Category Archives: lifting weights

Oh, for Pete’s Sake!

Didn’t I know  this was going to happen?

(You wouldn’t know unless you know me, but if you do, then you may not be surprised).   What’s the fuss?  It’s been three weeks since my last post!   Oh, for Pete’s Sake.  So on with it then — (and if you want the exciting news that has absorbed my attention, post a comment or send me a message on FB.)

Today it’s about ROI — Return on Investment!

One tip is about physical fitness, the other is more about fiscal fitness.  Fitness covers a heap of territory, doesn’t it?  So why not apply the idea of paring down to how we spend our time?  Check out Y’s Business Blog to get the skinny on accounting, as well as a new way to think about how spending time is not so different from spending calories.  It’s all about the ROI!

1.   Y’s Business Blog: http://ys-business.com/blog/

2.  Aging bodies and brains:

In one surprising trial, researchers randomly assigned 155 women  to three separate groups.  They then compared the effects of two kinds of exercise:

a. resistance training, done once or twice weekly, in which participants worked out with free weights and weight machines and did squats and lunges, versus

b. toning and balance exercises, which participants did twice a week, versus

c. no exercise.

By the end of the yearlong study, the women —  aged 65 – 75 — who weight-trained saw an improvement in their performance on tests of memory, learning, decision-making and conflict resolution. The women who did balance and toning may have had cute legs on which to balance, but their brains were no better off than with no training at all.

The muscle-strengthening exercise also helped the volunteers boost their walking speed, a commonly used indicator of overall health status in the elderly, as faster pace has been linked with lower mortality.

There it is – good news and bad news!  The good news? We can heft some weights and enjoy every part of our lives more.  The bad news?  I’m now considered “elderly.”

Got to run — I need to lift some weight so that I won’t forget to post here before I leave for my mom’s 90th birthday party!

*http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1956619,00.html?xid=rss-topstories#comments#ixzz0dmQnmPEO

The eyes have it!

I’ve been feeling pretty good about trying to be fit so I can enjoy children, parent, grandchildren and every day for as long as there are  children, parent, grandchildren and days to enjoy.  My knees have recovered from their indiscretions with the treadmill incline, partly because of cross-training (more about that below!).

So imagine how pleased I was when my husband (who hasn’t yet decided how I should refer to him in these pages.  He did suggest “Master of the Universe.”  I was thinking about “Ralph.”  We’re still negotiating) — when my husband (never “hubby”) had his eyes repaired.

Our ophthalmologist told us that we all grow cataracts after about 45, but husband-never-hubby’s a growth spurt last year, and he needed to have them removed.  It was miracle science:  for two Thursdays in a row he went to an out-patient surgery center where Doc operated for about  fifteen minutes, removing cataracts, exploding and vacuuming out old lenses and inserting new plastic lenses.

Saturday he delighted me by announcing in bed that he could see my every strand of hair.  Delighted?  Yes, and appalled.  If he saw every hair, what about every wrinkle?  I used to look so smooth without his glasses!

All in all I do have to say, “The eyes have it!”  But if you  know about cross-training for skin, just share it right away!!

For the nonce, I’ll pass on this from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:  I’m sure there’s a lot to it.I know there’s wisdom here.  My knees needed a day off, but I didn’t.  Solution:  I added stationary bike with a little weight  lifting (no lunges!) and some mat Pilates.  It felt mighty good, got to some of those places I’d forgotten about and kept me from being bored, too!

Here’s how:

  • Opt for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times weekly as one component of your cross-training. Examples include walking, climbing stairs or skating. [or biking hehe]
  • Perform strength training exercises twice weekly, although not on consecutive days. An example is lifting weights.
  • Focus on flexibility as the third component. Examples that can be performed for five to 10 minutes daily include stretching or yoga.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/publicsite/news/view.aspx?id=637892