“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, April 21, 2014
Too Late for the Boston Marathon
"To see what is in front
of one's nose needs a constant struggle." – George Orwell
I just read an
article found in the April 15, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal. This
article had to do with sore legs, aches and pains as a result of running
marathons. The article added that long-distance runners often experience these
problems in their quadriceps and calf muscles.
Reasons for sore
muscles and spasms are caused by nutritional and functional issues. And,
slowing down does not always resolve the issue. Eccentric contractions (lengthening
the muscle and then loading on it) can result in tearing the myofibrils (tiny
strands within the muscles) as well as damaging muscle cell membranes.
Some suggestions to
consider to resolve or minimize muscle soreness include strength training,
which might delay the muscle breakdown. One doctor suggested workouts that
involve quick explosive repetitions like squats, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, and
leg lifts, with comparatively little weight work.
Another idea is to
have the proper fuel, which means hydration and the replenishing of
electrolytes. For example, pickle juice has great amount of concentrated
sodium. Another drink, to consider would be cherry juice. The advantage of
ingesting pickle juice or cherry juice (if you can stomach it) is that these
drinks do not have side effects such as ulcer or kidney damage.
If you are
experiencing leg problems, consider the above suggestions. In any event,
consider moving, laughing, smiling, loving, bonding, appreciating in the