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A Fabulous Essay On Aging. The Sampler. The Walker.

February 17, 2024 2 min read

A Fabulous Essay On Aging. The Sampler. The Walker.

February 17, 2024
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1. This is not sports. It's more important than that.

"Tamp down one’s crabby self. The luxury of shedding a rigid daily schedule should be solace enough. In a free country we each have written our own script for decades, and patience is a craft we ought to have mastered long ago."

This is from an essay on aging from 90-year old Edward Hoagland, a terrific writer. Read it, please, for pleasure, not for training tips. 

Hoagland wrote this:

"Old age is a slippery slope, but if you enjoyed sledding as a kid and improvising ever since, it shouldn’t be degrading." 

2. Al Gordon walked...and walked. He lived to be 107.

"Gordon regularly walked seven miles each way to and from work, as well as to and from airports for business trips. He reportedly never used a golf cart and always carried his own clubs. Gordon took up distance running in his 70s."

This is a short story from Valentine's Day remembering a man who walked, and then ran, and lived. Read time is two minutes. Find time to read and appreciate the people that live all around us.

3. Be A Sampler. Try Some Other Sports.

The yellow box would show up mostly around the holidays. It was a box of candy called The Sampler. For a big family, it had something for everyone.

And that reminds me of Sports. It has something for everyone.

Andrew Walker, the health and fitness guru of The National Senior Games, says we should all be samplers. The evidence is out there, for young and old, that exercising the same body parts can lead to over-use injuries.

Call it cross training, if you want to, but find a complementary sport.

Here, Andrew talks about the benefit and joy of, for instance, playing softball in the morning and ping pong in the afternoon.

 

 


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