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 3 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 Other News, MedTech
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
Senior Skiers: Take Care in the Sun!

Senior Skiers: Take Care in the Sun!

Advice From a Dermatologist Nordic Skier. The sun is by far and away the most common cause of both (1) skin cancer and (2) skin aging. More than two million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the USA. Caught early, most skin cancers can be removed, leaving a cosmetically acceptable scar. In more advanced cases, valued anatomic parts[Read More…]

by March 15, 2017 0 comments Health, MedTech
Marc Liebman recommends elliptical training for senior skiers.

Adapting your workout to your age.

Stamina, skiing and senior skiers. Have you noticed that the older you get, you have to work out harder to maintain an ever-decreasing level of conditioning?  Yeah, yeah, yeah…  I know all the reasons but the reality is vigorous work-outs just delay the inevitable.  As we get older our: Bodies aren’t as flexible; Bones are more brittle; Muscles don’t recover[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 7 comments Conditioning
Siri says alternative medicine returned her to real life.  
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Can Alternative Medicine Help You?

A Tragic Accident Turns A Ski Racer Into A Believer And A Healer. Siri Wieringa was born into a skiing family. It’s in her genes. By college she was an accomplished ski racer. But a horrific on-course accident tossed her down the hill, flipping her over and over, breaking up one side of her body and terrorizing her brain. When[Read More…]

by November 22, 2016 2 comments MedTech
Reasonably priced, Nalgene water bottle.
Credit: LL Bean

Most Active Seniors Probably Have This Problem

But, There’s A Free Miracle Drug You Can Take. At the risk of sounding like a spam email headline, I have re-discovered a miracle drug. It’s completely free, it acts quickly, and it can be found anywhere and everywhere. It’s a drug that can directly change your life for the better. I say re-discovered because I knew about this drug,[Read More…]

by October 17, 2016 4 comments Health
Pollan's seven word rule for selecting and consuming food.  Makes sense.

On The Fitness Road Again!

How My Fitness Journey Took A Detour, And How One Powerful Documentary Is Going To Help Me Get Back On Track. So, to let all of you who were following my fitness journey here last summer know, I was doing great…and then I wasn’t. I don’t know exactly when I lost momentum or let complacency set in or thought I[Read More…]

by August 25, 2016 0 comments Nutrition
A hike along a forest trail restores the mind and spirit.
Credit: Steve Hines

How I Choose Hikes

Outdoor Expert Says Consider Your Purpose For Walking. [Editor Note: Steve Hines will be teaching a hiking boot fitting workshop at the REI in Reading, MA., on August 10 at 6:30 pm. If you are in the area, drop by REI at 279 Salem St. and say hi.] I like to hike. I hike for exercise, escape/“mental health” and to enjoy[Read More…]

by July 28, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Credit: Telegraph UK

Tender Exercise Relieves Ski Day Stiffness

Simple Tai Chi for Senior Skiers. [Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com welcomes Tommy Kirchhoff, a long-time ski instructor and a certified Tai Chi master. He has been teaching senior exercises for 12 years. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art that has evolved to slow-moving poses that is practiced all over the world.] I learned something valuable recently: my health and my[Read More…]

by April 27, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Sometimes we need a little boost.

Clif Bar vs Munk Pack: A Jolt In A Bar

Comparing Veteran And A New Comer Energy Boosters. Energy bars and gels have been on the market for a long time for endurance athletes and weekend warriors alike. Cycling, running and skiing require a positive store of energy that can be augmented by a power snack stored in a cycling jersey, pack or ski parka.  It is especially important to[Read More…]

by March 22, 2016 3 comments Nutrition
Correspondent Harriet Wallis bribed son Cal, daughter Alison, and best ski buddy Laurie to demonstrate warm ups at the top of a Deer Valley lift.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Stretching vs Dynamic Warm-Ups

Are you tuning or terrifying your body? Some experts say stretching before exercise helps performance and lessens injuries. Others say stretching can cause damage. So what should you do? “Skiers who stretch at the top of a lift are crazy!” says Jo Garuccio, a PSIA Examiner, Snowbird ski instructor and Triathlon World Champion. “They’ve been on a cold lift and[Read More…]

by February 16, 2016 2 comments Conditioning
Poll Results: Stretching 60; Not Stretching 40

Poll Results: Stretching 60; Not Stretching 40

Most Do, Many Don’t. Here are the results of our latest poll.  We are curious about why people do and don’t.  Please let us know in the “Comments” section below.  And, we are researching an article on stretching for an upcoming issue.  There are some exercise and physical therapists who say it’s essential, and some who say maybe not so[Read More…]

by February 10, 2016 6 comments Conditioning

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