I recently had an “aha!” moment. At the end of December, I took two weeks off from teaching my classes (eight a week), mostly to give my older-than-57 knees a little break. I was still working out, but not as much and not at the level I am used to.

Maybe lately you have been thinking back over 2015 and trying to figure out where it went. I’m not sure I can answer that, but I know it is almost gone, and now we have to look forward and try to do our very best to get healthy and make health and wellness a priority in 2016.

We all know that getting older is out of our control. There is not a darn thing we can do about the quickly passing days and weeks. But what we can do something about is how we live those days and what we do to make ourselves feel younger and be super functional into the future.

I find other women to be so inspiring when it comes to staying motivated to exercise or to try new things. Several years ago, I wrote an article about top fitness tips and advice from my fitness friends whom I exercise with daily. These people come to my classes and are great at supporting e…

A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society of 749 adults age 65 or older showed that those who consumed diet soda daily over a 10-year period had double the gains in waist circumference than those who did not.

Have you heard of the test that you can take at home called the SRT? The Sitting Rising Test was created by a Brazilian doctor who noticed that some of his patients could not even reach down and tie their shoes, much less sit on the floor and get back up.

One old home remedy, pouring hot water on the mound, is about 60 percent effective, but it can be dangerous to the applicator and will kill any surrounding vegetation. Additionally, about three gallons of water must be used in an attempt to reach the reproductive areas of the mound.

Our area is blessed with an abundance of outside. And by “outside,” I mean all the green space that is full of mountains, rocks, dirt, trees and creeks and has trails running through it. Within a short drive of downtown Anniston, there are routes beckoning to you to come eat their dirt.