Exercises We Love: Side Lunge

The side lunge does double duty for your thighs, toning both the inner and outer regions. How it works: Stand with your feet together and hands on your hips. With your right leg, lunge as far as you can to the right, bending your right knee and pushing your hips back as far as you…

Exercises We Love: Star Jumps

I recently tried this crouching form of Star Jump for the first time and was impressed with the multiple muscle groups it involves and the great cardio training it offers. You can also do it anytime and almost anywhere (it involves jumping up and down.) How It Works: Start in a standing position with your…

Journal of my 49th Year: What To Do About My Skin

(I’m turning 50 at the end of this year. So for the next 12 months, I’m going to tackle different parts of what turning 50 means to me. Here’s entry number five. Find the series here.) I’ve accepted the fact that no matter what I do, whether it’s exercising, eating right or praying to the…

Dressing for Internal Climate Control

Lesson learned this week: Don’t sit near a restaurant’s wood-burning pizza oven if you are a woman of a certain age unless you have frostbite. I was having dinner with my good friend S. when we noticed the temperature rising. Luckily, we had both dressed in layers and started shedding them one at a time.…

Exercises We Love: Butterfly Stretch

The Butterfly Stretch is a great way to make sure your inner thighs and groin can safely accommodate all your moves when you hit the sack. How It Works: Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet pressed together and your knees spread out to the sides as far as you feel comfortable…

Beauty Quickie: Spring Sunscreen

Spring has sprung! And it’s time for us to go outside and start getting our Vitamin D naturally from the sun. Though the sun’s rays may not seem too strong this time of year, it’s still important to protect our skin from any harmful effects. There are so many wonderful sunscreens on the market these…

The Mysterious Disappearance of Menstruation

My period has mysteriously disappeared. After years of getting it every 28 days, it’s now 19 days late. And thanks to my husband’s successful vasectomy five years ago, I know that I’m not pregnant. I didn’t care when my period didn’t come that first week because I was traveling across the country. And having your…

Sex And Your Knees

My friend Larissa is just back from a Caribbean vacation with her boyfriend. They had a marvelous time, relaxing on the beach, swimming with dolphins, and playing to win on the resort’s lovely tennis courts. Then one night in bed, Larissa heard a pop in her knee. “And we weren’t even doing anything fancy,” she…

Cauliflower Rice Is Changing My Life

Since changing my diet to cut out processed carbs and sugars, I’ve been working my way around not having any pasta or rice. I’ve been spiralizing zucchini to take the place of the pasta but hadn’t found a substitute for rice. When I eat sushi, I’ve been eating sashimi or riceless rolls, which is fine.…

Exercises We Love: Balancing On One Leg

Great balance is a key way to stay healthy throughout your life. This easy exercise for improving balance can also help you strengthen your knees. How it works: Lift one leg toward your butt as far as you can reach and stand on the other for as long as you can, as steady as you…