I admit it. I’m a health nut. I don’t know how anyone could sit on their butt all day the way we writers do and not be concerned about their health much less the size of their ‘butt.’
I’m a seven day a week exerciser and am seriously out of sorts if I miss a day at the gym where I do a minimum of seven miles on the elliptical and fifteen minutes on the rowing machine. I’ll admit, vanity is probably a bigger impetus for me than paying attention to my health but both spur me on. Even I know that the benefits of daily exercise are more than looking good or even feeling good. Which brings me to this terrific article in the New York Times that was catnip to this addicted exerciser:
“Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger”
The muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to an uplifting new study of a group of active septuagenarians.
The authors of the study confirm that “worryingly, statistics and simple observation suggest that many elderly people experience frailty, illness and dependence.” They add, “But science has not established whether and to what extent such physical decline is inevitable with age or if it is at least partially a byproduct of our modern lifestyles and perhaps amenable to change.”
“While there have been hints, that physical activity might alter how we age. Recent studies have found that older athletes have healthier muscles, brains, immune systems and hearts than people of the same age who are sedentary. But many of these studies have concentrated on competitive masters athletes, not people who exercise recreationally, and few have included many women.”
So for the new study, which was published in August in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., decided to look at a distinctive set of older men and women.
Exercise as a Hobby
“We were very interested in people who had started exercising during the running and exercise booms of the 1970s,” says Scott Trappe, the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State and the new study’s senior author. They took up exercise as a hobby.”
The fact that this is precisely when I began my focus on regular sustained exercise encouraged me to read further. Indeed like me, the participants in the study maintained that exercise regimen throughout the next 50 or so years, running, cycling, swimming or otherwise working out often, even if they rarely or never competed. And like me the men and the women are well into their 70’s (Ditto. Seventy-seven for me)
Using local advertisements and other recruitment methods, they found 28 of them, including seven women, each of whom had been physically active for the past five decades. They also recruited a second group of age-matched older people who had not exercised during adulthood and a third group of active young people in their 20s.
To test their premise the authors also recruited a second group of age-matched older people who had not exercised during adulthood and a third group of active young people in their 20s.
A Hierarchical Pattern
The researchers focused on the cardiovascular system and muscles because they are believed inevitably to decline with age and the scientists had expected they would see what Dr. Trappe describes as a “hierarchical pattern” in differences between the groups.
The young people, they thought, would possess the most robust muscles and aerobic capacities, with the lifelong exercisers being slightly weaker on both counts and the older non-exercisers punier still.
But that outcome is not precisely what they found. Instead, the muscles of the older exercisers resembled those of the young people, with as many capillaries and enzymes as theirs, and far more than in the muscles of the sedentary elderly.
“Together, these findings about muscular and cardiovascular health in active older people suggest that what we now consider to be normal physical deterioration with aging “may not be normal or inevitable,” Dr. Trappe added, “These people were so vigorous, I’m in my 50s and they certainly inspire me to stay active.”
P.S. If you found this article intimidating or downright annoying, take heart. There is always the inimitable Joan Rivers, who lived to be 81 years old and said: “I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”
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P.S. AFTER you’ve done your promised workout, reward yourself and curl up with a hot book. If you want a book sure to raise your heart rate, I recommend:
JARED: Book 1; The Justice Brothers Series.
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- On her first mission, Officer Hailey Michels confronts the leader of a dangerous Cartel.
- Her chance to become a hero evaporates when the powerful Cartel member turns out to an undercover agent.
- It was bad enough to blow his cover but when she discovers who he really is, Hailey’s budding career, along with her heart, takes a decided nose dive.
- The rookie cop learns the hard way that when tangling with the Justice Brothers, Justice—like Love– isn’t always fair or
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About the book:
He’s a hard as nails police chief. She’s a feisty ADA. The one thing they have in common is arrogance. Sparks flare when the challenging duo face off.
Police Chief Garrett Drake rules his dominion with an iron hand. Short tempered, irascible, and a fierce taskmaster, the chief doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He barely tolerates the cowering ADAs the DA sends him.
Zoe Tanaka is legal royalty. The talented Japanese-American ADA, happens to be the daughter of a former associate justice of the California Supreme Court. Outspoken, confident and beautiful, the diminutive force-field isn’t easily intimidated.
Garrett concedes he’s never run up against a woman like Zoe Tanaka. Hell, she was almost as arrogant as he was. She’d clearly been bred to think that she can rise to meet whatever challenges she faces. As she no doubt had—in the past.
Amped by the adrenaline of the near-death attack, Garrett surprises himself when he invites the sassy woman to his pad for a nightcap. The only person more surprised is Zoe who accepts his daring invitation.
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In the five years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.
Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.
My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?