — probably good for my circulation but with a strong chance of falling on my face.

No matter. I decided to give it a whirl, as much for a spiritual as physical READ MORE

9 best knee-strengthening exercises

Knee pain can be reduced with these simple moves you can do at home

By Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue

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If you can tell whether it’s going to rain by the pain in your knees, you’re in good company.

Knee discomfort is second only to low back pain as the most commonly reported pain among adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and READ MORE

You’re not as active as you think you are

Most people overestimate their exercise level, studies show

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue

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If I were to ask you how active you are, what would you say?

Do you consider yourself to be active and productive on most days of the week? Do you meet the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week? Would you go so far READ MORE

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life

A brisk walk could cut your risk of early death, even if you’re obese

By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue

Walking 20 Minutes a Day Might Save Your Life

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There’s now more encouraging evidence that you don’t have to run marathons to make a difference in your health.

A brisk 20-minute walk each day could be enough to cut your risk of early READ MORE