July 24, 2018 · 7:36 am
I wanted to share this fine rundown of finding the gold in the golden years. As a dog lover I am a follower of Paul Handover’s Learning from Dogs blog. Clearly, this post covers ground most germaine to Diet, Exercise and Living Past 100.
Learning from Dogs
Living well as we age.
TIME magazine published a double-issue in February of this year How To Live Longer Better!
The article, on Page 47, opens:
Old age demands to be taken very seriously – and it usually gets its way!
Then later on in that same article one reads:
Exactly how much – or how little – exercise it takes to begin paying dividends has been one of the happy surprises of longevity research. A 2016 study found that elderly people who exercised for just 15 minutes a day, at an intensity level of a brisk walk, had a 22% lower risk of early death compared to people who did not exercise.
Then two sentences later:
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada even found that breaking a sweat for just 60 seconds may be long enough to improve health and fitness (as long as it’s a tough workout).
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September 5, 2016 · 5:13 pm
It’s really thrilling to see stuff we write about here pop up in the popular press. Time has a cover story on exercise in its latest, 12 Sep 2016, issue. Please buy it! I guarantee you will learn valuable information on this important subject.
Mandy Oaklander does a bang up job and it is well worth the cover price if you are not already a Time subscriber.
Before quoting from it, I want to direct you to my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits).
I loved the following: “Eating alone will not keep a man well,” Hippocrates famously wrote. “He must also take exercise.”(my emphasis)
Following is the conclusion of the Time piece:
“Everyone knows exercise is healthy. Now scientists are understanding exactly why. Here are some of the amazing things that happen to a body in motion.
“Increased blood flow to the brain creates new blood vessels. Exercise also triggers the release of chemicals that dull pain and lighten mood.
“Exercise revs up blood flow to the skin, delivering nutrients to the epidermis and helping wounds heal faster.
“The body is better able to burn fat for energy instead of carbs, causing fat cells to shrink.
“Moving quickly makes the heart pump more blood to the body’s tissues, including the muscles. That extra oxygen helps muscles better withstand fatigue.
“Repeated weight-bearing contractions make muscles grow and put pressure on the bones, increasing their density.
“Exercise may protect telomeres, the tiny caps on the ends of chromosomes. This appears to slow the aging of cells.”
August 13, 2016 · 12:12 am
Deciding to eat intelligently is a step in the right direction when it comes to living a long healthy life. But it is only an early small step. You can get tripped up even with the best of intentions.
Eating right is not as easy as it sounds. Time magazine recently produced a page entitled 9 Foods that make you hungrier.
It seems that “’The sight, smell, or taste of some foods will trigger the cephalic food response,” according to Dr. Belinda Lennerz, an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
The bread basket is a prime culprit in restaurants because it triggers your body’s ‘give me more’ responses and spikes your blood sugar levels.
Eating a small amount of anything around meal time will probably goose your appetite rather than mellow it out. But some foods are worse than others. Continue reading →
October 17, 2014 · 9:10 am
There is so much in life I can’t control. But this is my life and I’ve decided to be happy. I can choose to be happy regardless of my other circumstances. It’s not “when I get a promotion, I’ll be happy…..” or “when I can speak in front of a small group of people, I’ll be happy…..” The focus should be on learning to be happy now. Tap into your inner peace and contentment in the way that works best for you.
To read further on being happy, check out: Harvard Study on a Happy Life, 12 Things Happy People Do Differently, Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain, Why Should I Be Happy? Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine.
Our Better Health
by Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D., Psychologist
We spend hours and hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful things in our lives. We worry about what could go wrong, instead of focusing and paying attention to the rational, the positive and the good. We should train ourselves to focus on thoughts that will move us forward in the right direction. Read one of these statements to yourself every day — and dwell on it. It’s about time we started paying attention to what is rational and right.
If you pay attention to the darkness, you will never find the light.
If you study and relive your past experiences, analyzing them, and “getting in touch with your feelings”, you will only reinforce those feelings. If you want to get away from a problem, you should not focus on it. Focus on what is rational, the positive, the beautiful, and the…
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November 5, 2011 · 2:33 pm
A recent issue of Time Magazine takes on the topic of Gym vs. Genes with fascinating results.
Published in the Health & Science Briefing section, the item states, “Our DNA play a major role in how we look, how we act and how long we live, but it doesn’t dictate our destiny.
“A study finds that people who inherited copies of FTO, the first gene to be linked to obesity, were able to counteract their predisposition to fatness by exercising.
“People with FTO were 30 percent less likely to pack on pounds if they were physically active than if they weren’t. Gym 1. Genes 0.”
I have to confess to a certain amount of satisfaction upon learning that. As our regular readers know exercise is the sine qua non here on the blog.
You can check out some previous posts by clicking on the exercise tab at the right or searching exercise.
Two of my personal favorites include Exercise, Aging and the Brain and Debunking Myths About Aging.
Last, but not least, controlling your weight is about taking responsibility for it and not hiding behind the ‘bad genes’ excuse.
Eat less; move more; live longer
January 14, 2011 · 4:20 am
I was cleaning up a pile of old magazines and ran across an issue of Time Magazine. It was the one on The Science of Living Longer. Naturally, I had to read some of it before disposing of it.
Most of us think of exercise in terms of losing weight, but it is also an important factor in living longer. There were a lot of fascinating facts on extending one’s longevity, but a two paragraph item by Dr. Oz struck me and I want to share it with you.
“Daily rigorous physical activity not only helps strengthen bones and the heart, but it also teaches balance, critical in preventing the falls that have become a leading cause of death as we age. For all the medical tests we have in our modern arsenal, the ability to exercise remains the single most powerful predictor of longevity. If you can’t walk a quarter-mile in 5 minutes, your chance of dying within three years is 30% greater than that of faster walkers. My emphasis.
“Humans are designed to be physically active throughout their lives, so don’t take it easy on yourself. Shoot for at least three 30 minute workouts weekly – and break a sweat. You should also add a half hour a week of weight lifting and another half hour of stretching. I complete a simple daily 7-minute morning routine that I recommend. You can find it at doctoroz.com.”
Mehmet Oz is the vice chairman and a professor of surgery at Columbia university, a best selling author and the hose of the nationally syndicated tv talk show- The Dr Oz Show.