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I finally reached the time of life when I thought I would have time to do all the things I put off when I had to work every day. But now I don’t feel like doing them. Any advice?

October 24, 2012 in ASK A QUESTION

Aging issues often catch us by surprise. Consider these questions:


I finally reached the time of life when I thought I would have time to do all the things I put off when I had to work every day. But now I don't feel like doing them. Any advice?


What do you do when your spirit is willing, but your body just can't keep up?


I recently read a book I wrote twelve years ago about a long distance bike trip I took from Florida to Massachusetts. Imagine my chagrin when I read these words: I've been a minister for years. Know what I'm looking forward to? Retirement! When I'm retired, I'll have time to take long bike trips.


Well, more than a decade has gone by and my long bike rides are few and far between. Where I used to be able to regularly knock off eighty miles a day, thirty miles now finds me searching for the nearest motel. For a guy who used to call himself an athlete, I was completely caught off guard when I stopped running for a hour or so every day and started writing books. In a very short time I was out of shape. As the years went by it got harder and harder to do the physical things I used to take for granted. And then, when I did feel motivated enough to get out on the road, I somehow got the idea that if I couldn't run at least a few miles, it wouldn't be worth it for me to run at all.


Here's the bad news. As you age it's terribly easy to begin a downward spiral. If you skip exercising for even a week or so, your body loses the energy it needs to get you out the door. Then, because age is inevitable, it takes a lot longer to physically get back to where you were. After a while you say, "What's the use? I'll never feel that way again." Then the brain seems to shut down and the excuses begin. The more you sit, the less you want to move. And since you're sitting on the coach anyway, you start looking for the snacks. And who wants to cook when you're alone or there are just two of you? So you go the fast food route. The whole thing is as much mental as it is physical. Maybe even more so. How do you fight it?


At this point, please listen to what I say, not what I always do. I fight the same problem. Here's my advice, though. Try to handle the loss of youthful energy the same way you handle the death of a loved one. Here's how it works.


Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was a pioneer when it came to popularizing what are called now the five stages of death and dying. When your doctor first mentions cancer, for instance, these stages kick in. She identified them as Denial ('Oh no!It can't be!'), Anger ('I don't deserve this!'), Bargaining ('Get me through this and I'll never do it again!'), Depression ('I want to be alone!'), and, finally, Acceptance ('Okay. I'm ready.').


Loss of youthful energy is like a death. Something you once were is gone and you can't get it back. Whether you are aware of it or not, you have probably experienced this process. First, you denied that you were getting older. We call it the Weekend Warrior syndrome. ('I can still keep up with those kids!') Next came anger. ('Life isn't fair!') Then you began to bargain. ('Okay, I'll give up doughnuts if it will bring back the old energy.') Then, depression. ('I'll never feel good again.') Finally, though, if you see it through, you can arrive at acceptance. You might never physically feel the way you did at age twenty, but you can still feel better than you do now. Look - you can't expect miracles. But you can expect improvement. Study after study shows that when people start eating better and exercising, even well into their senior years, they feel better. It just takes more time and you have to start with small steps.


I once ran the Boston Marathon. I was in the back of the pack, of course, but the stories I heard back there were inspiring. These people were heroes. One woman, in her seventies, told me that in her entire life she had never run a single step until her husband died of a heart attack when he was sixty-five. Soon after, she developed breast cancer. After treatment, the doctor told her to start walking. A year later she felt so much better that one day, on a whim, she decided to see if she could run from one telephone pole to another. She made it. Then she started wondering if she should run a little farther…and a little farther. She was now running her fifth marathon.


It's possible. You can do it. You need two kinds of mental discipline, though. First, a quick burst to get you out the door for the first time. This may mean parking at the far end of the lot and walking to the store. It might mean a walk around the block after supper. Maybe it will mean joining a gym. Spending some money and making a financial commitment often helps. But then you need long-term discipline. You need to stick with it. You don't want to do a lot at first. But you want to do something. Aim for every day. You might not make it, but it's far better to plan for seven days and do five then it is to plan for five and do three.


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Good luck!


