Articles, Stories, and Tips on Health and Fitness for Life After 50

Articles, Stories, and Tips on Health and Fitness for Life After 50


Which is Better for Fat Loss – Cardio or Strength Training?

By Kevin English | September 22, 2021 |

What’s better for burning fat – cardio or strength training?  Everybody knows that cardio is the best way to lose weight and burn fat, right?  Not so fast.  Like many things in the exercise and nutrition universe, the answer is nuanced.  But the prevailing notion of reduce calories and increase cardiovascular activity has been around…

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An Old Man Doing Cardio

Which is Better for Fat Loss – Cardio or Strength Training?

What’s better for burning fat – cardio or strength training?  Everybody knows that cardio is the best way to lose weight and burn fat, right?  Not so fast.  Like many things in the exercise and nutrition universe, the answer is nuanced.  But the prevailing notion of reduce calories and increase cardiovascular activity has been around…
Diet Misconceptions

How To Feel Full While Dieting

Let’s face it, losing weight is hard. No one likes the feeling of constantly being hungry or being denied foods they truly love. But the fact remains, to lose weight we need to be in a calorie deficit – that is we need to eat fewer calories than we expend. But as anyone who has…

Reclaim Functional Movements

Your body is an amazing machine! It was designed to move in many different ways. Your body should be capable of walking, running, jumping, hinging, squatting, pushing, pulling, lunging, climbing, picking things up and putting them into overhead spaces, bending, twisting, balancing, swimming, and even pirouetting! You should be capable of short intense bursts of…
A Woman Trying to Avoid Sweet Food

Emotional Eating Tips

Normally this would be the perfect time of year to do a post about holiday eating tips… but these aren’t exactly normal times.  Due to the pandemic, many of us won’t be gathering with friends and relatives for drinks, dinners, cookie exchange parties, and general merriment.  Instead, I thought I’d share a few tips on…
Testosterone

How to Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels for Men Over 50

I more than doubled my testosterone levels naturally in my forties, utilizing lifestyle changes. But before we get into that, let me tell you a bit of my story. Through most of my thirties and into my early forties I was active, primarily with endurance training and events. During that time I completed six marathons,…
Quarantine 15

How to Lose the Dreaded Quarantine 15

Here we are in August 2020, and COVID-19 with its restrictions doesn’t appear to be leaving us any time soon. We’ve all had to adapt to some sort of new normal. Depending on where you live that could mean wearing a mask in public places, maintaining six feet of distance from others, and limited access…
Locally Grown Vegetables

Organic Versus Local

As a conscientious shopper, I try to purchase the best quality food possible. One way of doing this is to shop organic. For a food to be labelled organic, the producer must abide by a stringent set of government standards. In the United States the USDA qualifies produce as organic if no synthetic pesticides, chemical…

The “Secret” to Healthy Sustainable Weight Loss

There is an absurd amount of information swirling around the mystical science of weight loss. In the United States the weight loss market (online weight loss programs, consulting services, etc.) is valued at $72B, while the worldwide market comes in at a whopping $190B. In addition, the global weight loss supplement industry was estimated at…
Genetically Modified Organisms

Eating GMOs

A while back I was talking with a friend who works for one of the top four mega agri-business firms, and the topic of GMOs came up. Now this guy isn’t a scientist (he’s an architect), but he’s really bright and in general I respect his opinions. He gave me a primer on the origins…
A Man Pressing His Belly Fat

The Dangers of Skinny Fat

Somewhere in my forties I went from just plain skinny to being skinny fat. Up until that point in my life my workouts had been primarily long slow endurance cardio, and I had a crappy diet consisting primarily of carbs. And I drank… a lot. First a definition: skinny fat is the condition of being…

My Fitness Journey

I’ve always been active. I was raised on a cattle farm in south-western Pennsylvania, so early on had the blessing of being raised on grass-fed beef, our own chickens, vegetables fresh from the garden, milk and butter from the neighbor’s dairy cow, and even fruit form our own orchard. I was also active during this…
A Woman Sunbathing

Here Comes the Sun

Spring is in the air! For many of us the weather is starting to warm up, and we’re getting outside and into the beautiful warm sunshine. This is also the time of year when we start thinking about sun protection. You almost certainly have heard it said that our skin is our largest organ (it’s…

Milo and Progressive Overload

Milo of Croton was born in ancient Greece during the sixth century BC and was the most revered wrestler of his time. He was a five-time Olympic champion, and his feats of strength were legendary. But how did Milo get so strong, and what can we learn from this ancient strong man?  The story goes…

Fountain of Youth

According to the National Institute of Health men and women over 40 lose on average 3% of muscle strength every year.  Sarcopenia is a clinical term for age related muscle loss, and the main causes are multi-factorial, with the major contributors being a decrease in activity, poor nutrition, increased inflammation, and hormonal changes. In many…
Liver

Eat Your Liver!

Chopped liver anyone? For many of us 50 years and older, liver (and other organ meats) may have been a mealtime staple during our childhoods. If not for us, then certainly for our parents and grandparents. Several factors are involved with the decline in livers popularity, not the least of which is the demonization of…
Oatmeal

Upgrade Your Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my breakfast staples and is a great meal for endurance athletes or anyone looking to carb up before an intense workout. It’s nutritious and delicious… but skip the prepackaged instant crap! Today I’m sharing my favorite way to make oatmeal. It’s quick and easy and has one extra step – you’ll…

A Love Letter to CrossFit (and my Daughter)

I’ll admit it, I’m in love with CrossFit. I first heard of CrossFit approximately ten years ago, when my brother approached me about joining. At the time we were doing primarily endurance training, marathons and triathlons. The way he pitched it to me (he wasn’t a member, he’d just heard about it somewhere) sounded crazy,…