Fitness

Eating breakfast

Invert your daily meals, say scientists.

Everyone who is trying to eat for weight control knows what's for breakfast and what's for dinner. But scientists say we have it all wrong. And it's making us fat.

The problem we face is metabolic syndrome, which shows up as abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease-risk factors. What scientists have learned can flip your dining schedule upside down -- literally.

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Head x-ray

Use your head to learn the risks, take precautions, and avoid a horrible outcome.

We sometimes joke about our heads: Knock your head against the wall ... Head bashing ... Dropped on your head ... and more. Funny -- except it's no laughing matter.

Even a head injuriy that appears to be mild can have serious, long-term effects, especially when there are repeated injuries.

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Lift weights for better health

It is never too late to get stronger, fitter, healthier. Why not start now? 

40 years out of high school I found myself in an exercise class called Bay Area Boot Camp. There I was at 6:30 a.m. on a chilly, rainy morning, jogging laps around a duck pond, avoiding duck poo, while wondering what possessed me to get into this class! With the rest of the women averaging 28 years old, the coach/teacher too, I was self conscious. But I found they were 100% supportive of my attempts to keep up with the class.

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Excercise gently

Are you a weekend warrior?

Aging puts some limits on how long and how intensely you can exercise. Growing older also makes you more prone to injuries during physical activity. Boomers can be at particular risk though, because they might just be discovering their bodies aren't as young as they used to be. By all means, exercise to stay in shape, but take precautions to prevent injuries.

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Protect your Brain

You can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Here are 5 places to start living a brain-healthy lifestyle.

An estimated 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease; this number is expected to double by the year 2050 as the elderly segment of our population grows. Specifically, as Baby Boomers age, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease will proliferate. This article is directed at you, the Baby Boomer.

Also, you can use these tips to reduce your parents' risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. Since many of the tips in this article focus on staying active and connected, suggested activities are great for you and your parents to do together.

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Eat right to feel right

Here are some great ways to feel good at any age.

We've all heard that our 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s the new 50s, and so on. As we grow older, we want to live healthier and stronger than our parents. But how?

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ADVISOR ANSWERS

Q: What is pre-diabetes? How is it different from Type 2 diabetes?
-- Malcolm M. in Boston, Massachusetts

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You might be surprised to see what the YMCA has to offer. Check it out!

YMCAs are for people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. At YMCAs, both Boomers and older Seniors have a chance to keep active and grow in spirit, mind, and body. New friends and new opportunities add joy to life. The Y also gives Seniors a chance to share their time and talents with others, such as children and teens.

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