Live well Sister Jean- what a Renegade :)

Okay, okay. I’ll help the Loyola of Chicago chaplain go viral.

How neat is it that a 98-year young Nun is the darling of 2018’s March Madness?  Where do I buy my red and gold socks with Sister Jean on them?

Does she eat the Mediterranean diet? Does she add years to her long life by socializing and being passionate about a cause larger than herself?

I believe so! Her TV persona exudes humor, confidence and love. If only I can be like her!

Note to self – I will strive to laugh, believe and trust.

How about you?

Nothing against blueblood basketball powers, but this Underdog Dave is pulling for Sister Jean’s Loyola Renegades in San Antonio.

If I live into my nineties- it may be due to similar wellness practices like those of our trending Chaplain.

Spring in your Step?

Although our kids in Boston and Philadelphia dispute this transitional day, winter is officially behind us.

Perhaps Spring’s startup is a reminder of spring in your step as a measure of longevity.

If you think that Scientific American passes a published ” C R A A P” test, as I do, then you might consider this 2011 S-A article:

If you normal Baby Boomer gait, as a 70-something Baby Boomer covers a mile in less than 27 minutes, you may live longer than peers who cover a mile in 33 minutes.  This is pretty interesting to me – as the article’s source says this walking pace study of 34,000 “lab rats” accommodates Boomers’ gender, race and etc.  Hmmm.

Do you have a bit more spring in  your step?

Full and open science…”a quick pace is not a proved panacea for living longer. Many other studies have, however, found that walking helps lower blood pressure, keep weight down and improve mood. Substantial amounts of strolling have also been linked to slower memory decline and reduced risk of some cancers.”

“Walk on by (don’t stop)”, though Boomer lyricist Isaac Hayes, chose those words for love, rather than longevity.  I’ll question if walking can mean BOTH love and longevity.

How about you?

Be well as you stride,

df

 

Pi Day and passage of S. Hawking

What might today, 3.14.18 and the passage of physicist (and former rowing coxswain) Stephen Hawking have to do with being Well Past Forty?

My short answer is a four-letter word -> T I M E.

Today is another great day in our T I M E to strive for  7 munificent S’s to be Well Past Forty.
– Did you take restful time to recharge your brain and body (7-9 hours)?
– Did you eat and hydrate well today (both macro- and micronutrients)?
– What hour of your day was/is devoted to stamina and sweat (to get endorphins pulsing)?  Remember – that hour is only 4% of your day. Sir Richard Branson offers that his hour devoted to fitness give him three (3) hours of productive time in his hectic day. How about you?                                                                                                         – Did you carve out a “coffee break” time to chill a bit, think mindfully and be grateful for being alive and well in this crazy world?

Nil time is needed to pop off 25 air squats for stability and strength.

How long does it take you to bound up a flight of office stairs?

Only 15 seconds of precious time are needed to check your stability – via your 1 legged stand with eyes closed.

And…stretch often to break up your screen time.


Circling back to Pi Day – there are many “STEM” factors at work in our complex, heavenly bodies. Burning “K” calories is just one example.  That release of heat (calories) fits into a law of thermodynamics which is mentioned in Hawking’s book    “A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME”. Honest.

To irrational number followers of Pi, and to scientists like Stephen Hawking, this day of fitness and wellness is for you (and for the rest of us).

 

Be Well.

df

 

Mother’s Little Helper – Richards and Jagger (1966)

“Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old.”

The STONES’ 1966 anthem for tranquilizers to help Mums get through their activities of daily life seems darned relevant today.
This scribe tries to walk his walk of getting older(slowly) without conceding “oldness” AND without resorting to deadly pain-killers.

TV Shows, like BLUE BLOODS, have episodes with opioid overdoses sadly played out. TV talking heads advise that Houston, Hamptons and Hillbilly towns definitely have deadly problems.
– Why New Hampshire? West Virginia? Pennsylvania? Hmmm.
I read that 40 percent of our 110 deaths per day in America stem from PRESCRIPTION opioids. I don’t think that I’m the only citizen who senses a problem here.
“Doctor please” ?!

PAIN, from contrasting viewpoints of the legendary Vince Lombardi and US Marines, and of running in systemsrunninginsystems are worth your consideration.
On the play through it macho side of a pain coin:
“Fatigue can make cowards of us, Pain is fatigue leaving your body…
yet from a systems and feedback vantage,

“Lumped into the category of pain are soreness, discomfort, localized exhaustion, aching, sharp-pain, tearing pain, etc. Because, in the English language, pain can mean all of these things (and many more), it is an exceptionally poor word to use when giving advice as to when and why to maintain exertion.”
– Note to self – there IS a difference between pain and discomfort. I was uncomfortable in my recent ergometer stress test – yet I wasn’t in chronic pain.

What is your pain IQ? Try this quiz and see.

* I don’t think that enough people know about our body’s amazing capacity to generate its own opioid-like chemicals – endorphins.
keep calm and release endorphins

Unless I drank funny kool-aid, I often experienced those endorphin highs – at about my 8-mile point of road runs. I thought I could run lightly – for many miles (until that inevitable wall at 20 miles, anyway).
In same, yet different ways, rowing also offers me those narcotic periods of zen-like ebullience. Prolonged aerobic exercise gets me higher 🙂

So what are these brain-induced (NON-PRESCRIPTION) endorphins as our quasi-opioids?

SELF HACKED (which passes my CRAAP test for proper sourcing) offers 30 natural highs,

“You don’t have to take heroin or painkillers to feel good. If your life is healthy enough and incorporates enough of these strategies, you should feel good enough with these natural highs. Of course, taking drugs will have a more pronounced effect, but that’s not the state most of us are looking for. We just want to feel pretty good.”
Thanks, SELF HACKED, for this list of 30 NATURAL alternatives to prescription or other opioids. I emboldened ones which I have tried, and which I use as part of my Wellness regimen to trigger endorphins.
– I am blessed that I have nil need for prescription opioids! May my good fortunes continue.

