Midlife tune-up, some interesting research, and other stuff

This New York Times feature on conducting a midlife tune-up has some great information about fitness at midlife, including some short, smart workout routines, nutrition recommendations, and a few recipes. It also includes a link to a modified version of the popular 7-Minute Workout routine (which I have used in hotels with no fitness center,... Continue Reading →

Gettin’ realer

Almost exactly two months ago I mentioned the goal I've set for myself this year. (Cripes, that was just two posts ago, too; "real life" has not been friendly to my blogging aspirations this winter.) And that I was working with a physical therapist in hopes that I might get myself running again. Not surprisingly,... Continue Reading →

Reset-again

I woke up extra tired yesterday, and skipped my morning exercise routine in favor of slouching at my computer desk, clutching a Diet Coke and reading about how a consistent workout routine can undo the effects of - well - decades of sitting at a computer desk. I also read about a 50-year old woman... Continue Reading →

A Supreme Workout

In the matter of Marmat Forte versus The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong... and You Can Too!, written by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, I've reached a verdict: RBG's notorious workout is legit. Supreme, you might say. Bryant Johnson, who "daylights" as a court clerk and 30-year Army reservist,... Continue Reading →

Reboot, reset

I dislike leaving this blog neglected for weeks at a time, but it has just been one of those months. One minute I was looking at the calendar thinking, “it’s almost October! My favorite month!” and the next, I’m looking at it thinking, “How can it be almost November?!” It was a month of meetings... Continue Reading →

“Train where you’re at” #thisis50plus

Words of wisdom from ultramarathoner/vegan endurance athlete Rich Roll (who turns 51 this month), quoted this week in Outside Magazine (online): As you age, you will get incrementally slower. That’s just the way it is. So, it’s not about measuring yourself against any other person or what you used to be. You’ve got to train... Continue Reading →

#thisis50plus / Lake Ontario edition

This month, 58-year old American open water swimmer Elizabeth Fry became the second-oldest person to swim across Lake Ontario, a distance of 32.1 miles. She completed the swim in an unofficial time of 15 hours, 46 minutes - fueled on energy gel and... cookies? Fry entered the water shortly after midnight and faced average water... Continue Reading →

Weight(less)-lifting in space

Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to earth from the International Space Station last week, having racked up a number of records, including the longest time in continuous orbit for a female astronaut (288 days), the most cumulative hours of spacewalking for a female astronaut (53 hours, 22 minutes), and the most cumulative time in space of... Continue Reading →

#thisis50forte

I know quite a few people right around me who are doing an admirable job of keeping up their fitness and even their competitiveness as they enter their 50s and beyond. Robert (Bob) Neeley, aka "Zombie" (Bob's work shifts are all over the clock - graveyard, early a.m., etc. - and so are his training... Continue Reading →

It’s never too late…

I.  "It's never too late to get fit" A study conducted at the University of Oslo found that men who began exercising in their 40s and 50s (as opposed to becoming more inactive, as is the norm) reduced their risk of stroke in later life by more than 50%. According to the researchers, stroke risk... Continue Reading →

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