UpGraded Fitness

96 Year Old Yoga Teacher

When I hear some of my contemporaries in their 60s and 70s complaining that they have gotten too old to be active, etc., etc., I always suggest that they spend some time with our Superstars.  Here’s the next one. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 96 year old active yoga teacher, who’s been teaching yoga for 56…

The Amazing Story of Cliff Young

This is truly the story of an UpGraded Senior Superstar – one named Cliff Young.  Cliff entered (and won) the Sydney to Melbourne run in Australia (544 miles) at age 61.  Oh, and he broke the record for the run in the process by almost two days. Not that it matters, but he ran without…

Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year…

World’s Oldest Active Gymnast

OK, UpGraders.  Here’s another one – 86 year old gymnast Johanna Quass, the world’s oldest active gymnast in 2012.  The videos say it all (even if in German!).  And, for some of you doubters, hop on the parallel bars and try to duplicate the routines.  I’m not a gymnast, but I have been on parallel…

Bodybuilding At Age 93

Dr. Charles Eugster

This is a very inspirational Ted Talk by Dr. Charles Eugster, age 93, who is billed as the “world’s fittest nonegenarian” and is the world’s oldest competitive oarsman and bodybuilder.  It’s well worth your time to watch and listen. To read more about Dr. Eugster, visit his website.

The Amazing Stephen Jepson

Need a little inspiration to get you started down the right path, and maybe even help you quit whining about being too old to start? Watch this video with the amazing Stephen Jepson:

Bowling a Perfect Game (the Hard Way)

Here’s another entry for the “UpGraded Senior Superstars.”  Mr. Dale Davis.  What makes Dale a senior superstar you ask? Well, in 2008 at age 78 Mr. Davis bowled a perfect 300 game.  For the non-bowlers, a perfect game means rolling 12 strikes (all pins knocked down with one ball) in a row in a single…

How To Stay Fit In Less Time

We seniors know the clock is running.  Anything we can do to “hack” the amount of time it takes to do something is valuable to us Upgrading Seniors.  Here’s a fitness hack for you. Studies show that 27 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) 3 times a week render the same aerobic and anaerobic improvement…

UpGraded Hike on Red Hill

The Upgrading Senior in Chief picked up a hiking buddy today.  His name is Buddy. We hiked up the Three Gulch Trail and the Blue Ribbon Trail on the Red Hill in Carbondale, Colorado. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is in vogue these days.  If you don’t know what it is, Google it, but it’s…

Hike Around the Peak

Good day, Upgrading Seniors.  I’m coming to you live this week from Colorado Springs, Colorado where I am doing a little hiking in the mountains. Today, I went for an 11.5 mile hike on the “Hike Around the Peak” (as in Pike’s Peak) trail.  Fantastic.  Most of the hiking was at around 10, 400 feet. …

Reading List: Blue Zones – How To Live Longer

Two books I have read recently are Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer by Dr. Jonny Bowden. Briefly, Blue Zones reports Buettner’s findings after studying the longest lived people on earth.  He condensed his findings down to nine factors that are common among these long-lived people.  “Blue Zones”…