Older Women

1 KEEP UP WITH CARDIO

Heart disease is still the No. 1 cause of death for American women, and maintaining heart health is a must. No, you don’t have to run in the next marathon. Keep it simple with daily walks, taking the stairs or daily dancing.

2 EAT SMART

Women 50 and older should really make an effort to eat healthy by sticking with the basics, like calcium-rich foods, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and lean proteins, and avoiding processed foods.

3 STOP CRASH DIETING

Now that you’re 50 or older, the crazy crash diets you tried in your youth probably don’t work the way they once did. Over the years, those crazy diets wrecked your metabolism, and worse, you’ve probably lost a lot of muscle as well.

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