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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Going to Mexico, Exercise , and Eating

Linda and I just returned home after a seven day cruise in the Mexican Riviera.  The two ports of call included Cabo San Lucas and Porta Varata.  It has been sometime since I was on a cruise, and even longer in visiting those two places.  My, have these communities expanded.  It was hard to believe that they are the same places.
What I did remember from previous cruises is the amount of food available.  With that being said, of the 3600 passengers, a high proportion was overweight.  I cannot remember from earlier cruises if the same is true.  I was pleased that the exercise facility had different equipment. I made sure that I was a daily visitor. My exercise regime included little over an hour on the treadmill, and working on upper body and core with the various machines and free weights. I also made sure to walk the stairs when navigating the various levels of the ship. It was also good to see passengers of different age levels, body types, and levels of fitness working out.
Previously, I listed reasons to exercise found in the book “Stopping the Clock”. Additional reasons include: 1. Helps alleviate back pain 2.  Improves mental alertness and reaction time 3.  Improves physical appearance 4.  Improves self-esteem 5.  Decreases resting heart rate 6.  Helps in  relaxation  7.Helps prevent and relieve the stresses that cause carpal tunnel syndrome 8.  Helps relieve constipation 9.  Protects against “creeping obesity.”-slow weight gain that occurs with age.
According to the authors Goldman and Klatz, “people who are physically fit, eat a healthy, balanced diet, and take nutritional supplements, can measure out to be 10 to 20 years biologically younger than their chronological age.”   Do you know anyone who does not want to be biologically younger?  Being biologically younger, I think is a good thing. This does not mean that we are going to live forever, but it does mean that we will likely be free from mental and physical disease, and degeneration for years longer than an unhealthy individual.  Exercise is a necessary component in the equation. 
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."– Thomas A. Edison


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