Fitness

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…

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…

Don’t Exercise For Weight Loss!

Don't Exercise to Lose Weight

I’ve kinda known this for a long time, but it runs exactly opposite to the popular notion of why we exercise. We don’t exercise for weight loss, or at least we shouldn’t. If you’re one of those people spending hour after boring hour every week on a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical trainer or…

Disaster Averted: Running Lesson From a 4 Year Old

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Did you ever see an old guy trying to run in 15 year old running shoes with a sole that’s come unglued in the front flopping around? It’s a recipe for disaster (fall, broken hip, etc.) and that was me until yesterday when my new running shoes arrived. I’m trying to resurrect my ability to…

Can Your Kitchen Counter Make You Fat?

See Food Diet

I’m always careful not to place too much confidence in all the various “scientific” studies that are reported related to health. As you’ve probably noticed, the studies tend to contradict each other, and the “proven” facts change over time (eggs are good – eggs are bad, fat is good – fat is bad, cereal is…