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How do you feel about using retirement savings to start up a new business, especially when it’s a business I always wanted to try? Until relatively recently, the technology just wasn’t available to do it. I am 62 years old.

October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

How do you feel about using retirement savings to start up a new business, especially when it's a business I always wanted to try? Until relatively recently, the technology just wasn't available to do it. I am 62 years old.
If you're looking for a yes or no on this one, I won't be of much help. You'll need to consult a specialist or two in the field of financial management and market analysis. But I'll bet you've already decided to go ahead and take the gamble. If so - congratulations! Go for it and good luck!


But just in case you're still on the fence, you'll need to consult the one specialist who knows you best. That's you. Here's how to do it.


When I do seminars on this subject I usually have attendees answer some basic questions. Try these exercises on for size:


1.You're talking to someone about how you would have handled a situation if you had been in their place. In your scenario, do you:


a. Take charge? ('I would have made sure that…')

b. Assume you have superior experience? ('That same thing happened to me once and I …')

c. Advise caution? ('Be careful and go slow. Don't rush into it.')

d. Advise action? ('You only live once. Go for the gusto!')


2.Talk with your best and closest friends about how they see your strengths and weaknesses. Really listen. Don't be offended if their opinion is different than yours. Don't justify yourself. Don't make excuses. (At the same time, don't necessarily believe that they are right and you are wrong if they see you differently than you see yourself.)


3.Someone gives you all the money you'll ever need. What do you do with the rest of your life?


4.You're lying in bed at night trying to get to sleep. You decide to tell yourself a story, starring you. What are you doing in the story?


These questions can't replace solid advice from people who know what they're talking about. On the other hand, the world is full of success stories about people who took a risk, did the unexpected and triumphed. Only you know how much a dream means to you and whether or not you are comfortable going for it.


(By the way - Good luck! Let me know how it comes out.)

Hey Jim – How did Over60Exchange get started?

October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The question this week is a departure from our regular format, but it might be interesting to those of you who have been reading this column.


Hey Jim - how did Over60Exchange get started?


In 2007, Bob Brewster, the founder of Over60Exchange, had an idea. He saw people over the age of 60, (that age soon dropped to 55), who had talent galore and who had gained both experience and wisdom along the course of their lives. They knew what it was like to experience life's bumps and bruises, but didn't want to retire simply because they had reached a pre-determined chronological age. In some cases, they knew what it was like to say, "I wish I could do it again, knowing what I know now." But in many cases they changed that to, "I want to do it again, knowing what I do now!"


These were people to whom the idea of retirement didn't have a lot of appeal. They were productive. They were smart. They were wise. They had experienced more technological change and scientific evolution than any other generation in the long history of the planet. They were intelligent enough to grasp new technologies but wise enough to know when to employ good, old-fashioned common sense. Sometimes they possessed neglected skills and appreciation for beauty, lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Many of them didn't want to work full time anymore. They had earned their time in the sun. But at the same time they weren't ready to sit by the wayside and revel only in past glories.


At the same time, Bob had a lot of experience with companies who, being forced to consider their bottom line, were looking for part-time, experienced help. They were willing to pay for production, not just time. They appreciated the fact that experienced folks who had been around the block a few times could be trusted to give them just what they needed without a lot of training. In many cases, it was cheaper and more efficient to put out jobs piecemeal to people who knew what was needed, how to deliver it on time, and take pride in their work.


Why not provide a way to bring together these two diverse groups of people in a manner that benefited both?


That was the germ that gave birth to Over60Exchange. But it didn't stop there. Like many of the individuals he was hoping to attract, Bob wasn't interested in a simple business arrangement. He wanted to make a difference in the world. When he contacted me he had already envisioned a concept much bigger than a job/matching service. He was asking pertinent questions. What does it feel like to be a senior citizen in a culture that worships youth? Why is this a different age than any that preceded us? What are the hopes and dreams of a generation that has been given the gift of longevity as a result of the technology of modern medicine?


I was intrigued by the idea. Having spent a lifetime counseling people in similar situations, having lived at the forefront of the Baby Boom generation myself, and having written a few books pertaining to the stages of life and the spirituality required to navigate them, I was ready to explore his questions and add a few of my own.


