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Why do we need an Active Aging Week? Because 50 is not the new 40.

Have you ever heard the expression “As you are being mugged in an alley, you will regret not having learned self-defense.”

The ICAA sponsors a health event the last week of September Active Aging Week, September 21-27, 2014.  I have been trying to build enthusiasm to get some programming going for the Over-50 active person. You have no idea the apathy I’ve been met with, especially within the gym community. It seems the culture of age denial continues to be perpetuated even in fitness. It is also a huge marketing loss since adults over-50 spend roughly $300 billion on personal care, enrichment and entertainment.

Whether you believe 50 is the new 40, there are certain immutable truths concerning the performance of the human body as it ages. The physical peak for most humans, in most sports, is between 25 and 35 years of age; during this peak period, the well-conditioned athlete can create a confluence of muscular strength, peak cardiovascular and oxygen transport, speed and reaction time, and mental capabilities. Ignoring the needs of the aging increase the likelihood of fracture and injury. This results in loss of quality of life and reduction in lifespan. TRUE.

There is a new better paradigm. We have the research and the techniques to minimize performance decline and slow muscle degeneration through strength training. We can rid the stigma of “senior citizen” but for that to happen we have to get people’s attention.

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If you are interested in this please speak up at your health club,
- Ask your Gym GM what the club’s plans are for Active Aging Week and request a phone call with an explanation of what is being offered or not?
- Find out what programs your club offers SPECIFICALLY for men and women over-50 or demand some? Millennials are being targeted with INSANITY, Boot Camps and other HIIT programs. Where is yours?
- Hit LIKE, and share with others.

To do nothing is to risk continuing being under-served. Eventually, you too will over-50 and astonished that no infrastructure exists to support you.

Exercise Consciously.

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Here’s a NEW ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Much of the US and the world is either in a severe drought or has a shortage of clean water. If you do the challenge you must skip one shower that week. This challenge is also retroactive. Yes, if you’ve already done it, you must skip a shower.
So how charitable are you really? Charity begins, in this case, at home.

Here’s a NEW ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Much of the US and the world is either in a severe drought or has a shortage of clean water. If you do the challenge you must skip one shower that week. This challenge is also retroactive. Yes, if you’ve already done it, you must skip a shower.

So how charitable are you really? Charity begins, in this case, at home.

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How are you going to age?

The May Harvard Gazette featured an article on “Managing an Aging Populace.” I thought this was a salient point.

"The structure of our “life course,” with education occurring early, long years of work with little room for anything else in the middle, and retirement lumped at the end, is outdated. 

The broader question is how does an aging society meets its needs with fewer people in their productive years supporting more retirees?

The answer will rely on continued contributions from a healthier older population. That will require rethinking our life course to make the solution possible and palatable.”

In essence, we will all be working longer, retiring later, if we can retire at all. This will necessitate that we shift our views on healthcare, education, active aging and live more consciously. 

"The future will bring both worry and hope and planning is essential." Why not gently begin making the shift today?

Exercise Consciously.

Erwin

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I am so sore right now, I can’t pretend that it feels good and spin a story about how exercise is so awesome. I live a physical life. Not shy about it, but it comes at a cost. It is not always a Disney day. If you need that message, watch the video below.

The truth is every fit person is…

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The use of hand weights, in running and walking routines, alter the gait in a way that can predispose exercisers to injury. Perform your weight training separately unless sports-specific.

Exercise Consciously.

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"Self-awareness is about knowing yourself and being able to assess your own emotions. When you are able to understand why you respond a certain way to a situation, you are then able to manage it better and avoid the stress and discomfort that comes with it."

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We have about six more weeks of Summer left. Maximize your time. 

Did you know you can use a TRX to train for water sports? This video is edited into a music video format, here’s how I trained on the back of a houseboat. Bottom line: Don’t just do it. Learn your lessons well. Then you can do YOU anywhere. Anytime.

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Life is as hard as you make it.

Life is sometimes hard. However, life is, often, only as hard as you make it. If you are unprepared to ask for help, accommodation or assert your needs, you are certain not to receive assistance. There is zero valor in taking the hard road simply because you don’t want to face the music or humble yourself. It will only cost you time, money and tax your wellness. Conversation is the access to power and it is much more uncomfortable to avoid them. Think about it.

Exercise Consciously.