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The Sports Gene. Dopamine As Motivator. Stay Hydrated.

March 25, 2023 2 min read

The Sports Gene. Dopamine As Motivator. Stay Hydrated.

March 24, 2023

3 Items You Will Find Interesting 

 1.

Does determination run through our blood stream? 

Geezer Jock profiled Gloria Krug, 91, last week as she was ready to fly to Poland for the World Masters Athletics championships. She had no other secrets for her longevity besides staying active and staying away from sodas.

Her parents both lived to be over 100, which seems to explain a lot. But Gloria is also one determined woman.

 The book "The Sports Gene" provokes some arguments on the many different genetic pathways that lead to being a star in sports.

But I'm not so interested in what separates us from professional athletes, per se, like height, weight, speed. I'm more interested in Epstein's research that a trait like "desire" might be passed along by DNA. As we continue to exercise in our 60s, 70s, and 80s is DNA factoring in with our desire to stay healthy?

Is the fact your mom and dad were relentlessly competitive one of the reasons you are competing in the National Senior Games?

2.

Dopamine As A Motivator.

This is cool.

I've always thought of dopamine coming from that "runner's high", or another form of exertion. That thing that makes you feel like you're walking on clouds. A reward.

Here is a take on dopamine as a motivator, too.

I hadn't really thought of, or heard runners express it as "motivation." I always thought of dopamine as a buzz, not something you use to wipe out a to-do list.

"Dopamine is converted into noradrenaline and adrenaline. Why does that matter? Noradrenaline and adrenaline are the brain’s main source of energy—creating drive, focus and motivation," says the author."

Dopamine, in other words, helps us with a to-do list.

We can break everything down into "milestones" to get the to-do list done, as the author does, but perhaps early-in-the-day exercise is better for "eating through the tasks on our to-do list."

Maybe No. 1 on the to-do list is "Get a shot of dopamine."

3.

Stay Hydrated

Drink to your health. No, I mean it.

It was 80 degrees in Atlanta this week. The heat is coming for the rest of the country and so is the sweat.

The National Council on Aging has some advice as you do yard work, walk, run, bike: Drink Up.

The research shows older people lose track of their thirst easier than when we were younger. You don't know it sometimes, but you are getting dehydrated because we start with less water in our bodies as we age.

I would read this quick little story.

 


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