How do we mobilize the tremendous numbers of people who are approaching retirement age? How do we communicate with each other? To put it simply, how do we form a nation-wide community? That's what we're working on. It's a pretty exciting task!

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AGE & JOBS

October 23, 2012 in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Are new tricks even necessary? Maybe the old repertoire is sufficient to bring happiness to a veteran dog. Consider these questions, all from men in the building trades:

QUESTIONS -

I've worked for contractors all my life. Now they say I'm too old. No one wants to hire me because, admittedly, I've slowed down some and can't carry roofing supplies up and down a ladder all day like I used to. But carpentry is all I've ever done. It's all I know. Have I really outlived my usefulness? - D.D., Miami, CA

The guy I worked for most of my career is retiring and moving out of state. He'll sell me his company, with all his contacts. But I don't know. I've never had to worry about the business end of the trade. What do you think I should do? L.K. Orlando, FL

I'm a plumber for a good-sized factory. I have steady work and good benefits. Some of my friends feel I could make more money on my own, especially now that I've reached my ceiling on the pay scale. But I've never had to worry about hustling jobs. What happens if I get up some morning and there's no work waiting for me? -A.A., Tampa, FL

ANSWERS -

Taking the plunge into self-employment can be a frightening experience. But anything that's rewarding is worth the effort. The secret is to prepare and carefully consider exactly what it is you want to accomplish. Do you want to work, or do you want to manage workers? If you really want to work foryourself and by yourself, you're probably further along the road to independence than you think.

When I first retired after many years of being a small-time, country preacher, I wanted to make something that I could point to at the end of the day. I had always loved carpentry, but it seemed that the only game in town involved apprenticing out or learning the ins and outs of the business by working for someone else. I had faith in my skills, but I didn't know how to begin.

My first job happened by accident. I built a porch for a neighbor. Someone saw my work and wanted a deck built around a new, above-ground swimming pool. Pretty soon I was doing a lot of small carpentry jobs for a local farmer. Then I met a man who became my partner. He lived right across the street and had the same interests I did.

Our first job was a renovation that no big contractor would touch. It wouldn't be cost-effective in that we couldn't get in and out quickly. We didn't care very much about our time, though, and were perfectly willing to go slowly. That led to similar jobs. We became known for tackling the kind of projects that required creative thinking. Old house renovations often call for leaving your square and level home. "Eyeballing" old renovations is often the only way to make things fit in with existing construction. We promised our clients that when we began a project we would stick with it until we finished - no matter how long it took. People appreciated that. We also made sure we were clean and neat and that people were completely satisfied before we moved on to the next job. We trusted them - they trusted us. We had found a niche market and soon had all the work we wanted with no worries about scheduling vacation times or managing office politics.

Could we have hired more people and expanded? Sure. But why? We were perfectly happy the way things were. As we used to say in New England, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

What's the point of this story? Modern methods of operation, in every field, often create niches where creative, experienced veterans can flourish while remaining relatively unencumbered with administration details. Is that particular skill that you've spent a lifetime developing really in demand, but you're too afraid of launching out on your own because you've always performed it in order to receive a paycheck from someone else who told you what to do, when to do it, and then profited from your work?

All three of today's questions relate to fear, not skill. When you've worked your whole life for someone else it's hard to think about being on your own. But stop and think for a minute. It's acquiring skill that's the hard part. No one will ever go hungry if they have a skill or talent that someone else needs. Marketing ability? That's what the Over60Exchange is all about. People skills? You can learn those, no matter how old you are. You probably already know how to please potential clients better than some young whippersnapper right out of trade school.

Satisfying work, done well into "retirement" age, consists of doing something that you love, and doing it well. That's a valuable commodity. It's worth good money. So are you.

by Big Jim

Golf and Strength? HUH??

October 23, 2012 in Strength Training

Golfers aren't athletes so strength training won't help their game…right?
Wrong- If you're a golfer, your swing can be improved with Proper Strength Training and this is true whether you are an amateur or on the Pro Am Tour!