1) Take a Cold Shower
2) Exercise More
3) Sleep More
4) Binge On Sugar (or don’t if you don’t want to get addicted)
5) Get Some Sun
6) Fall In Love or Spray Some Oxytocin
7) Take a Hot Shower/Bath
8) Get a Massage
9) Hang Out With Some Friends
10) Butyrate
11) Eat Tasty Foods
12) Eat Chocolate
13) Eat Foods with Morphine-Like Characteristics
14) Use Alcohol in Moderation
15) Take Magnesium
16) Stress
17) Acupuncture
18) Take Low Dose Naltrexone
19) Don’t Sleep With The Lights On
20) Wear Red Glasses or Take Melatonin
21) Get Zapped With tDCS
22) Hold Your Breath (or don’t)
23) Kratom
24) Use LLLT
25) Pregnenolone
26) Probiotics: Acidophilus
27) Chili/Cayenne
28) Marijuana
29) Poppy Seeds
30) Nicotine

Note that there is indeed FOOD for THOUGHT on this SELF HACKED list.

And:
Dr. Josh Axe offers this useful infographic about Endorphins:

EndorphinesGraphic-1 DrAxe dot com
It’s my hope that more of us can NATURALLY avoid that 60’s Richards/Jagger message – WHAT A DRAG IT IS GETTING OLD.

Be well and join me in “feeling pretty good” – naturally,
df

Spring Ahead ?! More are Dead

I believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people. After this chest thump, I share that I DO NOT believe in our almost-national semi-annual ritual of clock changes to “save energy”, make happier cows, or for whatever reason our politicos decry.

So, here we are again after our (for 48 states’) springs ahead – to kiss off a blessed hour – 60 minutes, 3600 seconds of what father time offers – to save electricity in business buildings. Time, tide and military formations wait for no man – I suppose 🙁
Yesterday’s Investor’s Daily offered that the spring ahead movement may NOT save electricity. Even if this political move did save kilowatts – what about us???

Dan Pink writes in “WHEN”, and other sources like procon.org procon.org that the “SLEEPY Monday” after Daylight Savings time begins is bad for folks:

1. facing tired judges at verdict time,
2. patients undergoing surgery with sleepy surgical teams,
3. commuters who are not-yet adjusted to their “new” circadian rhythms (it may take a week?). Accidents and auto-fatalities are higher.
4. And, rates of heart attacks and suicides are documented to be higher.

Sorry, upholders of the Uniform Time Act, I don’t get this… Woodrow Wilson, you kept us out of war (for a while) – yet your national decree in 1918 didn’t go well, according to Smithsonian Magazine Smithsonian Magazine:

“It didn’t go smoothly. In 1918, Easter Sunday fell on March 31, which led to a lot of latecomers to church services. Enraged rural and evangelical opponents thereafter blamed daylight saving for subverting sun time, or “God’s time.” Newspapers were deluged by letter writers complaining that daylight saving upset astronomical data and made almanacs useless, prevented Americans from enjoying the freshest early morning air, and even browned out lawns unaccustomed to so much daylight.

Within a year, daylight saving was repealed. But like most weeds, the practice thrived by neglect.”

Me? I lost an hour of my beauty sleep before a rowing scrimmage this morning. I had a wedding reception last night which was NOT to be missed. Life happens.
I took a long nap after lunch, hoping to avert Sleepy Monday.

Be well,
df

Double Down Monday

Welcome, on this first Monday of March.

It is appropriate to cite this Women’s History Month for all to ponder; AND to remember that Act III folks, like Sir Winton Churchill, did amazing things at their own “Medicare age”. See BOOM_Churchill Wasn_t ‘Over the Hill_ in 1940 – WSJ 030418.. I hope that there is hope for me 🙂 .

 
First – Women. Without them, our zany world would be, by definition, different. FRom what I recall of grade school science, being an hermaphrodite (like an earthworm) doesn’t really appeal to me. Further, this scientific source, https://phys.org/news/2012-11-self-fertilizing-worms-thousands-genes-reproduction.html ,
suggests that, for hermaphrodites, “their self-sufficient sex lives could set them up for extinction.” Oy.

Bless them all – Grace Hopper, Eve, Lady Lovelace, Rosie Ruiz, Madame Curie, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Paula Fraser-Newby, my sainted Mum, and, and . . .

Here’s an appropriate tribute audio from TEDTALKS. This lady, Dr. Wendy Suzuki, espouses extraordinary benefits of exercise for our hippocampus, and overall wellness:

 wendy_suzuki_the_brain_changing_benefits_of_exercise

Betcha that you think I believe her! And I listened to my sainted Mum – about eating right, being trustworthy, and staying active. She is far from alone in history for women.

Celebrate, ladies!

Point two for today:
Encore Aged performance vs ageism: Gary Oldham’s OSCAR-awarded performance in “THE DARKEST HOUR” reminds us that age, treachery, and lessons of life can make certain folks special. Sir Winston was pretty special – I suspect you’ll agree – at age 65 and beyond.
Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger are NO spring chickens, though I’d like them to work out a bit more and shy away from certain foods which they “own.” George Burns was a pretty happy gent, and he impacted others into his nineties. Ditto for Billy Graham (R I P).
My recurring theme is that one sorta has to get OLDER, yet he or she can avert getting “OLD.”

We can put life in our years and years in our life – yes?
7 Munificent Steps to Be Well Past Forty.

Onward,
df