4 tips on losing those pesky five pounds — or so they tell us

4 tips on losing those pesky five pounds

Ever since I gave birth to my daughter, three years ago, I have been trying to lose the same five pounds.

I'll go on a crash diet of pickles and Diet Coke, lose a pound, and then celebrate by eating lots and lots of bread.

I know I need to keep trying and, more importantly, lose the pounds the healthy way, but I'm just not motivated.

According to R. J. Shephard's article "Aging and Exercise" in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science, I am in good company — it is difficult to motivate the vast majority of older adults to exercise regularly. But after doing some research, I've discovered some ways to get recommitted.


5 ways to keep the bounty of the season from expanding your waistline

best nursing homes-5 ways to keep the bounty of the season

Thanksgiving may be over but it is my favorite holiday. I love the fall colors, the warm oven, the amazing smells coming from the kitchen, and the chance to give thanks for abundance. Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating — and it's also a time for overeating. The average American eats 3000 calories and 229 grams of fat during this one meal. But if you're watching your waistline, you can enjoy a delicious, traditional meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas while still managing to avoid the worst caloric offenders.

1) Dark meat turkey with skin

Dark meat tends to be tastier and more moist on a turkey because of the higher fat content. But that also means it's more calorically dense than white meat. White meat has only 115 calories per three-ounce serving, vs. 150 calories for dark meat. And with all of that delicious skin, you could be piling on up to 44 grams of fat per serving. If you must have some dark meat, take comfort in knowing that dark meat contains predominantly the heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, plus contains more iron, zinc and selenium than white meat.


Best exercise for older adults

Best nursing homes-Best exercise for older adults

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is a fundamental part of life for all ages. Each age group stands to benefit from the advantages regular exercise can bring to one's overall health. This is especially true for older adults who are 50 years and older.

Regular exercise combats all forms of disease by strengthening muscles, including the heart. This improves circulation which reduces the occurrence of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Regular exercise along with a healthy diet reduces the risks of heart attack and stroke.

Yet not many 60 year olds can start a rigorous exercise routine without injury. Most need to practice an exercise routine that is challenging yet doesn't provoke stress or cause injury.


Like father, like son: Building a tradition of good health

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It's not uncommon for an adult to engage in a conversation about his cholesterol. "No pie for me, thanks. I'm watching my fat intake. I need to get my LDL numbers down."

Can you imagine the same conversation among young people? Most can't. And yet the percentage of obesity and juvenile diabetes among young people is considered by World Health Organization to be "the most serious health challenge of the 21st Century."

Most health experts agree that prevention is key when controlling high blood cholesterol and other diseases associated with a high LDL count. Although one may think dialogue about cholesterol is better suited for the dining table at a retirement center instead of a school cafeteria, think again.


The adventures of menopause and the family who endures it

best nursing homes-The adventures of menopause and the family who endures it

It seems to happen overnight. What was once a peaceful household with a doting wife and mom at the helm becomes a chaotic atmosphere filled with forgotten appointments, crying episodes and a vacillating thermostat. Mom just doesn't seem like herself. And, from the menopausal perspective, she isn't.

Although menopause is a natural part of a woman's life, the transition can often be far from idyllic both for the woman and the people standing on the sidelines.

Rather than cowering in the shadows until the coast is clear, this is the time when your support of the woman in your life can make a positive impact. Here are some suggestions on where you could offer the most help.