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Fitness Tips

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Happy Welcyon member and coach

How About, “Exercise, Be Happy!”?

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin released the popular and catchy tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” While it is good advice, one study shows that exercise helps too!

Researchers recruited 120 men and women with an average age of 71 years. Half of them performed a variety of walking, stretching, movement, and balance exercises regularly for 8 weeks. The other half did not perform formal exercise.

The results?

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Biceps, Triceps and You

Five Ways to Keep Upper Arm Muscles Healthy & Strong

Bicep Tricep Machine

Whether you’re swinging a tennis racquet or lifting your grandchild, you need strong biceps and triceps. But as we age, these muscles can rapidly diminish, leaving us unable to do even the simplest chores. Fortunately, strength training can restore lost muscle and prevent age-related loss. Check out five ways to tone up—safely and fast!

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Oh, My Aching Back!

Your Lower Back Pain Could Be Part of a Much Bigger Problem

Man with Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain seems like an inevitable part of aging. Just pass the ibuprofen and carry on. Right? Actually, discomfort in the lumbar region is often the first symptom of deeper problems that can drastically impact your mobility and quality of life. Fortunately, there’s a practical solution that builds strength, corrects posture, and eliminates back pain. And it doesn’t come in a bottle.

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5 Reasons You Need a Strong Core

Strong Core

There’s a lot more to strong abdominal muscles than a “ripped six pack.” In fact, even if those muscles never see the light of day, your time on the ab machine is well spent. From lifting your grandkids to eliminating back pain, a strong core delivers big benefits to your health and quality of life.

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Can Strength Training Make You Smarter?

Hitting the Gym Twice a Week Stimulates Brain Health

Resistance training is our core focus at Welcyon. For good reason, too. Not only does it make you stronger, healthier, and more energetic—it just might unleash your inner Einstein! Studies show that it’s the most effective way to boost and maintain brain function as we age. That’s one more reason why working out at least twice a week at Welcyon is the smart thing to do.

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Healthy Tips for Eating & Living Well After 50

Did you know that owning a pet can reduce your cholesterol? Or that eating a banana a day can help lower blood pressure? Or that dusting off your old guitar and finally nailing Stairway to Heaven can actually expand your mind? You’ll find these, and many other surprising tips for healthy, vibrant living in this quick read on WebMD.

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You’re Never Too Old to Compete!

Not so long ago, the number-one athletic activity for folks over 50 was bench warming. These days, droves of older athletes are storming the playing field to reclaim their sports. Check out this story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune to learn how health clubs like Welcyon are helping people from 50 to 80 get back in the game and stay there. Read more.

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Want to Live Longer? Get Stronger!

If you’re over 50, you could be losing muscle—at an alarming rate. That makes you vulnerable to a host of degenerative diseases. Fortunately, Welcyon fitness guru, Mark Richards has a proven strategy for helping you regain strength, fitness and health for years of vital, energetic living.

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5 Tips for Staying Strong All Summer

5 tips for staying strong all summer

With the warm weather coming on, you might be tempted to skip your workouts. While taking it easy might be fun for a week or two, you’ll eventually pay for it with big muscle loss. The good news is that training as little as once a week will maintain the strength you worked so hard to gain. This month, Coach Mark offers five tips for staying motivated and strong during the long, lazy summer.

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Gravity’s Last Stand

If your back aches and your joints feel stiff, you’re not alone. Aches, pains and inflexibility are common complaints for adults over 50. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This week, Coach Mark shares five simple stretches you can use to alleviate pain, regain flexibility and extend range of motion on everything from your golf swing to your dance-floor boogie.

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