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  1. The SMARTER way to set your fitness goals over 50

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      By Anne Elliott Don’t lose your resolve – get goaling! How is your New Years resolution going? Good and strong I hope. Unfortunately, although January might be the biggest uptake of adults joining gyms, it’s the second half of February that sees the biggest number stopping. Why do they stop? Perhaps it was harder than they thought, perhaps it was a bit too intimidating, perhaps it wasn’t as much fun as they’d hoped. So if you’re still exercising at the end of February, you are already ahead of the game. I know it’s not easy to keep going though, especially when the first flush of newness has evaporated and you see how slow and how hard and how long it’s going to take to get fit and look gorgeous. This is...
  2. A bikini figure isn’t for summer – it should be for life.

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    Article By Anne Elliott Summer is here, the beach is near and its too late to feel guilty that you didn’t start the diet and exercise regime in May you’d promised yourself and you’re certainly not going to diet on holiday, I hope! However, sitting quietly and relaxing for a few days might be just the opportunity to appraise your present approach to your health and fitness. Middle age is a vulnerable point in the lifecourse. Lifestyle choices during your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s will be beginning to show in your 50’s. It may be the couple of stones you keep meaning to lose or the low level neck or back ache that wont go away or the aches in your hip or fingers that you think are the...
  3. Are you SAD? (affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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    Article by Anne Elliott As well as snow, gales, floods and tepid winter temperatures (which encourage viruses and other nasties to proliferate) one of our biggest enemies but least acknowledged is the continuous and seemingly endless greyness. I have a friend in California with whom I regularly Skype. She seems to be sitting in continuous sunshine whereas my world seems to be constantly dreary. She seems to have a happy smiley countenance whereas I look endlessly gloomy and dour. Behavioural responses to our winter existence include staying in more because its too cold to go out, however, when you are indoors, you don’t move so much. Another response is the body’s need for temperature homeostasis. In summer you can wear less and perspire more: in winter you are hard wired to eat to keep...
  4. Walk before you run. Exercise is for life, not just for January!

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    Article by Anne Elliott A very happy new year to you all. I hope your waistline didn’t take too much of a hammering. It all  seems to have flown by in a flurry of turkey stuffing and afternoon snoozes. However as sure as Monday follows Sunday we are now assailed with wall to wall diet and exercise advertising. I find it so ironic walking into supermarkets that one week ago were focussing on the richest, most fatty, sugary, exotic celebratory foods from around the world and literally overnight, banks of fresh, low fat, low sugar, and thin reduced calorie stuff has taken its place. Cynical and manipulation come to mind. Eschewing such pressures and following a reasonable healthy lifestyle is very hard, and this week it was...
  5. How not to gain weight over Christmas (but still have fun)

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    Article by Anne Elliott What is Christmas to you? A time of festive jollity, family and friends, presents under the tree and wall to wall parties? Or perhaps it’s preparation stress, concern about the cost, overindulgent rich foods, wall to wall television and expanding waistlines. As ever reality is usually somewhere in the middle. However, for many people who have done their best to stay active and worked hard to maintain a healthy weight, Christmas can be a terrifying tunnel of concern that you will undo all the good of the previous 12 months, after all everything is stacked against you; time pressures mean you can’t get to the gym or exercise class, guests and family arriving mean you have to be the hostess with the most-est, an onslaught...
  6. Is it time for a body audit now if we want to live happily and healthily later in life?

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    Article by Anne Elliott “You’re only are old as you think you are”, we are often told to believe, and although it has been shown that in old age if you think you are incapable you become incapable, there is most definitely a physiological ageing process happening and is already in motion in early middle age. In a healthy adult, by the age of 60 these reductions in functionality are perfectly normal: Strength down 1-2%pa Power down 3-4% pa Bone density 1-3% pa in women Ligament tensile strength down 50% by age 60 VO2Max (Lung function) 1% pa Nervous system functionality down 37% by age 60 Of course some people will be better and others worse than these figures especially if they have a chronic condition. What is important in light of these bald facts, is...
  7. Who’s responsible for your health?

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    Article by Anne Elliott On the surface it seems like a glib question. But what is your gut answer? Is it you, your family, your GP, the NHS, the government? Something has changed without us noticing it over the last 30 years. I remember my parents stoically working on through coughs, colds, flu, stomach bugs and any of the other myriad health irritants around. You had to be at death’s door to warrant a visit from the doctor. In fact surgery visits were a day trip out for the whole family and the proceeding 9-12 months of health issues were dealt with in one go for the each family member. Health was clearly a personal responsibility and the NHS was only called on to intervene at moments of serious...
  8. Exercising with Diabetes

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    By Anne Elliott Serious health conditions can hit at any age and when they do, they are invariably life changing. However, with many of them the problem is that as soon as a condition is diagnosed the patient can go into a kind of psychological lock down. From the body’s point of view, it’s pretty sensible; it wants to protect itself but this means it can misinterpret very sound advice and practice. One such case in point is being diagnosed with Diabetes. Many adults who are told they have the condition closed the gates and hunker down for the long term being too scared to take part in many activities in case it makes matter worse. This is far from the truth. It’s all to do with insulin. Food we eat...
  9. ‘I’m glad I’m not young now’ says Anne

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    Article by Anne Elliott All my girlfriends seem to spend a lot of time and energy wishing they were twenty again and spending a lot of money trying to look like they were. It’s exhausting, and I posset that we over fifties are becoming as much under pressure from media role models to defy time as younger women are coerced to be stick insects. I actually heard someone say that fifty is the new thirty – but I remember thirty as being a period of self-imposed pressure to look ‘proper’ and ‘soberly’ so that my bosses would take me seriously. Being 54 is kind of liberating. I feel I know now who I am and what I want from my life. I have learnt how to get...
  10. Tips to keep your exercise goals on track – don’t lose your resolve!

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    Article by Anne Elliott. How is your New Years resolution going? Good and strong I hope. Unfortunately, although January might be the biggest uptake of adults joining gyms, it’s the second half of February that sees the biggest number stopping. Why do they stop? Perhaps it was harder than they thought, perhaps it was a bit too intimidating, perhaps it wasn’t as much fun as they’d hoped. So if you’re still exercising at the end of February, you are already ahead of the game. I know it’s not easy to keep going though, especially when the first flush of newness has evaporated and you see how slow and how hard and how long it’s going to take to get fit and look gorgeous. This is the...
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