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Originally, when I began writing my blog, my demographic was the Over-70 age group. However, I have since had many requests for help from those in their 50’s and 60’s.
Accordingly, I decided – beginning with blog #6 – to change to Over50andfit.

Barrie
Over50andfit.ca

A Crisis for seniors:  Isolation and Loneliness

The explosion in the numbers of seniors world-wide has spawned a critical international issue. The United Nations claims that the number of seniors is projected to more than double, rising from 761 million in 2021 to 1.6 billion in 2050.

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Playing pickleball

The Exploding Popularity of Pickleball

Question: Why is this sport called pickleball? Answer: One version claims that the creator had a dog called Pickle, which he trained to retrieve the plastic balls each time they rolled off the court.

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Fitness without exercise

Fitness Without Exercise

If exercise feels like an impossible, torturous task, the best approach might be to take it off the table completely. You don’t have to exercise as such.

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Barrie promoting healthy living

What Sparks Your Soul?

Ikigai (eeki-guy) is a captivating Japanese philosophy that encapsulates the profound essence of a purposeful life. Derived from the fusion of “iki”, meaning life, and “gai”, signifying value or worth, ikigai offers a timeless guide to living a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment.

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Don’t be the Fall Guy!

Balance becomes a crucial component as we grow older. Falling is one of the most serious medical problems. The muscles we use to stand tall weaken ever so gradually after we hit 30 (yes, only 30).

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Sleeping well

How to Sleep Better…

Apart from health and money, what do we most crave? The answer could well be: SLEEP. It is generally accepted that a healthy adult requires on average 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

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Street walking

“Street” Walking

Walking is something that almost all of us take for granted, which is why it’s probably the most underrated form of exercise. It’s a simple way to trigger a cascade of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Make an impact with low-impact fitness:

Pilates is a system of low-impact controlled exercises designed to improve core strength, mobility and flexibility: all of the body’s muscles are engaged. This system is comprised of precise moves, a focus on form and specific breathing techniques. I incorporate several of these exercises in my own fitness regimen.

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Sitting is the new smoking

Sitting is the New Smoking…

The negative health consequences of prolonged sitting accumulate when your body chronically remains in the same position with little or no movement for extended periods of time. Several recent research studies suggest that the amount of time North Americans spend sitting down each day, whether at a desk, in a car, or in front of a screen, create health risks comparable to those caused by smoking.

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Text Neck: An Epidemic in the Making

Text Neck: An Epidemic in the Making

Text Neck is a term coined to describe a repetitive stress injury caused by excessive use of electronic devices, particularly cell phones. Many people are hunched over when texting, and are not aware of the potential permanent damage to their cervical spine.

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Barrie showing a kettlebell

Should I Put The Kettle On?

In the simplest terms, a kettlebell is a weight with a handle. Since its introduction to gyms a few decades ago, this bulb-shaped and cast-iron weight has been touted as being able to provide a complete workout by itself.

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Barrie fitness

Short and Sweet Fitness

I have a question for you: Do you have difficulty fitting exercise into your daily regimen? If yes, the answer just might be “exercise snacks”, or brief bouts of exercise spread throughout the day. Typically, they are done at a higher intensity than regular exercise.

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Building the Core of Your Body

The core is the centre of the body and stabilizes it, allowing you to move in any direction. The core encompasses your abs, hips, chest, pelvis, buttocks and back.  The core muscles are the central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower back.

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Fitness Over 50

The Fit Generation

The video is a multi-award-winning documentary about astonishingly energetic people in their 70s and 80s in B.C., who defy the stereotypical image of age.

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Memory training

Over 50 and Fit: I’ll Never Forget What’s-His-Name!

Previously, I have focussed exclusively on physical fitness. Based on popular demand, going forward I want to cover total fitness – not only physical, but also mental, emotional, relationship and financial fitness. In this blog, I will talk about mental fitness, specifically memory.

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Every minute of every day. Year after year. Decade after decade. Your heart is always working for you but are you working for your heart?

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