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January 07, 2012



Love this post! What a solid way to think about our choices and the consequences. I have given up a lot of fun socializing because I need so much down time to read (it is a "must" with me, but the cost has been high as I do not see my friends as often (when the kids were little it was wonderful because our socializing was wrapped up in theirs) and the research is pretty clear that our personal connections are very important! I am fortunate that my family all live within blocks of each other so we socialize easily with them. Still it is not a perfect solution. I see why people end up in retirement communities because it becomes much simpler to just hang out with friends.

The Healthy Librarian

Thanks for thumbs up, Amy.

So jealous that your family lives so close to you. I have to make a conscious effort to stay in touch with the out-of-town gang--because it's easy to get busy (plus, they all have very busy lives)--and then before you know it, you become less connected in each other's lives. Don't want that to happen.

That retirement community thing always sounded like a return to college days--and that was about the easiest time for hanging out with friends.


With the busy life you lead, I am so grateful that you take the time to blog. The recipes and healthy living information you provide enhances so many lives that you simply make this world a better place. Thank you so much for sharing your time!


I loved this thought-provoking post. I'm in the middle of personal deliberations about time use (i.e. should I take that gym class that would make me work harder and be more sociable but would take two hours out of my day all together, or get on the treadmill at home and keep doing my sporadic weight program that is too easy to be lazy about but only takes 30-40 minutes....?) so it's very timely for me.

P.S. I'm also grateful that you take the time to blog. Please don't ever take up knitting (says the one with about a dozen works in progress....!)

wendy doran

please do not EVER feel your blogging and research is a waste of time! you have helped more people than you will ever know to be inspired to take control and responsibility for their own health! i am awalking advert for is continual hardwork to do this and my daily doses of info from your work keep me on track. the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages...i wish i could be as effective in inspiring others to do what is necessary but they all think it is too have a special gift..please keep on using it! When you retire from work you will be able to find a lot more hours in the day! Please hang in there till then!

The Healthy Librarian

Deb, Carol, & Wendy,

Thank you all for your encouragement and your kind compliments. It's so appreciated--you have no idea! Getting feedback from readers is what keeps be writing.

Carol: I've had the same deliberations about exercise: home or gym? For me, I just have to spend the 2 hours to go to a gym. It makes all the difference for me. The music, the camaraderie, the friendships, the always changing routines, & the way it pushes me far harder than I can push myself. It turns work into fun, at least for me. My one change over the years is to save time on days I'm not working by going to a local class that's only 5 minutes from home, instead of the one that's on the way to work, & 22 minutes away!


Your response is so encouraging, it's tipping me over the line into action. There's a community centre a 15min drive away that actually gears its programs to boomers, since there are so many living in the immediate vicinity. They have one hour cardio-strength-flexibility classes that cost only a $3 drop-in fee for anyone over 55, but sound like a moderate class, not sissy "seniors" stuff. So I guess I have no excuse not to give it a try! I'm planning to buy a 10-class ticket and reserve my evaluation till I've gone that many times. The only question is whether they will have a 911 situation on their hands because of me trying to get moving that early in the morning!

P.S. How is your at-home strength training program going?

The Healthy Librarian


Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Good memory about my at-home strength-training. I quickly realized that I prefer a "strength-training" class a lot more than doing it at home by myself.

1. I work harder in a class
2. I have a teacher who is talking about proper form as I lift--and I have some one to model. It's really hard to look at written instructions while you're trying to do a new move. No feedback.
3. Every class is different, so my muscles are continually challenged
4. There's music to distract me.
5. It's more fun & I see my friends.
6. I go 3 times a week & it has made a big difference.
7. All 3 classes uses complex moves--upper body at the same time as lower body, so it ends up being a cardio workout at the same time--heart rate up the same as in spinning.
8. Home workouts aren't for me.

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