Fit over 50 Update — Waking up early can make you healthier and wealthier

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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: Research from Northwestern University and the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom suggests that self-described “night owls” have a 10 percent greater risk of death than “morning people” and that they have “higher risks for conditions such as diabetes or psychological disorders.” As was mentioned in tip 24, a 2019 British report concluded women who wake up early have up to a 48 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Benjamin Franklin recognized the health benefits of early rising and put this old proverb in the 1735 edition of his Poor Richard’s Almanack [sic]: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.Fit over 50, Tip #17, Sleep Sounder,…
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Count the Cost and Spend It

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Dr. Walt featured in September 2019 Christian Medical and Dental Associations Blog written by Al Weir, MD. “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them…He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me…’” (Mark 10:13-14, NIV 1984). It was 1984 and the occasion was our daughter‘s sixth birthday. My father had become very concerned I was working so hard. Up to 60 to 80 hours a week. It was good work. Comprehensive patient care including spiritual care.Teaching residents, students and fellows in our teaching practice. Performing nationally recognized peer-reviewed, community-based studies. Faculty appointments at 10 medical schools. All was good. But Daddy was concerned. He was concerned for me as a person, as a husband and as a father. He was concerned for my…
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Fit over 50 Update — Walking Benefits Your Health

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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 in Tip #12 -- Move!: Research, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, reported how the Cleveland Clinic studied more than 122,000 patients from 1991 to 2014, putting them under treadmill testing and later recording mortality rates. They reported a clear connection between exercise and a longer, healthier life. “Being unfit on an exercise stress test had a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic, or being a current smoker,” Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and study author Wael Jaber told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.” He added that lack of exercise “should be treated as a disease that has a prescription,…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Starting strength training

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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, My family doctor has encouraged me to begin strength training. What’s the best way to begin?  —Wanting Muscle in Missouri Dear Hesitant, Dear Toning-Up-One, A lot of choices are available. The most effective approach is to join a gym that can offer you a variety of training choices and a professional staff to educate and guide you. But at home or in a facility, here are options in the order I recommend them: Machines. Strength training machines use weights (most often) but also can use…
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Fit over 50 Update — Reduce Red Meat

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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 of the health benefits of avoiding "non-processed red meat (i.e., deli meats): A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies.Fit over 50, Essential 2 Preventive Care Order Fo50 Here CNN now reports that research “finds that changes in your red-meat-eating habits can be tied to your risk of early death.” The findings were published in the BMJ. NPR's “The Salt” blog reports that the “study, which included about 80,000 men and women,” found…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Join a Gym?

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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’m looking into a gym membership. But, all of the brawny bodies there are intimidating to me. Any suggestions? —Unsure in Utah Dear Hesitant, Many folks are intimidated about going to the gym because of the muscular people they encounter. But older Americans stand to gain the most from weight lifting of any segment of our society. Researchers have found at least ten benefits to strength training as we age: Improved functional strength and flexibility, making us less vulnerable to falls or other injuries.Increased bone…
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Fit over 50 Update — Sitting Too Much Kills

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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: “If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression.Fit over 50, Chapter 12, MOVE! (page 149) Order Fo50 Here A new study adds to what we told you in our book … Researchers from the University of Cambridge report that sitting too much results in up to twice the likelihood of premature…
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Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — How should I stretch before exercise?

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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’ve been told I need to stretch before exercise. Do you recommend any particular technique? —Stiff in South Dakota Dear Inelastic, 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 joints may keep us from doing things we could easily do when we were younger.  I recommend static stretchingas an…
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Monthly Family Update – October 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. James DobsonLast 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. James Dobson I was interviewed by Dr. James Dobson for his national radio program, “Family Talk” about my just-released book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.” You can listen to or download either or both podcasts here: Thursday, September 19th: listen…
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