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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, August 27, 2012

Do you have sufficient testosterone ?

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."– Anna Quindlen
 An article regarding testosterone appeared in Bottom Line, September 1, 2012. Apparently, about 40% of men age 45 and older have what is called a testosterone deficiency. Unfortunately, current  research suggests that low levels of testosterone may be associated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. These  conditions are obvious since symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, muscular weakness, poor endurance, irritability, poor concentration and poor memory.
If you don’t have energy , muscle strength, or endurance, just think of the kind of life you would be able to lead. You certainly wouldn’t have energy for exercise nor for having a zest for life. Being tired and weak would also obviously  lead to having a depressed mood as well. It is also clear that diet alone couldn’t solve the problem. It would be no wonder that  having this condition would increase the probability of a greater likelihood in weight gain. And we know what happens with all the many conditions associated with  excess weight .
If you are a woman , a testosterone deficiency can cause symptoms similar to the one in men such as fatigue, depression, weight gain, low libido and osteoporosis.
So if you’re having difficulty getting off the couch to begin your exercise in changing your lifestyle it might be wise  for testosterone testing. For those of you who like to do things on your own, testosterone might be boosted by the following : losing weight, managing stress, weight training, getting eight hours of sleep, eating healthy monounsaturated fats , limiting processed carbohydrates, and eating organic food.
Sunday, I did a 10-11  mile training trail run with Joan and today Linda Nails, Digger, and I are planning on for a going out  for a ride and trail run. Remember, keep moving.


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