Health

High tech bike lights allow you to ride into the evening hours when the clock changes back to Standard Time. Credit: MountainRides.com

Can You Ski Yourself Into Shape?

There Are Other, Fun Ways To Get Ready Besides Hitting The Gym. One of the myths I hear from people at the beginning of the ski season is that they can “ski themselves into shape.”  They have not really done any preparation for the ski season and feel that they just have to start skiing, and their ski legs will[Read More…]

by October 2, 2018 9 comments Conditioning
Conditioning Can Beat Sarcopenia: Pay Attention Seniors

Conditioning Can Beat Sarcopenia: Pay Attention Seniors

Sarcopenia Weakens Muscles In Aging Bodies, But It Can Be Managed. If you’ve been lax about starting, continuing, or expanding your current conditioning program, it is time to get with the program. Many seniors are susceptible to weakened muscle as a natural effect of aging. When was the last time you picked up trash barrel, laundry basket, your bike, kayak,[Read More…]

by September 19, 2018 1 comment Conditioning
Cold Buster tea blend soothes colds and is caffeine-free. Credit: Harriet Wallis

Product Review: Company Based On Tea’s Cancer-Fighting Properties

Tea Offers Flavor, Enjoyment, And Health. Let’s make it clear. Tea cannot cure cancer. But the chemical make up of many teas can be part of a healthy anti-cancer lifestyle. It’s not hocus pocus. Tea is a most studied anti-cancer plant. Check out what the National Cancer Institute says about tea’s anti-cancer benefits: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet But let’s start at the beginning.[Read More…]

by August 21, 2018 0 comments Nutrition
Ride with younger guys? Then ride wise and slow down. Credit: Pat McCloskey

Cycling Efficiency For Seniors

Bottom Line: Knoweth Thy Limits, Wise One. As I  was pounding the rocks of  Laurel Mountain on the mountain bike with  a group of younger riders here in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, I was thinking strategy.  At 63 years old, I am still in pretty good shape but the older I get, I start thinking about the old adage “age[Read More…]

by June 17, 2018 2 comments Conditioning, East
Don't be old-fashioned about getting fit.  Rose Marie Cleese finds high-quality sites to check out.

Sarcopenia: Insidious Muscle Loss Can Be Managed.

It Can Happen, But Don’t Despair.  Read On. Sarcopenia or muscle wasting is a condition which affects almost everyone starting about 50 years of age.  Do you have it?  Look in the mirror: Your once proud biceps and pectorals have sagged, your pants are falling down, no more butt, your legs look skinny. What looks like loose skin is really[Read More…]

by May 14, 2018 2 comments Conditioning
Seriously Injured? High Fives Has A Program For You

Seriously Injured? High Fives Has A Program For You

A Community That Can Help You To Get Back To Athleticism. What if you suffer a life altering brain, spinal or physically limiting injury and want to ski again? Where do you turn? One place is the High Fives Foundation started by Ray Tuscany who was a ski racer who broke his back. After his injury, he founded High Fives[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 1 comment Health
A seasoned Alpine skier (left) compared to a pro Nordic skier.  XC is easy to do wrong.
(Credit: Brad Noren_

XC Skiing: Older, Wiser, And Cheaper

A Veteran Ski Instructor Finds Nordic Matches His Senior Skiing Philosophy. Older, wiser, cheaper, what is this about? It reflects on what happens with age for most, but let’s put it into a skiing context. Having taught skiing since 1971, I’ve discovered these are the three adjectives that seem to reflect on one’s skiing philosophy with the passing of time.[Read More…]

by November 14, 2017 1 comment Conditioning
Shape Up: How To Get Fit For The Season

Shape Up: How To Get Fit For The Season

Progressive Exercises From Easy To Difficult Can Help You Tone Up. Okay, it’s late October, and you’ve put this off long enough.  You need to limber up for the upcoming snow season. Without topping up your muscles and stretching those ligaments, you can hurt yourself and have a very short season indeed. With some daily or weekly fitness routines, you[Read More…]

by October 25, 2017 1 comment Conditioning
Downward Facing Dog
Credit: Yoga Basics

Fitness Focus: The Essential Down Dog

Here’s One Of The Most Important Stretches An Active Senior Can Do. [Editor Note: Our summer series Fitness Focus is taking a distinctive turn toward several important yoga positions. We’ve highlighted the Squat, the Plank, and now the Down Dog.  We are a bit biased toward these poses because we have experienced personal progress and various muscle pain relief by[Read More…]

by July 5, 2017 0 comments Conditioning
Pretty basic, but effective. It's easy to do it incorrectly so study up.
Credit: Yoga Lily

Fitness Focus: Plank, Plank, Plank

This Pose Is Considered The Simplest, Most Effective Core Strengthener. “Plank, plank, plank,” says Jan, the exercise instructor at the head of our class.  After an hour of kick boxing, we start the floor exercises to end the session.  We get into plank position as she intones, “Plank, plank, plank”. The seconds roll by. High plank or Phalakasana pose. The most glorious[Read More…]

by June 4, 2017 0 comments Conditioning
Malasana or garland pose is a squat sit that might be a good place to start.
Credit: REI

Fitness Focus: Do You Know Squat?

Squat Lately? Try It Every Day For A Week And See What Happens. Editor Note: This week marks the beginning of our summer exercise series, Fitness Focus, where we will highlight one particular exercise, activity, stretch, or pose that leads to increased strength and flexibility.  Our first is the ubiquitous, simple, and under-appreciated squat. Did you know the squat sit, or the[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 0 comments Conditioning
What’s Biting You? Part Two: Treatment And Prevention

What’s Biting You? Part Two: Treatment And Prevention

[Editor Note: This is Part Two of a two-part article on Lyme disease by Steve Hines, outdoorsman and Wilderness First Responder. Click here for Part One: What’s Biting You?] Treatment The best treatment for Lyme disease bacteria is antibiotics. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually[Read More…]

by May 10, 2017 0 comments Health
Lyme disease is no longer considered limited to the Northeast.
Credit: CDC

What’s Biting You? Lyme Is Now A National Problem

If You Are Walking In The Woods This Spring, Be Wary Of Ticks. [Editor Note: This is the first of a two part article on Lyme disease by Steve Hines, an avid outdoorsman and certified Wilderness First Responder.] Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected black-legged or deer tick. Lyme disease has become a nation-wide epidemic with[Read More…]

by May 2, 2017 5 comments Health
Dermatologist on Sunscreens and Skiing

Dermatologist on Sunscreens and Skiing

Memo to Skiers: Always use a “broad- spectrum” sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. Commercial sunscreens are divided into two classes: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain Zinc oxide and titanium oxide. They deflect ultraviolet energy from the skin by scattering ultraviolet light. All other sunscreen compounds are “chemical,” which act by absorbing ultraviolet light and re-emitting the[Read More…]

by March 22, 2017 0 comments MedTech, Other News
Walk-In Orthopedic Clinic Opens Near Salt Lake City’s Resorts

Walk-In Orthopedic Clinic Opens Near Salt Lake City’s Resorts

Nobody wants to get hurt while on vacation, but sometimes it happens. Did you crash at one of the Wasatch Front resorts, think you were okay, but later decide to get checked? This new after-hours clinic treats what was hurt while skiing during the day. The University of Utah Health Care Orthopedic Center is one of only a handful of academic[Read More…]

by March 16, 2017 0 comments MedTech

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