Other Aspects of Fitness -Meditation

This is a continuation of a post the other day about the “Four Pillars” of Healthy Aging, specifically about stress management. Sitting meditation is the most powerful method of stress relief I have found. Think of a time when you have spontaneously relaxed completely and gotten lost in the moment, your thoughts fading away as … Continue reading Other Aspects of Fitness -Meditation

Tips For Those That Need a Heart Valve Replacement

Heart valve replacement is even more intimidating than hip replacement. Again, the first step is to find a good surgeon you have confidence in. For the heart, I did not have a good word of mouth referral, but I had good luck with Adam Pick’s heart valve website. Just stick your zip code in his … Continue reading Tips For Those That Need a Heart Valve Replacement

Still Moving- A lot- Despite Osteoarthritis and a Hip Replacement

Yvette chronicles her journey in "Expedition out the backdoor". Among other things, she went on foot from Shropshire, England to Knoydart in Scotland ("sleeping rough" along the way) despite chronic osteoarthritis. Her ostoearthritis progressed to necrosis of the hip, and led to a total hip replacement. She and her family have since moved to an … Continue reading Still Moving- A lot- Despite Osteoarthritis and a Hip Replacement

Challenge Yourself (But Choose Your Challenge Wisely)

I got this idea from Clarence Bass, in his book Challenge Yourself. It can be much easier to motivate yourself to be physically active if there is some challenge you’re pointing towards. But we can tend to have a “bigger is better” mentality and choose tests like marathons, century rides, or climbing Mt. Whitney. These … Continue reading Challenge Yourself (But Choose Your Challenge Wisely)

Other Aspects of Fitness- The “Four Pillars” of Healthy Aging

In my opinion, there are four components or “pillars” of healthy aging. Staying active is one of them, healthy eating is the second, and the others are social support and stress management. There is a lot of emphasis on the first two on this site but I consider the others equally important. In this post … Continue reading Other Aspects of Fitness- The “Four Pillars” of Healthy Aging

Suggested Reading- Inspiration

These are books I've recently read and enjoyed about staying active despite aging and injuries, illnesses, or other setbacks. Watch this space! There'll be more suggested reading to come on this and other topics. The Anna Meares Story -When Courage Triumphs Over Disaster, Anna Meares. Inspiring description of Anna's comeback after she broke her neck … Continue reading Suggested Reading- Inspiration