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Study: At 50 You Can Be As Fit As A 20-Year-Old

50 years old and fit

(One message of this blog is that, with persistence, you can be healthy, vibrant and highly productive throughout your life. Here is still another scientific study that proves our point.)

According to Norwegian researchers, a 50-year-old who exercises regularly can be as fit as a 20-year-old who doesn’t exercise.

The study showed that:

  1. Youth is not necessarily the most important factor when it comes to being fit.
  2. Activity is far more important than age in determining fitness.
  3. Both the amount and the intensity of the exercise are important.
  4. These researchers found that by increasing the intensity of exercise, people are able to reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome, the cluster of risk factors that increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

  5. The least fit people, no matter what their age, have the poorest measures of cardiovascular health, such as higher blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The process of getting healthy and staying healthy is simple . . . but it’s not always easy. To receive the health benefits of exercise, you have to exercise with intensity.

One way to do this is through interval training where you alternate short bursts of high intensity exercise with short periods of lower intensity exercise.

For example, you might run for 1 to 4 minutes followed by 1 to 4 minutes of walking. Then, when you progress, you could alternate hard running with slower, easier running.

Your goal is to work up to 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Of course, especially if you are a couch potato now, you should consult with your physician before beginning an exercise program . . . and always use common sense. The first rule of exercise is: don’t hurt yourself.

If you are a complete newbie at exercise, or just want some instruction and encouragement, you would be wise to consult a qualified personal trainer.

Bowling One-Liners

Bowling One-Liners
Bowling One-Liners

I’m writing an article about bowling but I can’t fit these bowling one-liners into it.

I’ve got to get these out or I will burst, so here they are . . .

  • “Interest your kids in bowling. It’s a great way to get them off the streets and into the alleys.”
  • “One advantage of bowling over golf is that you very seldom lose the ball.”

  • “If our town didn’t have bowling, there would be no culture at all.”

  • “Something is wrong with my bowling delivery,” Tom said gutturally.

  • “I’ll never bowl with him again. After he got a strike, he spiked the ball.”

  • “I have a friend who was such a celebrity in his hometown that the local bowling alley named a gutter after him.”

  • “If you can’t hear a pin drop, there is something definitely wrong with your bowling.”

  • “I go bowling once every four years to make sure I still hate it.”

Thanks. I feel better.

Losing Weight Is Simple

Losing Weight Is Simple, But Not Easy
Losing Weight Is Simple, But Not Easy

The Weight Loss Problem

Everyone knows that, since about 1970, Americans have been getting fatter and fatter.

As of 2010, 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese (based on BMI, Body Mass Index).  If current trends continue, by 2020, 3 out of 4 Americans will be overweight or obese.  And by 2030, the figure will be 86%.

New studies are showing that obesity is not just an American problem.  While Americans are leading the way, many of the richest nations are also becoming more obese.

This chart shows past and projected future overweight rates.  The trends are both clear and alarming.

Overweight Trends
Overweight Trends

The Weight Loss Solution

OK, we’re getting fatter.  We all know that.  The important question is “What can we do about it?”

No doubt, there are big changes that have to be made to help combat these frightening trends.  We need legislative and policy changes that reward healthy habits and discourage unhealthy ones.  Generally, the health care system must focus more on preventing illness than simply treating it.

However, at the individual level – the level we can affect most directly and most quickly –  the solution is clear and simple.

When you take in more calories than you expend, you gain weight.  For every 3600 unburned calories you take in, you gain one pound.

To lose weight, you have to burn more calories by exercising regularly and take in fewer calories by eating better foods and smaller portions.  It’s that simple.

Suggestions For Getting Started

Yes, losing weight is simple.  It’s just not easy.  It requires lifestyle changes.

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of making those lifestyle changes.  Here are two tips that will make it easier:

1. Get started now.  Not next month.  Not when the kids go back to school.  Not after the big report is finished.  Not even tomorrow.  TAKE ACTION NOW.

2. Don’t expect perfection from yourself, just improvement. Understand that it took a while to gain the weight and it will take time to lose it.  If you have a bad day, forget it.  Do better the next day.  Be patient but persistent.  Don’t give up.

Who Else Wants To Trade A Couple Of Hours For A Lifelong Warm Glow?

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels

I’ve delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 15 years.  I deliver around lunchtime on Friday and it takes about 2 ½ hours from the time I leave my office until I return.

As you probably know, Meals on Wheels is a volunteer program that delivers warm, nutritious meals to the (mostly elderly) homebound.

I had an experience recently which reminded me why I volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Let me tell you about it . . .

I rang the doorbell at Ms. B’s townhouse.  Because I had been delivering to her for several months, I knew that she is virtually blind and that, therefore, it takes her a while to get to the door.

