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Old September 10th, 2012, 03:25 AM   #61 (permalink)
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There's no way to describe it.


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Old September 17th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I used to be VERY active but now "most", no EVERYDAY day, I just sit around and scratch my belly button.. Hopefully, that will change this year as I plan to goto the gym right after the market closes..

In the past, I was VERY active.. growing up, I was avid with BMX, skateboarding, basketball, football, tennis, most of which I was at a very competitive level.. When I got older, I was also an avid biker both road biking uphills and mountain biking thru trails.. I used to also run hills and lift wights relentlessly.. I'm also a decent surfer and can easily go down double diamond moguls on both skis and a snowboard.. I prefer the slalom snowboard over the free style popular today.. Then, after I had kids, EVERYTHING stopped with occasional spurts of basketball where I will stop right when I get my cardio back..


Something is better than nothing. My opinion is that even if you just do 10 minutes of brisk walking
of the equivalent 5 days a week (50 minutes/week total) then at least you are doing something. If you can
do that as your minimum, on a treadmill in your house or outside, then anything more than that is great.

I posted a low impact you tube video many months ago. I can re-post it again. I was serious about it,
though some might have thought it was supposed to be funny.

Anyway you/others can always take the basic idea and change it as might be needed.


You mentioned about exercising later in the day. Doing this too close to bedtime generally is bad, as it
will probably reduce the quality of your sleep. I suppose with some people there might be exceptions to that.

Also, even though this thread isn't about diet, making an effort to eat better 5 days a week is also important.


As Zondor mentioned, be sure you're getting your iodine. Kelp tablets are very cheap, or even iodized salt.
(Iodine is necessary for the thyroid gland. There is nothing that can substitute for it...not vitamin C, not
anything. Liver also contains iodine. But there is no way one can have liver three
times a month and expect to be covered. Kelp tablets are much easier.)

You didn't mention any health issues so that's good. If you are still having problems getting things off the
ground in this you can sure re-post on your efforts/results. Seriously.

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French centenarian cyclist aims for 100 km record


LYON, France (Reuters) - A French centenarian will try to ride his way into the record books on Friday by becoming the fastest cyclist of his age to cover 100 km (62 miles).

Robert Marchand, a former fireman and boxing enthusiast from Paris, has been training every day for months in hopes of crossing the finish line in less than five hours.

At nearly 101 years old, Marchand claims to have covered hundreds of thousands of kilometres on his bicycle during his lifetime and said he plans to cover the distance at a speed of 22.5 km/h.

"If I make it, I'll become the best in the world," said Marchand, who turns 101 in November. "I know that all over the world, in China, in the United States, in Russia, they're already looking for someone to beat my record."

Marchand lives alone, drives a car, makes his own meals and cleans his apartment with no help. The wiry centenarian says he never smoked, but otherwise indulged a healthy appetite for wine and women throughout his life.

His uncommon vitality has piqued the interest of scientists at the Inserm public research institute, who examine Marchand every three months to try to understand the secret to his longevity and well-being.

"They told me I had the constitution of a 55-year-old man, they think it's genetic," he said, laughing. "I have never deprived myself of anything: not wine, not food, not women, but always with moderation."

Asked if he planned to get any performance-enhancing help for his race, Marchand said: "The only doping for me is water with a spoonful of honey that I put in my canteen - and that's it."

"If I was doping, though, maybe I could hit 35 km/h."

French centenarian cyclist aims for 100 km record | Reuters.com

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Old October 2nd, 2012, 04:45 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Mission Accomplished

The hundred year old guy rode 100 km at an average speed of over 14 mph. Can YOU do that? Probably not.


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LYON, France (AFP) — At 100 years old, Robert Marchand on Friday established a centenarian record for the fastest 100 kilometers by bicycle. He set the record of 4:17:27, with an average speed of slightly more than 23 kph (14.3 mph), in Lyon, France.

Marchand had already established another record earlier this year in Switzerland when he completed 24.251 kilometers in an hour.


Robert Marchand sets new 100-kilometer speed record

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBjGOgWuHKc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=qSCQoXuc704&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU7D2B39WwQ&feature=fvwrel

In those videos he looks better than most of the diabese, sheeplike, 50 year olds here in Portland OR....


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Any avid mountain bikers here? I find mountain biking to be one of the best workouts for cardio provided you're pushing it. I also sprint up hills but the biking on hills and rough terrain seems to be a lot better on the body (without crashing of course).

Also, anyone mountain biking in more desert like areas seeing a lot of snakes lately? Or worse run any over? It's obviously snake season and the thought of running into one of these guys is pretty scary! Especially the Rattlers... I've seen their trails across the dusty fire roads and there's some BIG ones out there!


