Saturday, April 27, 2013

Compared to what?

When you decide to get back into shape by exercising remember not to compare your physical abilities
now with what it used to be way back when. I look back when I was 50 and compare it to my current age of 76 there is a vast difference in my speed, strength and endurance. I can still do everything I did then just at a different pace, slower and that's okay the important thing is to continue to stay fit, healthy and vital thru exercise.

I also ate considerable more 25 years ago never thinking about what I was eating. In the interim years I have become very conscience about how much and what I put into to my body. A less fatty diet with more fruits and vegetables included, some chicken and fish and on rare occasion meat. To my surprise over the years with daily exercise and a healthier diet I have gone from 170 lbs. to 150 lbs. I'm convinced that carrying less weight gives me more energy not only to exercise but to travel, work and play tennis.

Keep It Simple, Consistent and Fun.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Last and 16th in health!!!

Of the 17 industrialized nations in the world a recent study found that American men were last in longevity and women close behind at 16th and widening. Why is that?

As a country that spends by far the most on health care one would think we should be on top of the heap of
longevity and health but were not. As a healthy 76 year old male my feeling is we complicate the process of health to the point of discouraging people to even get started. We tell people to check with your doctor before starting as if there is some hidden danger in exercising, what is that about! Unless you have a serious heart condition or are very obese then all you have to do is just go out the door. Simple huh? Once out the door a brisk walk for a half  hour followed by some stretching and if your up to it some resistance exercises.

As you reach 50 years old eat less food with healthier choices, start doing moderate exercise and don't be concerned about the rigors of aging, the cost of  healthcare or the fear of some chronic disease.

It's not hard to do it's a very simple approach to staying healthy and vital as you age.

Keep it Simple, Consistent and Fun.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fountain of Youth....really!!!

I always thought the expression "Fountain of Youth" was a dream of Ponce de Leon, the Spanish  explorer, who in 1535 was looking to cure his aging!! We all know there's really no such fountain, so when a friend recommended I read a book with that title I was inclined to say no, but I agreed. As a 76 year old I know without a doubt there's no cure for aging. I also know that worrying about aging is a waste of time. The best thing to do is keep yourself as healthy and vital as possible as you age by developing good eating habits and plenty of exercise.

Back to the book which I read. It basically suggest 5 exercises that will help you stay fit and vital into eternity, yeah!!! There's a lot of silly information out there about how to live longer on vegan diet, or low caloric diet, etc., of which none of them have any research to back it up. How could they since these studies only began thirty years ago or so.

Again back to the book. Much to my surprise these so called 5 great exercises are really very good and can be done anywhere, the park, your living room and even when traveling. If your interested in the pictures go to the book 'Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth' written by Peter Kelder.

I'm not suggesting you'll live forever but if you do them on a regular basis it will in my opinion fill all your exercise needs for the day.

Keep it Simple, Consistent and Fun.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Less Quantity and More Quality

The quantity and quality of the foods we eat are so essential to a healthy life and becomes even more important as we pass the age of 50.

Why is that? Well my experience as an active 76 years old, by that I mean I travel a lot, exercise daily, play tennis and bike whenever and were ever I can, I've have found that I need considerable less food than when I was 35 years old. After I passed 50 I slowly began to eat more of a mediterranean diet consisting of less meat and process foods (potato chips, etc) and more fruits and vegetables. I love bread  especially baguettes covered with extra virgin olive oil with a touch of vinegar while eating sliced tomatoes, garbanzo beans, scallions again all drenched in olive oil.  Yes!!!

Now 25 pounds lighter than at 35 years old I eat very differently. I eat simple whole foods and drink only water and coffee in moderation. I avoid process foods whenever possible. There is nothing difficult about eating that kind of a diet which allows me to feel good and still have plenty of energy to do all the physical stuff I love to do.

Keep It Simple Consistent and Fun.

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