“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, December 9, 2013
Using Your Brain
"If we wait for the moment
when everything is ready, we shall never begin." – Ivan Turgenev
Some people may assume that experimenting with drugs and/or
alcohol are related to poor impulse control. Certainly, saying no, thank you
for trying a drug or drinking a beer is related to successful personal self
control. On the other hand, drinking a beer, or taking adrug seems to suggest failure to inhibit that
behavior. Researchers, in a study involving 1,896, 14-year-olds found that the
brain networks appear to be different in self-control problems related to
substance abuse teens, comparedto those
brains associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). Although
both groups have difficulty with impulsiveness( a similar behavior),there’s likely different brain regions
contributing to that behavior.
The findings were published In Nature Neuroscience and are
as follows: using a research protocol called the “stop-signal task,” the
researchers identifieddifferent neural
networks. Even though both groups exhibited impulse control difficulties, the
differences were as follows. 1. Those teenagers with a history of alcohol,
cigarettes and illegal drug use had diminished activity in the brain region
called the orbital frontal cortex. 2. Theseresearchers found an entirely separate set of impulse control networks
in the brain connected with the symptoms of ADHD.3. The researchers concluded that ADHD and
substance abuse teens, althoughboth
groups exhibit similar impulse control behavior, are linked to different neural
activity in their brains.
At this point we don’t know why these teens are wired
differently. However, likely at some point, much of our story, will likely be
associated with all that neuron activity in the prefrontal cortex, limbic
system, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, cerebral cortex another brain structures.
Understanding the differences orcauses
of behavior are important. But, the main taskor the ability to control the self-defeating behavior still remains. First,
acknowledge there is a problem, and second, dos something about it. This
article was found in the May 1, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
A cold front appeared along with rain and snow. Being in the
foothills, there is still snow in and around my neighborhood. Because of the
icy weather conditions, I changed my work out plan. Originally, a group of us
were going to run the trails at the Cronin ranch on Sunday. Fortunately, I have
an elliptical machine in my home. So for my work out, I did a short hike and
spent some time on the elliptical totaling over 13 ½ miles. I must admit that
it seemed easy. Until the snow melts, I’m likely to hike the trail and get on
my elliptical , while watching a movie.
In the meantime, I recommend that everyone keep moving,
laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and loving.