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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, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day and the Potential Hazards of Running

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."– Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Yesterday, Tony and I participated in the Western States 100 training run. The last 3 mile climb from Rucky Chucky to White Oak Flat doesn’t seem to get easier. But, on the way, I met the new Western States aid station manager at mile 84 which is near my home. That’s a good thing.
Happy Memorial Day, unfortunately, too many who served in the military have been injured or have died. Some wars can be justified ,more specifically World War II ,while others like the Iraqi, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars  were questionable to say the least. Tony went to Vietnam and came back in one piece. However, he tells one story where he was covered in gasoline while gassing up a plane. Luckily, no one lit a match so he came out rare and not well done. On another story, he made some adjustments to this plane and the pilot made him accompany him on his mission. Thankfully, Tony’s adjustment worked for both him and the pilot.
Tony survived Vietnam, motocross racing, ride and tie, endurance riding with 10 Tevis Cup completions. And just the other day, he sent me an article that suggests endurance running might damage one’s health. Do you think that endurance running is going to contribute to his death?
On May 24, 2013, the Wall Street Journal had an article titled “The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger? According to the article, the once believed benefits of aerobic exercise are challenged. I must start with a stupid comment by running coach Mark Sullivan “there are guys who live to be 100 smoking cigarettes and eating cheeseburgers.” Where does this running coach get his data?
To be continued


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