February 10, 2024 2 min read
1. Julia Hawkins is 108 today.
Hurricane Hawkins, a teacher from Louisiana, turns 108 today. She has been mentioned in Geezer Jock the last three years for running a timed 100 meters at 105, which is considered a world record.
Here is a You Tube from Growing Bolder on the 100-meter run in 62 seconds.
Here is a background story on Julia, which includes marrying her husband over the phone because he was stationed at Pearl Harbor when war broke out. Most of you understand why he couldn't leave.
Growing Bolder is doing a Facebook interview with her today at 10 a.m. ET. If I didn't get Geezer Jock to you in time, I'm sure it is archived.
2. Hey, don't be a bird brain. Walk and make your brain bigger.
Exercising for 25 minutes a week, or less than four minutes a day, could help to grow our brains and improve our ability to think as we grow older.
A study scanning the brains of more than 10,000 healthy men and women from ages 18 to 97, found that those who walked, swam, cycled or otherwise worked out moderately for 25 minutes a week had bigger brains than those who didn’t, whatever their ages.
Bigger brains typically mean healthier brains.
The differences were most pronounced in parts of the brain involved with thinking and memory, which often shrink as we age and that leads to risks for cognitive decline and dementia.
3. Calculating walking speed and your overall health
There's an association between your walking speed and your physical and mental aging. The researchers did not clarify whether getting more active later in life can slow or reverse physical and mental aging.
But...checking your walking speed are two ways to improve your overall health.
In a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the scientists used this calculation to measure walking speed:
People in a 2019 study averaged 4.2 to 6.2 feet per second (40-49 years old). People 60-69 are trying to hit 3.0 miles per hour on a treadmill (4 mph) is very good, but walking down the block should be at least 2.0 mph.
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