Strength, Power, flexibility, agility, and even endurance are physical traits that every golfer must possess.

It was once noted that golfers are not athletic therefore they do not need fitness as a component to their golf-game. That statement is just as absurd as the practice of coaches during the 1950's and 1960's not letting their players drink water during practice because it developed mental toughness.

For years I have observed in amazement the injuries that occur with the golf enthusiast. Injuries such as elbow tendonitis, knee injuries, hip injuries, neck injuries, shoulder injuries and the most de-habilitating of all, an injured low back.

From a pure fitness point of view, there are tow (2) key factors that not only will improve a golfer's functional performance but will also reduce their potential for injury. Increased muscular strength and increased flexibility will give any golfer the potential to play a better game of golf and for many more years.

At a recent national golf conference, the statement was made 'currently golf technology has peaked and now the golfer had better seek out and pursue a proper golf fitness program.

Now, regardless of your age or your skill level, you will be surprised what a proper strength and flexibility program incorporated into your weekly schedule will do for your golf game. At www.properstrenthtraining.com we have the programs for golfers that are seriously improving their golf game!

by Big Jim

Top Ten Reasons to Exercise

October 23, 2012 in Growing Old Slowly

Top Ten Reasons Proper Strength Training is a Requirement for a "Better Quality of Life"

By Jim Flanagan

As we get older (chronologically), we do not have to speed up the body's aging process by settling into a sedentary lifestyle. Quite the contrary-we need to continue to exercise or begin an exercise program, but not just any exercise program (and there are a lot of them out there). Rather, we need to 'Proper Strength Train' to increase our ability to have a 'Better Quality of Life'. Let's investigate why:

Note: Please obtain clearance from your physician prior to beginning a new exercise program.

1. Aging Bio-Factor: Loss of Muscle Mass & Strength

Aging Bio Fact: After age 40, there is a potential for 1% loss of muscle mass per year

Quality of Life Issues: Lifting objects; Climbing stairs; Squatting and standing up; Reaching.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST can not help only retard the loss of muscle mass and strength, but when executed properly, can build muscle mass and strength.

2. Aging Bio-Factor: Loss of Flexibility

Aging Bio-Fact: A sedentary life style can actually increase stiffness, swelling, and pain in joints and reduce flexibility and increase the symptoms of osteoarthritis and chances for joint injury.

Quality of Life Issues: Bending, squatting, turning neck

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST will keep the joints, ligaments, and tendons flexible, strong, and pliable, reducing the chance for injury and preserving range of motion of the joint.

3. Aging Bio-Factor: Loss of Bone Density

Aging Bio-Fact: After age 35 (and particularly after menopause in women), the bone reabsorption process outpaces the bone formation process starting a slow loss of bone density which can lead to conditions of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Quality of Life Issues: Loss of height and posture and the increased chance for small fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist bones which compromise our ability to move our limbs, walk, and do daily activities.

Proper Strength Training Solution: It has been proven that with proper diet and 'proper strength training', bone mass can be increased at most any age and reduce the chance for fractures.

4. Aging Bio-Factor: Increased Ratio of Fat to Muscle (BMI)

Aging Bio-Fact: As we age, our BMI (Body-Mass Index) may increase due to poor diet, lack of exercise, and genetics.

Quality of Life Issues: Increased chance for serious disorders such as cardio-vascular disease, type II diabetes, and joint disorders.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST and a healthy diet can reduce your BMI and reduce your chance for serious health disorders and reduce the stress on the joints.

5. Aging Bio-Factor:Loss of Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)

Aging Bio-Fact: After age 35, there is a reduction in BMR and a probability of an increase in fat to muscle ratio.

Quality of Life Issues: Reduction of physical activity which can further lead to a sedentary lifestyle and serious health disorders with the increase of fat to muscle ratio.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST when executed safely and properly is also a good form of cardio exercise which can increase metabolism and when combined with a healthy diet, can increase your BMR and energy level which can lead to a healthy outlook on life.

