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Guard your heart during the dog days of summer

Heat, humidity, and haze can put stress on the cardiovascular system. People who have or are at risk for heart disease should drink plenty of water and be careful when exercising outdoors during hot, humid weather. Those who sweat a great deal might consider consuming sports drinks, which contain electrolytes to replenish the minerals they lose when sweating. People who take blood pressure medications (especially diuretics) should ask their doctor about possibly adjusting their dosage on days when they are outside in the heat. (Locked) More »

How to sneak in more daily exercise

An estimated 67% of older adults report sitting for more than eight hours per day, and only 28% to 34% of adults ages 65 to 74 are physically active. U.S. guidelines suggest that adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, which breaks down to 30 minutes on five days a week. While this can be a challenge for many older men, it’s possible to reach this weekly number by incorporating quick and simple body movements throughout the day. (Locked) More »

A personalized approach to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, ongoing research suggests that people can lower their risk by adopting certain diet, exercise, and lifestyle behaviors. These include doing adequate amounts of weekly aerobic exercise, following the MIND diet, not smoking, and getting sufficient sleep. (Locked) More »

Working later in life can pay off in more than just income

Many older adults are working past retirement age, which may have a good or a bad effect on health. Studies have linked working past age 65 to a reduced risk for developing heart attack or dementia, and a reduced risk of dying prematurely. However, working past retirement age can cause stress. Some studies have linked retiring from the work force with a substantial reduction in mental and physical fatigue and depressive symptoms. If one is going to work past retirement age, it’s best to get a job that is meaningful and enjoyable. More »

Overcoming your barriers to exercise

Only about half of adults in the United States meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. Lack of time and joint pain or other health issues are common excuses. Piggybacking activities onto daily habits, such as standing or walking while on the phone and walking to do errands can help. People with health problems that limit mobility can do non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming or water aerobics. (Locked) More »