Getting fit in middle age: a marathon addict, a couch potato and others share their pain

People who improve their lifestyles in middle age can expect a healthier retirement, according to a new government campaign. Five writers reveal their struggles and triumphs 
I can’t really pinpoint what started me off worrying about my health. One minute I seemed to be happily careering through life, Marlboro Menthol in one hand, gin and tonic in the other, treating anyone who took exercise with the total disdain they evidently deserved; the next thing I knew, I’d turned into a walking library of quiet neuroses about everything: how much I smoked, how much I drank, what I weighed. Especially what I weighed. I’d been incredibly skinny my whole life, then I hit my 40s and put on the best part of three stone. It wouldn’t have mattered had it been evenly distributed but it all went on my stomach. My arms and legs were still incredibly skinny. Increasingly, my youngest daughter’s drawings of me – pea-sized head balanced on enormous circular body, lines for limbs – looked less like a four year old trying to grapple with concepts of space and representation in the pre-schematic stage of development than a photorealist portrait.

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The 12 best everyday stretches to keep you flexible and fit

By Hollis Johnson

When it comes to stretching, there’s a wide world filled with all kinds of different moves: Yoga, Pilates, dance classes – and each one seems to have its own system.

But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect themselves from injuries?

We turned to Marilyn Moffatt, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and author of “Age Defying Fitness,” to go over some of the best basic stretches for everyone.

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It’s Time to Stop Believing These 5 Fitness Myths 

By: Jordyn Cormier
Trying to get fit? For a novice, the world of fitness can be hard to navigate. It’s challenge enough to get fit and healthy without being fed misinformation. Let’s make the world of fitness more clear cut and dispel these 5 big fitness myths…
Muscle weighs more than fat. 

Let’s be clear: a pound of muscle doesn’t weigh more than a pound of fat. A pound is always a pound. Muscle is simply denser than fat, with a pound of muscle taking up significantly less space than a pound of fat. 

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What is anabolic training and how can it benefit me?

This ideal physical state can make a big difference in how the body develops and growsBy LIZ CONNOR

Between your PT and various fitness blogs, the term ‘anabolic’ is thrown around a lot. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to enhance your natural anabolic state – anyone can achieve this with proper attention to diet and training.

But what does it actually mean and how can you build anabolic training into your routine this year?

What does anabolic mean?

Anabolic training refers to the building of muscle from protein and nutrients, as opposed to catabolic – which means to break down. 

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