I bike up the highest "mountain" peak in San Diego a couple of times a week, up a dirt access road, and jog/run up the steeper legs while recovering on the flatter sections about 3 days. The rattler season here is in the spring and I see about 3-5 snakes a year at that time. Once, while cruising along a narrow path, I rounded a corner to see a huge rattler lying totally across the path, edge to edge! I had zero time to stop and my momentum was carrying me in a trajectory past it's head, there was no other choice. I skirted the edge of the trail and just missed it's head and as I was passing it, it coiled up in it's defensive strike position! Harrowing. I'll also admit, that for the first time in my life, I let out an instinctive scream. The good news... it was a total man scream and not the girly kind! Phew.

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no point striving for mediocrity

Why NOT aim for an optimum level of physical fitness that will support an optimal level of mental including intuitive functioning? Optimal, not what your science-ignorant, drug enthusiast, suffering-from-metabolic-syndrome, doctor would say is average" or "acceptable".

It's not necessary to do anything heroic. Start by getting your health metrics to the best possible levels: blood sugar, blood pressure, body fat percentage (look up waist to hip ratio), etc.

Daily intermittent fasting, Ori Hofmeiker Warrior diet idea is pretty easy to follow. You don't need to buy his book. There is a good explanation on the Mercola website. It is working for me.

I am a little hungry first thing in the morning but a large cup of coffee takes care of that, with the caffeine helping to get the fat burning going. If I am going to ride my bike for more than a few minutes, a few slices of bread will top up the muscle glycogen needed to go fast.

No amount of exercise can make up for bad nutrition. I had been kidding myself. My waist to hip ratio made it very obvious that I was too fat. I am getting close to what I weighed in my late 20's. When waist size goes <32", that will probably be about right.

The waist to hip ratio is a very revealing and objective way to evaluate your health status. "Average" is not normal and is not good enough for me. It shouldn't be for you, either.

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Don't wait until it's too late - You'd better be getting ready

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He lost 50 pounds.

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But if you want to know why I got off my ass, changed my diet, lost 50lbs, went from "running" 12s to actually running honest 8s, can (and do) bike 15 miles for lunch in an hour and a half (including time to eat) and have made the lifestyle changes required for this to be a sustainable and enjoyable way of life, it's precisely because I am hedging not only my own personal enjoyment of my remaining time on this earth but the fact that I fully expect our government to do exactly the wrong thing, and I recognize that the only defense I have against it given the fact that nearly all of the people refuse to raise hell about the underlying issue is to opt out to the greatest extent possible.

If I can do it you can do it.

So get off your ass and do it.

Start today, not tomorrow.

Don't do it to brag, don't do it to show off.

Do it to hedge against nearly-certain government stupidity, do it because you want to enjoy your life, do it because you don't want to be addicted to the insane pill machine of so-called "modern medicine", do it because you'd like a 20-year old's libido even if you're 50 and do it because you want to wake up and face every morning with a bit of an ache in your muscles from yesterday's workout -- and an overriding urge to get off your ass and go use them, not because you must, but because it's fun.


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If I had some extra time (lol!!!!) I would look to start my own juice bar locally, or buy into a franchise. I think that the young adults today are finally serious about turning health into a #1 priority, and we'll start to see some dramatic improvements in how people view their health in the coming years.

I know I'd much rather drive through and get a fresh juice instead of making it myself! Takes so long!

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Why NOT aim for an optimum level of physical fitness that will support an optimal level of mental including intuitive functioning? Optimal, not what your science-ignorant, drug enthusiast, suffering-from-metabolic-syndrome, doctor would say is average" or "acceptable".


Ideally one should aim for "optimum level of physical fitness" but not everyone can psychologically
maintain that. Currently my aerobic fitness exercise is being taken care of by mowing the lawn. At least
that's something.

As for " At 100 years old, Robert Marchand on Friday established a centenarian record " I personally
believe that this is genetics.


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I am a little hungry first thing in the morning but a large cup of coffee takes care of that, with the caffeine helping to get the fat burning going. If I am going to ride my bike for more than a few minutes, a few slices of bread will top up the muscle glycogen needed to go fast.

I'm drinking more coffee lately. Have you ever checked out coffee? I don't trust ANY studies done
by the coffee lobby. They pay for them, but they only release the ones they like.

I just found this:

Excerpt:

Conclusions: Chlorogenic acid, a compound in coffee, and black tea raise total homocysteine concentrations in plasma. Chlorogenic acid could be partly responsible for the higher homocysteine concentrations observed in coffee drinkers. Whether these effects on homocysteine influence cardiovascular disease risk remains to be established.

Consumption of high doses of chlorogenic acid... [Am J Clin Nutr. 2001] - PubMed - NCBI

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Conclusions: Chlorogenic acid, a compound in coffee, and black tea raise total homocysteine concentrations in plasma.

A good reason not to overdo the coffee. For me a couple of servings is the max for the day.

Here is an entertaining video about how muscles work. Learn about the sliding filament model of muscle contraction!




Here is where the energy comes from.. these videos are a hoot!



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