Healthy

Diabetics: Don’t Eat Another Sugar-Free Cookie Until You Read This!

Cookies

If you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, you’ve probably jumped on the “sugar-free” bandwagon, which includes those foods to appease your sweet tooth, like sugar-free cookies, cakes and other sugar-free pastries. Before you wolf down another package of those “harmless” treats, you’d better finish reading this post, but you’re not going to like what I have to…

The Best (and Cheapest) Detox for Seniors

Poison Detox

We humans are an arrogant bunch. For some odd reason we think we can improve God’s/Nature’s/Evolution’s (depending on your beliefs) designs, which have been under development and constant improvement for millions of years. One of the latest examples of our arrogance is the very trendy concept of a cleanse or detox. I just took a…

Why Diet Sodas Make Seniors Fat

Diet Soda

[Spoiler Alert: if you’re offended by the word “fat,” this article is not for you.] “Fat” is not a politically correct designation for my fellow humans, but why ignore the fact. There are a lot of fat people in the world and most of them desperately want to be thin. And, they would be happier…

Pros and Cons of Flu Shots for Seniors

Flu Shot

If you listen to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and pharmaceutical companies, any sensible person, and especially seniors, will get an annual flu shot. But, if an UpGraded Senior noses around a little and actually examines the facts (gasp!) as opposed to the propaganda, the case for flu shots is not nearly as convincing…

Work Out Your Body to Work Out Your Brain

Here’s a quick tidbit that I came across. I found it interesting and maybe you will too. Most seniors are concerned about the possibility of diminishing mental capacity, or even worse, developing Alzheimer’s. If you want to do what you can to protect yourself from mental decline as you age, strength training may be important.…

Betty Ashley 5K Gasparilla Competitor, Age 95

Well folks, the UpGraded Senior-in-Chief (Me) competed in the Gasparilla 5K Distance Classic yesterday in downtown Tampa, Florida. It’s a weekend long running event that features several different runs.  I chose the 5K, which is 3.1 miles long. I must admit that I was feeling pretty impressed with myself – a 69 year old guy…

Bridge a Life Superhero 5K Run

Well, on February 18, 2017 the Sarasota Bridge a Life Superhero 5K run was held for the benefit of foster children in the Sarasota area. Count me in!  How could I miss supporting the foster kids and having a great time in the Florida sunshine at the same time?  It’s what UpGraded Seniors do. Running…

Jack LaLanne, Age 95

Jack LaLanne

Most of you have heard of Jack LaLanne.  You might even say he was the original “UpGraded Senior.” Mr. LaLanne died at age 96 in 2011, so this is a posthumous induction of Mr. LaLanne into the UpGraded Senior Superstars. He is referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness” and for good reason. He was…

Go4Life

Go4Life

If you are a senior who is clueless about how to start an exercise program, take a look at the National Institute on Aging Go4Life Program.  It’ll get you going in the right direction. OK, we eliminated that excuse.  Why are you still here?  Go4Life.

Robert Marchand, Cycling Records at Age 105

Robert Marchand

These UpGraded Senior Superstars just keep raising the bar. Record keeping organizations are having to create new categories and age groups. That was the case when Robert Marchand, age 105, set the world 1 hour cycling record for the 105+ age group. Apparently, no one had ever attempted a record at that age before. For…