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Is Aging a Lifestyle Choice? #tbt

For Throwback Thursday and in honor of my partner Renald’s 60th birthday today, I’m re-posting an under-read and excellent piece that Sam wrote way back when we had hardly any followers: “Is Aging a Lifestyle Choice?” Enjoy! And happy birthday, Renald!

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

I’ve been reading, and really enjoying, Gretchen Reynolds’ book on exercise science, The First Twenty Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer.

Lots of it is fun but for those of us who follow exercise science in the media not really news.  I read Reynolds’ Phys Ed column in the New York Times and lots of the chapters cover in more detail, and with footnotes and references, material covered there. That’s fine. Nice to have it all in one place. High Intensity Interval Training beats out long, slow workouts. Yep. Chocolate milk is a better recovery drink than Gatorade. Yep. Exercise doesn’t help (much) in the quest to lose weight. Yep. Sad but true. OK, it gets worse. Massage after exercise–a cyclist’s favourite thing–doesn’t actually increase blood flow to muscles or help remove lactic acid to aid recovery. (Read about that sad result…

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2 thoughts on “Is Aging a Lifestyle Choice? #tbt

  1. Love this blog and this post in particular. As a senior myself (qualified for a nice discount on an Asbury Patk beach badge on my birthday on Saturday), and a personal trainer, I advocate for movement with all of my clients at every age, and it’s great that I can be an example of how the body is like cement. If we stop moving it hardens up. Thanks for providing inspiring material every day! Polli

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