Uncharted Waters.

Wow! The world has just turned upside down! Almost no-one who will be reading this will ever have experienced anything remotely like this. Our website promotes health in later life through strength and fitness. The people we have met and interviewed over the years are already living a life that goes against conventional wisdom about being older - so they are thinking outside the box in the first place. We know therefore that all SGSC athletes will take on this challenge as imaginatively as they approach life in general.

We ourselves are sticking to a daily routine which involves running outside and doing strength work in the house. We are also making sure we do plenty of stretching to keep ourselves as supple as possible. It seems to us that regularity is the key.  

We realise more than ever how lucky we usually are to have so much freedom to live, train and do the sports that we love. In the future when all this is over, on days when we don’t want to push ourselves so hard we will be aware of how fortunate we are to have that choice.

Maybe the lock-down will even bring new people to experience the benefits of exercise and hopefully they will continue the habit once this crisis is passed.
 
Stay strong, stay healthy. Life’s a Game - Keep Playing!

How Much is Too Much?

There has been some reporting recently on a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) which claims that too much "jogging" is as bad as none at all. The Copenhagen City Heart Study claims that the best health results in terms of reduced all-cause mortality were experienced by joggers who ran for between 1 hour and 2.4 hours per week. According to this study, those who ran more often and more strenuously had as high risk of all-cause mortality as those who did no exercise at all.

Looked at like that this is of great comfort to those who belong in that group.

Fitness and Dementia

 

A few months ago we put out an article about the work of Neuro-scientist Dr Michael Merzenich. His work proposes the idea that "brain plasticity" - the brain function whereby neural pathways are constantly created in response to learning - continues throughout life, thereby proposing a person's lifelong ability to influence one's own brain development by continuing positively to embrace learning. There followed a similar piece, "Exercise and the Brain - it just gets better".

 

Now, another piece of research into the brain and ageing, of particular relevance to SGSC,

Dr Charles Eugster goes for the Record

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Setting sprint records - the new challenge for Dr Charles Eugster in his nineties

 Late last year we were lucky enough to have the chance to interview Dr Charles Eugster, the world's fittest nonagenarian, and his physical trainer and coach Sylvia Gattiker at his hotel during a flying visit to London.

Oldest Professional Athletes 2 - Hiroshi Hoketsu

 

Doesn't time fly.

 

They say it goes more quickly as you get older (NB make sure you get the most out of everyday, then!). It only seems like a few days since the Olympics were taking place in London but it was in fact six months ago that the opening ceremony happened. And a few months before that was the last an article appeared in our series "Oldest professional athletes". Time for another....

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