UpGraded Fitness

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…

Ed Whitlock – 85 Year Old Marathoner

An October, 2016 article in Runners’ World magazine caught the eye of your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief. It was a story about yet another remarkable senior.  The headline read like this: At 85, Ed Whitlock Breaks Four Hours in the Marathon. I have run marathons.  For those UpGrading Seniors who have never been runners, let me tell…

Legend of the Falls

This is an update of a previous post which I wrote in 2014 on the same topic and which richly deserves an UpGrade.You Can’t Handle the TruthRemember that famous line from the movie, A Few Good Men?Well, the truth when it comes to seniors and falling may be hard to handle too, but we as…

Ida Keeling – 100 Year Old Sprinter

Ida Keeling

Time for another installment of UpGraded Senior Superstars. Save Your Lame Excuses I live in a 55+ community and I can’t tell you how many times I hear some of us geezers excuse ourselves from exercising. In fact, some of those excuses may have come from someone very close to me (ahem). Oh sure, we…

Fauja Singh – 100 Year Old Marathoner

I’ve run a few marathons, so on this one, I speak with authority.  Marathons are hard – very hard, even when you are young. So here I sit thinking about getting back to running after a long layoff, and wondering if I’m too old to run any more.  I do have that hip that sometimes…