In the course of finding and reading the results of scientific research into the hugely beneficial effects of exercise on being older, one thing has jumped out at us, the importance of maintaining good muscle mass and tone - something we have written about time and again! When one looks at ‘normal’ older people, much of the ‘decline due to age’ can be put down to muscle deterioration and loss, with the consequent weakness and frailty which is so debilitating. So one can appreciate the effect of muscles on health. But what about the effect of muscles on ... language?
How much exercise do you need? Presumably that depends on your intention for the exercise and your ambition for success. For some of the people we write about, such as triathletes, their sport is their exercise. That is to say that triathlon consists of three activities which, were you not a triathlete, might well be at least some of your training activities. Other sports, say skiing or tennis, require physical conditioning on top of time spent doing or practising the sport itself in order to perform it well and to reduce the potential for injury of one kind or another. If doing the sport itself does not provide the physical capability to perform it, physical training is a requirement.
The 20th of September 2019 saw the most widespread eruption of climate change demonstrations since the issue of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a high-carbon economy began to be recognised as a major problem. 5,000 demos all around the world, trying to express to governments the vital and urgent need to make immediate changes to the way energy is produced by reducing, or preferably cutting out entirely, reliance on fossil fuels and generally moving to a low-carbon economy. The need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases is not new, but the 2018 school strike of Greta Thunberg has finally lit the blue touch-paper of public outrage to the point where these demos are happening and public opinion cannot be ignored.
It’s said that we live in a Digital World. This article is being written using a digital system and, equally, you’re reading it on a digital system. The entirety of the Silver Grey Sports Club website exists because of the digital world. All of which is ironic, because the subject of this article is the fact that in all the most important respects we do in fact live in an Analogue World.
And the AW is largely overlooked. If people who look after their analogue selves rather than their digital selves were described as Luddites, as being out of touch with the modern world, what would be odd about that would be that nobody thinks about having an analogue self, an analogue identity. A digital identity is what you have. Who even thinks that an analogue identity is a thing? Which is odd, because analogue is at the bottom of everything.
The news really is spreading, muscle is making headlines. Well, bylines, anyway. The journalist Matt Rudd has for some time been the Sunday Times’ fitness and work-out correspondent and after a long spell of high intensity cardio and aerobic work has at last brought his training regime round to the subject of muscle. Too much of the cardio has left him with not enough of it and he has now been advised to remedy that. Hurrah, at last someone is writing sensibly about the importance to health of skeletal muscle. Rather pompously we refer to it by its correct anatomical name to avoid the macho/instagram/facebook connotations that talking about muscles in the plural gives rise to. SGSC tweeted him about it, and you can read that here.
Anyway, to continue ... interesting as that is and even though Rudd is in his early forties and is probably thinking about his future as an older adult he isn’t really in Silver Grey territory. But when one of the foremost surfing and surf forecasting websites, Magic Seaweed, publishes an article entitled How to Surf Forever then we’re much closer to home.