Updated December 28, 2012
A pedometer is one of the easiest ways to track your daily activity level. The simplest models have a step counter that can monitor the number of steps you take each day, and help you see whether you're approaching, or exceeding, the magic number of 10,000 steps daily, to be considered "active". A pedometer can make a great stocking stuffer.
If you know someone who loves sweets but is trying to manage their weight and stick with an anti-aging diet, why not bring a little summer into their kitchen this winter with the Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker by Dole? Bananas are a great source of potassium, and this simple device will create completely natural frozen desserts that are fat-free, using bananas as the base in lieu of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sherbet -- most of which come with added sugar. All they have to do is cut up some ripe bananas, freeze them, pull them out of the freezer to thaw for ten minutes or so before putting them through the machine, add other frozen fruit like raspberries or blueberries, and voila! A tasty and healthy way to eat more real fruit. Just take care to thaw the bananas a bit first (or microwave them for a few seconds), to make sure the machine can process them properly.
In this book former Olympian and running guru Jeff Galloway offers great advice for the older runner, whether beginner or advanced, on how to keep running and stay injury-free. Drawing on evidence that runners live longer, Galloway includes a structured run-walk program to get started, advice on nutrition, principles of ideal running form, as well as information about running to lose weight. Targeted to runners in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, he describes the importance of having at least a 48-hour period for recovery between runs, to avoid injury and stay strong. A great concise and encouraging guide for the aging runner.
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