6. Aging Bio-Factor: Decrease in Cognitive Thinking Ability

Aging Bio-Fact: Decrease in Cognitive Thinking Ability may occur with increase in age as a result of becoming more sedentary and eating an unhealthy diet.

Quality of Life Issue: Loss of memory and cognitive thinking can lead to: pre-mature retirement and loss of income because you cannot perform job duties; a challenge to live alone; loss of ability to drive your car; a potential for accident and injury because you cannot think logically.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST when executed safely and properly, can actually stimulate areas of the brain which may conserve and increase Cognitive Thinking Ability.

7. Aging Bio-Factor: Decrease in Cardio/Lung Capacity

Aging Bio-Fact: Aging occurs throughout the body in both skeletal and smooth muscle at different rates, including the smooth heart muscle.

Quality of Life Issue: Multiple issues including serious cardio-vascular diseases; shortness of breath; reduction in active lifestyle; disability and premature retirement; premature death.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST exercise throughout your lifespan or started with your physician's approval late in life, may reduce your chance for cardio-vascular diseases and increase your lung capacity.

8. Aging Bio-Factor: Increased Blood Sugar Levels

Aging Bio-Fact: Incidences of Adult onset Type II Diabetes is on the rise due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices, and genetics.

Quality of Life Issue: Under care of a physician is usually controlled by diet or diet and insulin medications, however when not under control can lead to serious health issues such as loss of sight, serious circulation issues which can lead to limb amputation; disability, premature retirement and death.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST studies of adults with Type II Diabetes who in combo with healthy diet choices and 'proper strength training' 2 or 3 times per week for 30 minutes/session have shown a reduction in their blood sugar levels, weight loss, and some patients have been able to stop using medication due to a return to blood sugar in normal range.

9. Aging Bio Factor: Increased Blood Cholesterol Levels

Aging Bio-Fact: Incidences of Increased Blood Cholesterol Level (Hyperlipidemia) is on the rise in adults due to unhealthy diets and lifestyle choices, none or little proper exercise programs, and genetics.

Quality of Life Issue: Under the care of a physician is usually controlled by diet or diet and cholesterol reducing medications referred to as 'statins' however when not under control, can lead to serious health issues such as heart attacks and strokes which can produce disability, premature retirement and death.

Proper Strength Training Solution: PST studies of adults with high blood cholesterol levels who in combo with healthy diet choices, medication, and 'proper strength training' 2 or 3 times per week for 30 minutes/session have shown a reduction have shown an improvement in their blood Cholesterol levels and some patients have been able to stop using medication due to a return to blood cholesterol in normal range.

10. Aging Bio-Factor: Elevated Blood Pressure in unhealthy range

Aging Bio-Fact: Incidences of Elevated Blood Pressure (Hypertension) is on the rise in adults due to unhealthy diets and lifestyle choices, and genetics.

Quality of Life Issue: Under the care of a physician is usually controlled by diet or diet and cholesterol reducing medications referred to a 'statins' however when not under control, can lead to serious health issues such as heart attacks and strokes which can produce disability, premature retirement and death.

Proper Strength Training Solution:PST studies of adults with elevated or high blood pressure who in combo with healthy diet choices, medication, and 'proper strength training' 2 or 3 times per week for 30 minutes/session have shown a reduction have shown an improvement in their blood pressure levels and some patients have been able to stop using medication due to return to blood pressure in normal range.

by Big Jim

Top Ten Muscles That We CANNOT ignore

October 23, 2012 in Growing Old Slowly

 

Top Ten Muscles That Will Cause Quality of Life Issues If Not Exercised Regularly With Proper Strength Training

By Jim Flanagan

Most people, at any age, have a desire to remain strong and healthy so we can take care of ourselves and not rely on others. As we age, our muscles will tend to atrophy (waste away) if not exercised and will not remain strong and flexible unless you Proper Strength Train.A good statement that is easy to remember is 'if you don't use it, you'll lose it!' In the human body you have somewhere between 656 to 850 'Skeletal Muscles', depending on whether or not they are named as a single muscles or in groups. Since no muscle is insignificant, some large and small muscles are considered very important because they keep you mobile and ultimately self-sufficient. There are Ten Muscles/Muscle Groups that are vital for a better quality of life and must be exercised regularly with Proper Strength Training to remain strong and flexible. The list below contains the name of muscle, medical name, and general purpose:

