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Five MORE ways to return to exercise

How’s your return to exercise going? I’m gradually resuming my prior activity level, although I’ll admit I’m aching more than I was before I stopped working out to go on vacation. Not sure why this is going on, but I’ll hope it has to do with using muscles I had ignored, and not with getting older! Today I’m adding to the tips in my last post with five more "do’s" and "don’ts" to consider when you return to exercise. 1. Do try something new Trying a new sport or activity can stimulate your … [Read More...]

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How to start exercising again

Why is it so hard to start exercising again? I took off two weeks in August, and resuming my fitness routine has made September tiring, as well as frustrating. It’s not that I work out super hard anyway. But this month I feel stiff and sore, fat and … [Read More...]

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Travel to developing countries?

My last post explored impressions from a recent family trip to Guatemala. I talked about confronting my experience of travel at midlife, as well as external factors that contributed to a sense I probably won’t return to this beautiful country. … [Read More...]

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Last vacation in Guatemala

We vacationed in Guatemala this year. It was my second trip to the country — our entire family had visited in 2005. While I enjoyed both trips a great deal, this time was likely my last visit to Guatemala. At least it was my last visit for the … [Read More...]

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US Open tennis fashion: the men

My last post highlighted a number of female players tennis fashion at the US Open. While men's tennis fashion is rarely as interesting as women's, this year shows some innovative patterns and, notably, more bright colors than we typically see in a … [Read More...]

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US Open tennis fashion: the women

Almost as much fun as watching the matches is checking out the US Open tennis fashion. This year continues a trend towards variety of colors -- not only in women's clothes, but also in their shoes. Here are some ladies tennis fashions I've noticed so … [Read More...]

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Back to school, back to anxiety

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s exciting to enter a new year at school, meet new friends, learn new things. But many back-to-school experiences are infused with anxiety -- both for students and their parents. Student anxiety Students of … [Read More...]

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Messy today, empty tomorrow

Today my house is messy and happy. We just returned from vacation, so there are suitcases everywhere, mounds of laundry, mail spilling off the entry table. Plus the packing activities of my youngest son, who leaves for his second year of college … [Read More...]