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Losing our 'old lady' posture

Many of us over 50 look the same: our head pokes forward, our shoulders and back are rounded, and our belly sticks out. While it doesn’t look good, it doesn’t feel good either. This kind of ‘old lady’ posture restricts our breathing — and consequently our vitality — and makes us susceptible to neck, shoulder and back pain.   Read this post

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise: sometimes it pays to work in, not work out

Our summery weather gets some of us feeling we ought to be doing more exercise. On one hand that’s a plus since our bodies need regular and consistent movement to stay healthy. But there are times when more exercise isn’t smart.   Read this post

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Prime time starts at 50

It’s popular to complain about getting older, but ageing has one big plus in its favour: we’re happier.  Read this post

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

We need a range of strategies for better bones

Deakin University has become a key location for osteoporosis research. And they’re coming up with some interesting findings.  Read this post

Monday, September 22, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

One of the most valuable exercises you can do

Regardless of our age there are basic movements that we all need to master to live. One of the most important is squatting. You need to be able to squat to sit down, garden, pick things up from the floor, get into a car, and yes, go to the toilet.  Read this post

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Is ageing like an arch or a staircase?

Jane Fonda, in her book Prime Time, argues that we need a new view of ageing. The old paradigm, she says, likened ageing to an arch. We’re born, we peak, then we decline into decrepitude. Instead she equates ageing with ascending a staircase.   Read this post

Monday, September 08, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Resilience: the art of bouncing back

Oil company Esso used to use the slogan ‘put a tiger in your tank’, and made plastic, child-sized, blow-up tigers with a weighted base. When you punched the tiger it went over and bounced back again. Anna Bligh thinks of resilience as being like that.   Read this post

Monday, September 08, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise as medicine for women over 50

While the last post highlighted food as medicine, exercise can also be seen that way.  Read this post

Monday, August 25, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Gut reaction: how fibre protects against disease

If you caught the recent two-part series on ABC TV’s Catalyst program you’ll know about recent research on the importance of dietary fibre. The program showed that fibre contributes to far more than just keeping regular bowel habits.  Read this post

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson

Surprise stats on women drinkers

The group of women who most risk their health from drinking are young women who binge drink, right? Guess again.  Read this post

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | Rhonda Anderson