1.Muscle:Low Back (Erector Spinae)

Anatomical Purpose: Maintains upright posture; Bending from waist; Lifting

Bio-fact:If the small muscles of the low back are not isolated and exercised, they will atrophy and become weakened. Weak low back muscles are susceptible to injury which creates low back pain (the #1 cause of lost work days and disability claims, and premature retirement and loss of income) and will affect your posture and you may 'start losing height.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the low back muscles by doing squats and abdominal crunches will strengthen these muscles for lifting and bending, preserve your posture, and help to prevent low back strains.

2.Muscle: Muscle Knee/Thigh-Quadriceps (Thigh) and Hamstrings (Biceps femoris, Semitendinosis, and Semimembranosus)-

Anatomical Purpose:Walking, squatting, climbing, swimming, sitting and sitting/rising from chair

Bio-Fact: If the large muscles of the thigh and the hamstrings are not exercised with proper strength training, they will eventually atrophy and weaken, then you will have problems getting in and out of chairs and your car. Walking up and down stairs will be difficult as well as running, climbing, and even swimming. Lifting heavy objects by squatting will become difficult and then impossible.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the thigh muscles by doing full body squats and leg curls will strengthen these muscles and increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which helps burn body fat.You will be able to continue participating in the sports and the day-to-day activities you are currently involved in for more productive years and reduce your chances for injury.

3.Muscle: Hips (Buttocks)

Anatomical Purpose:Walking, running, squatting, climbing, swimming, sitting and rising from chair

Bio-Fact: If the large muscles of the hips are not exercised with proper strength training, they will weaken and you will have problems of mobility from a simple task of walking to the complicated tasks of swimming, running or climbing stairs. The hips also assist the legs when lifting heavy objects.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the hips (buttocks) by doing full body squats you not only strength the thigh but the hips, too. The hip is essential in all movements that keep you mobile and by strengthening the hip, you reduce the chances for hip injury and enables you to can continue your normal activities of walking, running, swimming, and climbing up and down stairs.

4.Muscle: Back of Upper Arm (Triceps)

Anatomical Purpose: Reaching and lifting overhead; Pushing up the body from sitting or prone position.

Bio-Fact: If the small muscles of the upper arm are not exercised with proper strength training, they will weaken and atrophy, causing even common tasks such as lifting and reaching overhead will become difficult.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the triceps by doing push-ups, pull-ups, triceps extensions or seated dips on a chair will strengthen the muscles and allow you to continue to do normal upper body activities such as reaching and lifting objects overhead.

5.Muscle: Neck (Anterior Flexion, Posterior Extension Lateral Flexion-Left & Right)

Anatomical Purpose: Elevation of Shoulders; Rotation of Head

Bio-Fact:If the small muscles of the neck are extremely prone to injury when not exercised with proper strength training.

Neck injury is both painful and dangerous because the muscles protect the vertebrae of the cervical spine.The neck muscles will eventually weaken and atrophy to the point that muscle stiffness will occur and you may not be able to rotate the head with ease.

Proper Strength Training Solution:Proper Strength Training of the small muscles of the neck by doing safe and slow exercises such as neck manual resistance can strengthen and keep you head mobile and upright and help prevent injury.

6.Muscle: Shoulder (Rotator Cuff) and Upper Back or 'Lats' (Latisimus Dorsi)

Anatomical Purpose: Elevation of Arm at various angles; Pushing and pulling

Bio-Fact:If the small muscles of the shoulder (rotator cuff) are very prone to injury and is a very painful condition. Common tasks such as lifting the arm will be difficult and painful if these muscles are not strength trained. If upper back called the 'lats' are not proper strength trained, they will become weakened, atrophy, and prone to injury causing less mobility of the upper body

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the shoulder and upper back with exercises such as shoulder press or overhead press, rowing, lat pull downs,and seated towel or rope pulls (with a workout partner) can help strengthen these muscles and keep your upper body mobile and ultimately help preventinjury.

