ANDY BAXTER – BAXTER FITNESS SOLUTIONS – Andy has been a senior personal trainer, post rehab conditioning specialist and medical exercise specialist for 24 years. He holds certifications from the Health and Fitness Institute, the American Senior Fitness Association, the American Association of Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals, U.S. Rowing, Concept 2, and the American Sport Education Program. Andy currently owns and operates Baxter Fitness Solutions for Fifty and Beyond (Ashlandand Medford, OR). His other company, Beyond 50 Fitness, LLC produces senior specific fitness DVDs. Andy’s proprietary Ageless Fitness Systems has licensed satellite facilities in British Columbia, Oregon, California and Kentucky.

  • TAKING THE CONFUSION OUT OF SS SPOUSAL RULES RETIREMENT – ANDY LANDIS – Congress tweaked one rule for spousal benefits in in last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA 2015). Since then confusion reigns supreme. No, spousal payments didn’t end on April 30. Instead, an obscure claiming strategy will phase out in four years. You’re affected if you were born after Jan. 1, ... more
  • THE PAIN/FEAR AVOIDANCE MODEL LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER – So the patient says to the doctor, “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” Then the doctor replies “don’t do that.” You’ve heard that one before?  Well, funny or not, there is a flaw in that medical advice that is counter-intuitive to most.  Pain avoidance is not always the ... more
  • CAN I GET MY EX’S SOCIAL SECURITY? THINKING RETIREMENT – ANDY LANDIS – Divorced?  You might qualify for Social Security payments from your ex—and take a “Dualie Detour” to maximize your own payments. If you’re confused about Social Security rules for divorced individuals, you’re not alone.  Let’s clear up the muddle and discover some ways to work the rules to your advantage. I’m ... more
  • AGE VS. EXERCISE – THERE IS NO CONTEST LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER – As I write this there are eight people working out in the gym.  Three of those eight people are 93 years old or will be in the next month.  That’s 37.5 % of the present exercising population over ninety; awesome.  Exercise need not be hard, nor arduous, nor reviled, ... more
  • WELCOME TO SUMMER – SHOWING UP IS NO SMALL THING LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER – I recently spoke at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  Ostensibly the talk revolved around my book, Racing Yesterday, which chronicled my training for and competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials.  But what we were really talking about was the pervasive message of the value of SHOWING ... more
  • THE POWER, OF POWER LIFTING FOR SENIORS LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER – I was going to start off this blog by telling you of my latest research projects currently going on at High Point University’s health, science and human performance laboratory in North Carolina.  Then I thought I would tell you of a continuing medical education conference that I spoke at ... more
  • ON LEARNING TO FLY LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER-I feel immense pride and satisfaction in my clients’ successes and progressions; prevailing over their personal demons, blasting through their plateaus, physical and otherwise, breaking the chains of their seemingly unbreakable, often self-imposed restrictions. The real, whole truth is that there is enlightenment in the physical realm just as there is ... more
  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER–On December 6th a noteworthy sized snowstorm descended upon Ashland Oregon, leaving a half foot of white stuff on the ground.  Usually that is no big deal.  Maybe there is a snow day and the kids don’t have school, but all in all it is business as usual.  Not so this ... more
  • THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON EXCERCISE LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER– Food for thought – we know a lot more about the brain now than we did twenty years ago.  By the end of this blog you will know more about neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to morph in response  to stimuli, and neurogenesis – the regeneration of brain ... more
  • WE ARE ALL ATHLETES LIVING HEALTHY – ANDY BAXTER–Essentially, I train a seventy year old hip replacement patient the same way I train an elite athlete.  Sure, the loads and speeds are different, but it’s a given that that is a relative matter.  We are all athletes, just training for different activities. Rowing is an activity.  Getting off the ... more

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