So I waited patiently.  (Since I’m not known for my patience, developing it is a bonus benefit of this volunteer work.)

When Ms. B didn’t come to the door, I rang the door bell again – and knocked loudly too.

Still no answer.

I have Ms. B’s phone number on an index card that I carry in my car when I’m delivering, so I called her.  No answer.

I had a dozen other people waiting for hot meals, so I had to move on.  And I couldn’t leave Ms. B’s meal unattended outside her house.  It looked like Ms. B wasn’t going to get her meal.

But I had a hunch she was home, so I decided to make one more try. My index card had the phone number of one of her neighbors.  Sitting in my car, I started to dial the neighbor’s number.

As I was dialing, Ms. B finally appeared at the door. I yelled to her and ran back to her house.  She invited me in.

In the months that I had been delivering to Ms. B, she had been polite when I was at her house, but virtually expressionless.  She wasn’t talkative and didn’t reveal much about herself.

This time was different.

She had a big, bright smile that’s now embedded in my memory.  She told me that she had not come to the door sooner because she was a little disoriented and had not been able to find her way to the front door.

When she finally did locate the front door, she was so proud of herself.

She thanked me profusely for not leaving and told me how glad she was that she didn’t have to go without lunch.

Her smile was all the thanks I needed.

5 Ways To Be Happier

A study by statistician Nic Marks and his organization, the New Economics Foundation, found that you can increase your happiness by doing these 5 things . . .

    1. Connect with your loved ones and build strong social relationships.

    2. Be physically active.

    3. Be aware of the world around you, locally and globally.

    4. Engage your curiosity and keep learning your whole life.

    5. Give. Donate money or time to others.

Actually, these findings were part of a presentation Marks made on the need for countries to increase the well-being and happiness of its citizens without doing environmental damage.

Marks’ statistics show that the countries of the world are becoming less efficient at using the earth’s resources. That is, the use of the earth’s resources is increasing much faster than is our well-being.

The goal of countries, says Marks, should be to increase the well-being and happiness of its citizens in an earth-friendly way.

Right now, one country is doing that better than the others.

Is it the United States? No. Great Britain? No. Another Western country? Nope. How about some super-rich Gulf State? No, again.

The country that is providing the most well-being and happiness with the least environmental cost is . . .

Costa Rica.

According to a recent Gallup poll, Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. And they achieved this distinction while using about 1/4 of the earth’s resources that the U.S. and other Western nations use.

Perhaps the key is that environmental friendliness is policy in Costa Rica which has a declared goal of being carbon neutral by 2021. Already, 99% of Costa Rica’s electricity comes from renewable sources.

Very interesting, don’t you think?

A Lifelong Love Affair With Sports

Sports
Sports

To live a Forever Young life, you need interests that excite you. Things that you are passionate about.

It can be anything that you’re really interested in. Art, music, history, quilting, backpacking, computer programming . . . whatever. (Of course, you can have more than one of these fascinations.)

Sports have always been one of my passions.

I have delighted in many different sports as a player, a coach and a fan.

Few activities, if any, have given me more hours of pleasure than sports.

To me, sports represent so many good things . . .

  • A commitment to health and fitness
  • Testing yourself through competition, learning to win with grace and lose with dignity
  • Striving for excellence
  • Developing Life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership

At the highest levels, athletes represent the physical perfection of our species. The best of the best. Who can’t appreciate that?

Following a lifelong habit, I still start every day by reading the sports page. All that has changed since my youth is that now I read the sports page online, on my iPad. (And, it’s not actually the sports page. It’s ESPN.)

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren once said:

“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures. “

I feel the same way.

And That’s A Quote!

And That's A Quote
And That's A Quote

I’ve always felt that a good way to keep learning is through quotations from the smartest and most articulate people in history.

Good quotes can amuse, enlighten and inspire.

Here’s one by George Burns that may do all three: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

Confucius. Aristotle. Plato. Emerson. Ben Franklin. George Bernard Shaw. Even Yogi Berra! We can learn from all of them.

I’ve collected quotes for years. Hundreds of them. Probably thousands. Quotes about life, love, success, change, moving on, happiness, family, friends . . . you name it.

If you’ll let me, I’m going to share my best quotes with you . . . provided, of course, that you agree to share your favorites with me.

I Can’t Wait For Tomorrow . . . ‘Cause I Get Better Every Day!

Personal Development
Personal Development
A foolproof way to juice yourself up is to always be in the process of becoming better. Better at something. Always.


In theory, if you can become 1% better every day, by the end of the year, you will be more than 3 times better than you were at the beginning of the year. Pretty encouraging, huh?

The world is full of things you can become better at. Better in your relationships. Better at your work. Better at earning money. Better at contributing to the world.

Sure, some of us have more room to improve than others. But everyone can improve. Doesn’t that thought inspire you?