7.Muscle: Stomach or Abdominal (Abdominal rectus)

Anatomical Purpose: Stabilizing Torso or Trunk and exercising Thoracic Diaphragm

Bio-Fact:If the small muscles of the abdomen are not exercised, the small back muscles will weaken and atrophy and you will not be able to keep upright or bend.The abdominals also move the diaphragm (thick sheet of muscle over upper abdomen) which controls breathing and ultimately speaking and singing.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the abdominal muscles with exercises such as sit-ups or 'crunches' with resistance from a workout partner will notonly help to keep your upright with good posture but you will have a pleasing appearance and the small back muscles will strengthen, too.

8.Muscle: Chest or 'Pecs' (Pectoralis Major and Minor)

Anatomical Purpose: Abduction and Adduction of the arms; Pushing and pulling; Lifting and reaching overhead

Bio-Fact: If the small muscles of the chest are not proper strength trained, they will weaken and atrophy and simple tasks such as pushing a vacuum or broom will become difficult. Lifting and reaching for objects overhead in your kitchen or garage will become impossible and you will require assistance.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the chest or 'pecs' with exercises such as the chestpress machine or chest flies on a bench with dumbbells or hand weighs will not only help you keep a pleasing appearance but will help you keep the upper body mobile and strong.

9.Muscle: Front of upper arm (Biceps)

Anatomical Purpose: Supinates (turns) Hand; Flexes and Elevates the arm

Bio-Fact: If the small muscles of the biceps are not proper strength trained, simple tasks such as turning the hand or lifting objects will be difficult.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the biceps with exercises such as biceps curls with resistance on a machine or bench with dumbbells can strengthen the biceps and keep it flexible so you can elevate the arm and lift objects. Push-ups also exercise the biceps and will elevate your metabolism as well as strengthening the muscles.

10.Muscle: Calf and lower leg (Gastrocnemius and Soleus)

Anatomical Purpose: Dorsi and plantar flexion of the foot for walking and running; keeps Achilles Heel flexible.

Bio-Fact: If the small muscles of the lower leg are not exercised, they will weaken and atrophy and your regular activities such as walking briskly or participating in sports will become difficult. The biceps also help retain the flexibility of the Achilles Tendon on the back of the foot and ankle which is responsible for flexing the foot.

Proper Strength Training Solution: Proper Strength Training of the lower leg with exercises such as calf raises on a machine or heel raises with your body weight on stairs will strength the muscles and give the lower leg a pleasing appearance. Flexibility of the foot for walking and running will be improved which will help you remain mobile and give you the ability to continue with your daily activities and sports.

The sleeves are rolled up and the gloves are coming off!

October 23, 2012 in Our World

When there is real work that MUST be done, there is only one way to get it done. Jump in with both feet and ask others to do the same.
It has been tough but we here at the Over60Exchange have finally pulled ourselves up from the muck of political opinions fostered by special interests. The quicksand suction of political partisanship and truth bending is very strong and hard to overcome but we did it. This effort has not been easy but it is well worth it. Now, we are extending our hands to you to do the same. Here's why -
Our country's problems demand attention that transcends politics.The very survival of our country as a world leader in freedom and individual success is at great risk of being replaced with mediocrity and averageness. Anyone who has ever run in a race quickly learns that it is much better to be running in front of the crowd than to be in the middle or at the end. Only the front runners have a clear vision and steady pace, while everyone else is either sprinting or walking. As a country, we are in danger of losing our front runner position. If this is what you want please ignore what we are telling you. On the other hand, if you intuitively feel that what we are sharing with you is true, roll up your sleeves, we have a challenge for you.
The Over60Exchange has an opportunity to become a real honest alternative to the AARP. In meetings all across America , the AARP is demonstrating that it no longer effectively represents the grassroot issues of its members as it once did. The AARP is in the insurance business and unfortunately they are also too close to the ugly politics associated with special interests while trying to get their share of government dole outs. Now, there is nothing wrong with selling insurance but we do think there is something big time wrong with taking member money and using it for issues they do not support.


