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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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Trail Running ,Tapering , Improved Self Esteem, and Happiness

Tapering for your next run is important for you.  Yesterday, Secretariat, and I went about 13 to 14 miles on our trail run.  He told me that he has begun tapering for our Stinson beach half marathon trail run on the 28th of this month.  He thought that in previous runs he did not taper properly. In part, his idea of tapering is related to the fact that we ran three long runs last week, and that he has some muscle and knee discomfort.  As a result, yesterday’s run incorporated the idea of tapering.
For me, tapering begins 10 days prior to the event, which means it begins today. Translated this means that I will do a trail run of 13 to 14 miles.  Thursday’s through Sunday’s runs will be shorter on each successive day in terms of miles. My trail run Monday through Wednesday of next week will be about an hour each day.  I might do something easy, meaning slower on Thursday with the rest day on Friday.  I have been incorporating this idea for the last 10 years or so.  I welcome input on tapering.  Tell me your ideas.
An article titled “The Secrets of Tebow Hatred” appeared in the Wall Street Journal-Saturday/Sunday, January 14-15, 2012.  In this article the writer talk about the negative public backlash against Tim Tebow.  I was surprised-maybe I should not have been that there is a website for Tebow haters.  Can you believe that?  It is obviously very easy for someone to give their opinion and to transmit that widely and quickly.  Be careful what you hear and what you read.  Knowing your source might be helpful. Also, there was a radio station in Orlando, Florida, that used crude language referring to Tim’s well advertised virginity related to his saving himself for marriage. Bill Maher on HBO and a Saturday Night Live skit also got in the act, through comedy, having fun on Tim’s behalf.
 Michael Medved suggests that Tebow hatred is related to envy and jealousy of the American male.  He talked about Tim” being 24, single, supremely athletic, and enormously wealthy and adored by millions of young women”   compared to the rest of us- mortal, limited and imperfect. According to him, no wonder we are envious and jealous.
For some, the writer may have a point, as one third of the nation is obese, and many in financial hardship- the result is resentment.  Now days it seems there is much anger and division in this country. Much of this is related to the mental and physical health in this country.
In regards to the health problem in this country, it is clear there needs to be change.  It is apparent that nutrition and the physical activity levels are a problem. Each of us has to be a better model and encourage others.   When you improve your health by exercising it results in better mood, increased self-esteem, better brain functioning and improved overall quality of life. Believe me, the healthier we are both mentally and physically, the happier we will become.  The happier we are the less angry we are as I know from personal experience. 


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