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Fit Facts: 8 ways to get fit and be social...

As you get older, it's vitally important to maintain a strong social network and a physically active lifestyle. By merging your social life with your fitness program, you'll get some exercise while hanging out with your favorite people. The bonus? You'll have a great time, strengthen your friendships, meet new people, and stay on track with your fitness goals. Here's how:

Go for a hike - Gather your friends and plan a day of fun and fitness at a local, state or national park. Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and your camera.

Team Sports- Recreational leagues are available for men and women of all ages and abilities. You'll get together for practices and games and may even travel to tournaments. Check with your local parks and recreation department or search for softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, or tennis leagues online.

Join or start a walking group - Whether it's a ladies-only, gents-only, or a mixed group, let the conversation flow as you rack up the steps and move toward better health. Walk around the neighborhood, at the mall, or at a park. Take turns leading the walk, and encourage each member to map out a different course for variety. If time allows, enjoy a hot or cool beverage together after you walk.

Put on your dancing shoes - even if you've never danced a step in your life, it's never too late to learn how. Learning how to swing, tango, rhumba, or do the Hustle is fun, energizing, and a great way to sneak in some exercise. Some communities offer dance clubs where members meet regularly to learn a new step and practice together.

Join a group fitness class - invite your friends to sign up for an exercise class together. There's an endless variety of formats to choose from: water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, step, cardio kickboxing, cycling, boot camp and more. You're sure to find something that makes you sweat and laugh.

Consider small-group personal training - Working with a certified personal trainer can help you break through fitness plateaus and reach new levels of health and fitness. Small-group training sessions are more fun and often less costly than one-on-one sessions. Look for a certified personal trainer who offers group sessions, and invite a friend or two to join you.

Enjoy seasonal activities - Make fitness a year-round habit by sharing fall, winter, spring and summer activities. Resolve to try new sports together and find some new favorites. From fishing and camping to snowshoeing and sailing, if you maintain an open mind and an adventurous spirit, you'll never run out of ideas for fun and fitness.

Get out of town - Take an active vacation together and enjoy walking tours, bike tours, kayaking, or golf. Go on a picture safari, explore the bell towers of medieval cathedrals, tour museums and historical sites, and have a ball.

There's nothing like a shared experience to bring friends closer together. And there's nothing like a workout partner to keep you on track. Joining your active lifestyle with your social life creates synergy that makes both even better.

We are so fortunate in our surrounding community to have resources to keep an active lifestyle for all ages. Visit the Independence Township Parks and Recreation website for local community activities.

Healthy eating....Here's a yummy, healthy recipe for those summer holiday brunches

Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict
Roasted artichoke bottoms stand in for English muffins in this quick yet elegant supper/breakfast. Substitute roasted mushrooms for the pancetta a vegetarian option. Serve with roasted new potatoes or a tossed salad.
(Nutrition profile: Diabetes appropriate, gluten free diet, health weight, low calorie, low carb).

Prep time: 30 min. Total time: 30 min Serves: 4

8 canned artichoke bottoms, (1 1/2 cans), rinsed
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, divided, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1/2 cup chopped pancetta
2 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon water
6 large eggs
4 large eggs whites
2 tablespoon reduced fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Toss artichoke bottoms with 2 teaspoons oil and 2 teaspoons oregano. Place them top-side down on half of a large baking sheet. Spread pancetta in an even layer on the other half. Roast until the artichokes are just beginning to brown and the pancetta is crispy, 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice and water in a small bowl until smooth. Beat eggs and egg whites in a large bowl.
  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggs and cook, folding and stirring frequently with a heatproof rubber spatula until almost set, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in cream cheese, the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano and salt.
  • To serve, divide the artichoke bottoms among 4 plates. Top each artichoke with equal portions scrambled egg, crispy pancetta and creamy lemon sauce. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.

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