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Category: Active aging

Suzanne Is Living Proof That Age Is Only A Number

“I still love to run even though I’m now in my late 70’s”.

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. It seems unusual, but I still love to run even though I’m now in my late 70s. I bike and do yoga and I truly believe it keeps me young. Many people are surprised when they find out how old I am but I know it has a lot to do with my commitment to health and fitness. As a mother of three, my children are also athletic and they support and encourage me. One of my daughters has run several marathons and is hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which my older brother ran in his 80’s!

Doylestown member Suzanne Nesi, Personal Trainer Tracey Kling and Suzanne’s daughter Anne Kathryn Bromm.

Setting goals, training and persevering are the keys to success.

This month, my daughter asked me to join her in the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon, and I accepted the challenge. But I knew I needed to be prepared, which is why I asked my Cornerstone Personal Trainer, Tracey Kling, to help me. Tracey was fantastic; she guided me through a training regimen that allowed me to compete in this race. I’m sorry to say that one day while running early in the morning, I misstepped and fell. Luckily, I caught myself, and the injury only affected my hand.  It was serious enough to require a splint and rehabilitation, but Tracey kept me on track and my training wasn’t interrupted.

Support makes a difference!

September 15 (the day of the half-marathon) dawned bright and beautiful but did get hot, and in all honesty, despite my preparation, it was a challenge. It was tempting to quit. But my daughter ran with me and Tracey came to Philadelphia to offer support and encouragement! I’m proud to say I finished first in my age category and I am so very grateful to Tracey for helping me achieve that feat!

Cornerstone has been a huge source of support and friendship and I am very happy to be a member!

Suzanne and her trainer, Tracey, hitting the road.

How Exercise Benefits Your Brain as You Age

Three senior women sitting on exercise balls holding small free weights. Exercise benefits you brain.

We all know that regular exercise has significant physical benefits including things like improved cardiovascular function, better balance, increased strength and weight loss.  But, did you know that you can also exercise your way to a better brain? Read on for all the ways exercise benefits your brain health – from preventing cognitive decline, improving memory and more. Continue reading How Exercise Benefits Your Brain as You Age

Better Balance for Life

BETTER BALANCE FOR LIFE

Remember when we were kids, when jumping, twirling, climbing were done with ease and were a natural part of every day living? So what happened between then and now?

One answer may be that our balance systems have become diminished as a natural consequence of aging. What are these systems (there are three of them) and how can we work to improve them for better balance for life?

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Tips for Staying Active While You Age

Exercise regularly will improve your quality of life.

Life is good. We have so much to live for – playing a game of tag with our grandkids and picking them up high overhead, adventure travel where those steep ancient steps can be handled with ease, a friendly game of pickleball that doesn’t leave you breathless. So why let age become a barrier? Despite our aching joints (or maybe because of them), adding a healthy dose of fitness can go a long way to improving the quality of our lives. Continue reading Tips for Staying Active While You Age

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