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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, March 13, 2013

Are Your Birthday's Happy ?- Part 2

"Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best."– Marva Collins

By the same token, tell your friends that you don’t want to receive one of those supposedly humorous birthday cards depicting an attitude or message suggesting that you look old, act old, no longer seem like you are the life of the party or some other put down. If you do receive one of these negative birthday cards, laugh it off.
One  definition of attitude “it’s a disposition of opinion, interest or purpose, involving expectancy of a certain kind of experience, and readiness with an appropriate response-related to temperament and personality.” As you see by this definition it can partly define you. Make sure attitude defines you in a positive light.

Successful aging is related to one’s identity or simply who we are.  The world of work years often characterizes, and identifies or describes a person by the activities they do. As a result, a person’s identity is usually easily defined. One’s identity can be a wife, mother, banker, a baker or Indian Chief because that is what they do during the majority of their day .However, one’s sense of identity can be disturbed /distorted once the role stops or is discontinued because of retirement, illness or disability or some other circumstance. As a result it’s important, for an individual to establish a life’s purpose or maybe a different identity after the work career ends.  What is your perception of yourself or your identity?
 In 1997, my persona was Dr. Frank, a psychologist, with a private practice in the Bay Area.  That description described how I spent the majority of my day for about the previous 30 years or so. Luckily for me, at the time, I had horses, lived on a ranch and rode on the trail for my own mental health. I started out with trail and endurance riding but quickly discovered a sport called “ride and tie.” One thing led to another and pretty soon I added running to my riding at the young age of 57. For those of you that do not know, ride and tie consist of two individuals and a horse which makes up a team. Teams race each other in the mountains generally 25 to 35 miles with a major rule “that one person rides while the other runs. “The members of the team decide when to switch places from running to riding. The team must start out the race together and cross the finish line together.
To be continued
Yesterday, Alpha and I did an easy 5 mile trail run. Remember, keep moving.
P.S. We did lot’s of laughing about the weekend.


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