“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
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, November 18, 2013
Julie Suhr,Tevis Cup,Video Games Benefits
“One day in retrospect the
years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful." – Sigmund Freud
On November21, this
coming Thursday, Tony and I are delighted to announce that JulieSuhr plans on beingour guest on “It Has Nothing to Do with Age
or Gender.” Julie is a Tevis Cup legend. This icon has a 2000 mile buckle and
at this point , has more Tevis completions
than anyone except her daughter Barbara White. Not only that, Julie hasridden more than 27,000endurance trail miles, which is more than
once around the world. To find out more about her , I suggest that you watch
our show and/or read her book “ Ten Feet Tall, Still.”
For thoseof you that
are concerned about developing some form of dementia in your senior years, an
article found in the September 5, 2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal might
interest you. A study from the University of California, San Francisco
NeuroscienceImaging Center, suggested
that the older brain is somewhat plastic(brain’s ability to mold itself with
apparent interconnectivity of cognitive control functions). These researchers,
in their study, found that older adults improved on multitasking and sustained
attention by playing a specially designed video game. Not only that, they found
the effects to be long-lasting.
In the study, participants, age 60- 85 years practiced the
game for 12 hours during a month. In this video game , the participant navigated
a race car along a winding track also hitting a button on a controller whenever
a green circle appeared. Guess what? These older adults were able to perform better
on this game and at a higher level than untrained 20-year-olds ,improved memory and the positive
effects lasted for at least six months.
Generally, humans are increasingly affected by distractions
and have more trouble switching between tasks during the aging process. The
study suggests perhaps the decline of cognitive control isn’t fixed and that
the brain can improve with the right stimuli. The video game used in the study
is called The NeuroRacer. A start up company is working on developing a new
version of the video game in question. Currently, they need approval from the
Food and Drug Administration. They hope that this type of therapy can be
designed and targeted to rewire the brain, assist in treating brain disorders and
used in lieu of medication .
Time will tell about the merit of specially designed video
games. This of course would be an improvement over some of theviolent video games , that are associated
with developing and/or expressing aggression as well as negatively affecting
emotions. I am supportive of this type of positive research and keeping our
government open, so the FDA can do it’sjob.
Yesterday, Tony, Chris and I ran the Coffer Dam-Olmsted loop
while Linda rode nails. Tony’s getting ready for his 50 K run. He is doing fine.
For all, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing,
bonding, and loving.