Fit over 50 Update — Sleep Sounder, Live Longer

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page XX): Tim Herrera, the Smarter Living editor for the New York Times, writes, “Imagine this: Someone walks up to you and pitches you on a brand new, magical pill. This pill can measurably improve your memory, overall cognitive performance, ability to learn new information, receptivity to facial cues, mood, ability to handle problems, metabolism, risk for heart disease and immune system. Would you buy it?” He answers, “Yeah, yeah, you saw this coming: That pill exists, but not in pill form. You can have all of those benefits for free, and all it takes is going to bed a little bit earlier. That’s it.” And he’s right! And, we explain why…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How important is flexibility?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the September issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I know it’s important to keep up our strength as we grow older, but I saw a news report that said it was just as important to keep up our flexibility. Is that true? —Not Flexible in Florida Dear Unbendable, It is true that one of the biggest issues for all of us as we age is the loss of flexibility, or range of motion (ROM). Reduced ROM can cause problems ranging from inconvenience to injuries. The accumulation, over the years, of injuries to our…
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Fit over 50 Update — How to Live Longer

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In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we have a chapter titled, "Five Habits to Live Ten Years Longer (or More)!" (page 137) and another, "You Need to Know Four Numbers" to live longer (page 141). Order Fo50 Here The American Heart Association has a similar approach it calls, "Life's Simple 7." Improving your scores has been shown to improve cardiovascular risks and outcomes. The score factors in smoking, diet, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. You can improve your score with the lifestyle changes we recommend in our book and your quantity and quality of life is likely to improve. Unfortunately, as shown in a new study over an 18-year period that ended…
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Dr. Dobson Highlights Larimore’s Newest Book

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Family Talk radio said of their broadcasts this last Thursday and Friday: On these enlightening broadcasts, Dr. Dobson has two informative conversations with Dr. Walt Larimore. They examine the health tips covered in Dr. Larimore's new book, Fit Over 50. You can still listen to or download either or both broadcasts here: Thursday, September 19th: listen or download here.Friday, September 20th: listen or download here. You can order your own copy of "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You" here. ORDER HERE
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Dr. Walt on Dr. Dobson’s “Family Talk” Today (Part 2)

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I was grateful to be with my friend, Dr. James Dobson, in his "Family Talk" studio recently discussing my and Phil Bishop's new book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Dr. Dobson and I are recording today's program. We recorded two shows about the book. You can listen to today's program, PART TWO, Friday, September 20th, here. If you missed yesterday's program, PART ONE, on Thursday, September 19th, you can hear it here. You can also order a copy of the book by clicking the link below. ORDER HERE
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Dr. Walt on Dr. Dobson’s “Family Talk” Today (Part 1)

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I was grateful to be with my friend, Dr. James Dobson, in his "Family Talk" studio recently discussing my and Phil Bishop's new book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. We've been friends since 1995. I was one of his Vice Presidents at Focus on the Family from 2001 to 2004. We recorded two shows about the book. You can listen to the first one, PART ONE, today, Thursday, September 19th, here. I'll post the link to PART TWO in the blog tomorrow. But, you can order "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You" here. ORDER HERE
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Maintaining Younger Looking Skin

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. ORDER HERE Dear Dr. Walt, I’d like younger looking skin. Is there an easy way to do this? —Young-in-Heart in California Dear Youthful, The basic answer is to avoid the UV light from the sun that both can harm and age your skin. Want proof? Look at your arm. The side on top looks older than the underside, correct? And, the upper side is one exposed the most to sunlight. Furthermore, your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every single time you go outside, even on cloudy…
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Fit over 50 Update — Time Outside

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In my and Dr. Philip Bishop's book, "Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You," we have an entire tip (#6 -- Get Outdoors [page 121]) in which we reveal the amazing health benefits of getting outside. We tell our readers about Japanese researchers who are describing "shinrin-yoku," which means "tak ing in the forest atmosphere" or “forest bathing,” as “the practice of spending time in a forested area in an effort to reap wellness rewards. ORDER HERE But how much nature is enough? It turns out recent research says "120 minutes a week." According to a recent report in the New York Times, “The study examined data from nearly 20,000 people in England who took part in the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How Can I Get a Safe Sun Tan?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE. Dear Dr. Walt, How can I safely get a suntan? —Pale in New Mexico Dear Pallid, Simply put, and this may be a shock, but you cannot. The American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons says, “There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color (caused by UV light) is a sign of skin damage. Evidence suggests tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer.”  But, there is a safe and effective way to get a tanned appearance – and that is by using…
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Fit over 50 Update — Blueberries Promote Heart Health

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Eating blueberries reduces the risk of a cardiovascular event In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page 32): A colleague of mine has suggested a simple formula for good health: 0-5-10-30-150. 0 = zero cigarettes; 5 = five servings of fruit and vegetables a day; 10 = ten minutes of silence, relaxation, meditation, or prayer a day; 30 = a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30; and 150 = the number of minutes of exercise per week. Order Fo50 Here The New York Times reports “researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 11.4 to 14.5 percent.”…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Are Tanning Beds Harmful?

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This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today's Christian Living. If you don't have a subscription, I highly recommend it. Order HERE Dear Dr. Walt, My wife and I are having a debate. I believe tanning beds are safe and the salon I go to says so. She’s read that they’re not safe at all. Who’s right? —Tan in New York Dear Bronzed, A friend said, “When I married Miss Right, I didn’t realize her first name was Always.” Chock another one up for the missus. When it comes to tanning beds or sun lights, I never recommend them, nor do dermatologists. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery…
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Fit over 50 Update — Are Dogs Owners Healthier?

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Dog Owners Get More Exercise In my and Phil Bishop's book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write ... Did you know there are lots of benefits of pet ownership? The CDC reports that the bond between people and their pets can (1) increase fitness due to increased exercise, (2) lower stress, perhaps in part due to increased outdoor activities, (3) decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and decrease feelings of loneliness and increase opportunities for socialization.Fit over 50, page 117 Order Fo50 Here Now a New York Times article report that “dog owners are about four times more likely than other people to meet today’s physical activity guidelines, according to a large-scale new study of dogs and exercise.” Dog owners spent close to 300…
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Monthly Family Update – September 2019

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Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: Just released, my newest book, “Fit over 50”Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick PittsLifetime Achievement AwardToday’s Christian Living“Ask Dr. Walt” columnTSI Fan WritesLast Month’s EventsNext Month’s EventsPast Issues 1) Just released, my newest book – “Fit over 50” Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You released on August 6. You can learn more about the book and order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends. ORDER HERE 2) Interview about “Fit over 50” with Dr. Nick Pitts I was interviewed by Dr. Nick Pitts on the national radio program, “Point of View” about my just-released book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can listen to…
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