It is very simple.
Here at the Over60Exchange we believe that older Americans need a place where they can go for information and tools that they can use to stay active, productive and earning income. We do not believe that a person should be turned into a 'vegetable' just because of age. We believe that people should be allowed to contribute at any age and to be fairly compensated for what they can do. Our country needs the experience and knowledge of people who have worked decades in productive employment. Further, we are not advocates of retirement in the sense of the word where one fully stops working or being productive. We believe staying active and productive for as long as possible, whether you need to earn money or not is very healthy both physically and mentally. This belief does not eliminate volunteerism. We believe that being a volunteer is just as important as ever but we also know that each person must have financial strength too. To this end, our goals are to support active, happy and rewarding lifestyles.
Since we first created the Over60Exchange, it has changed dramatically. Our vision is for something truly unique and powerful. Each day we are a little closer to this goal but we still have much to do to accomplish this. If we wait to have everything perfect, it will be too late to help you and others like you, so we are telling you to become a member now. It's no cost to join. We are constantly working on new content and technologies to give our members the ability and support needed to live active and productive lives for as long as they choose.


Here is the real danger and why taking action today is so important.
There are forces at work in our country that do not want older people to remain active and productive. These forces would rather that we all just move aside and sit in a rocking chair or find a quiet place out of the way. If you still have something to share and give in terms of your experience, education, skills, talents and abilities, this 'step aside' attitude should greatly trouble you. For during this period, these same forces are working on ways to separate you from what you have earned whether it is through increased taxes, new fees, higher costs, reduced benefits or too many other ways to list here. This is the danger we are all facing as we age. If we sit back and 'vegetate' we will lose. On the other hand if we stay active, productive and remain a force in the workplace, we also remain a powerful force to protect ourselves while helping our country. This is the choice we are all facing today.
Pass the word to join the Over60Exchange, today. Forget that we do not have everything perfect. This will come with time and money. What we need now are numbers- tens of thousands or even millions of new members to join. With numbers we will become a powerful voice for helping each other and for helping America.

Keep America’s Older Workers Employed or Else!

October 23, 2012 in Our World

Right up front, here's the major point -

STAY WORKING...DO NOT RETIRE!!

We cannot afford to have our older workers stop working or leave the country's work force.

There are two key reasons for this -

1. The education and experience this group controls is invaluable to our country's economy and their contribution must not be lost.

2. This group must stay employed and productive for as long as possible to avoid placing demands on Medicare, Social Security and Healthcare that could force the collapse of each.

Using common sense and simple math, it is easy to conclude that having an average of five million new people per year start drawing social security and Medicare benefits under the present funding and management structure is impossible to support. But, many lawmakers would have you believe that reorganizing both Social Security and Healthcare into a massive government managed program will solve all issues. This violates common sense and a simple understanding of what motivates people to be productive and therefore able and willing to pay for programs like social security and Medicare.
Creating a massive program funded by cuts in services and much higher taxes on the very same people who can create the biggest momentum for an economic turnaround is both foolhardy and near sighted. People work best when there are no artificial ceilings on what they can earn. Creating taxes that progressively discourage people from being productive is not the answer and actually places a straightjacket on people by dramatically restricting their willingness to be creative. This is exactly the opposite of what has made America great.
America has been built on ingenuity and unfettered creativity. The vast majority of America's success has come from private enterprise done with little to no support from government. Government has greatly benefited from this private productivity through taxation but government on its own has done very little to be productive and creative. By fostering productivity and ingenuity in people we can solve our present economic woes. By keeping our older workers active and employed we are using this highly educated and experienced group of people to create and foster new innovation. By doing it this way, we harness a tremendously invaluable amount of experience and focus it on creating new businesses, which in turn creates new jobs. Seventy eight percent of all new jobs come from small businesses. Ninety seven percent of our country's GNP comes from small businesses.
In summary, creating incentives through lower taxes on businesses will also create incentives to keep older workers employed and productive. Employers know that they cannot afford to lose this huge pool of talent and experience at a time when they need it the most.

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October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

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