With the Day of Cupid in our rear-view sights, we can and should still relish those XXXOOO symbols for lovin’ spoonfuls:.
How about the OX paired letters? As in this new Chinese Lunar Year of the OX?
I learn new things every day, such as this is now the Year of the METAL OX, according to CNN.com Travel and fengshui expert, Thierry Chow. Wait wait for her prescient thoughts about syringes and movement – – –
“The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021.
“The ox, …is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.”
I am a big fan of 15-day Festivals to begin a New Year. Although as a Vietnam-era veteran, the synonym TET for Lunar New Year brings back unhealthy memories. This year’s Lunar Festival ends on February 26th – occasionally called the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
As I penned, this is a good time to consider Xs and Os, and sturdy, moving Oxen…
Why don’t we all party on to celebrate this NEW Year of Metal, successful syringe Vaccinations, and Movement as really GOOD medicine?
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How did I choose an overweight, flawed, and boastful character from the Bard for today’s weblog?
Well, February IS Heart Health Awareness Month. Though Sir John Falstaff fell in battle; he likely would have died prematurely from clustered Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) effects or Cardiovascular problems if a battle hadn’t taken him to his fictional grave at Agincourt. And, our tickers’ pumping of oxygen and nutrients to certain male and female body parts is plainly sexual health, or what our World Health Organization (WHO) cites as “an integral part of our overall health, well being and quality of life.”
If you don’t think that the name of this supporting actor is a play on words – consider some Falstaff bawdy-sounding associates:
Ancient Pistol (his sidekick)
Mistress Nell Quickly (from our world’s oldest profession), and
Miss Doll Tearsheet…
Guys – what about ancient pistols? Or flagging mast? Fallen staff? Or that dreaded acronym “ED” for age-related erectile dysfunction?
Bear with me as I cite a book title that rhymes with venus or genus… by Urologist Aaron Spitz, who shares facts about Flags and Blood flow in an 11-minute segment of ED 101. Erector sets decrease steadily with age IF a boomer doesn’t work naturally and diet well to improve his blood flow to erogenous zones.
‘Tis sad yet true that ED increases with age – at about a 10% statistical increase per decade after males’ middle ages. Thus, by age 70, about 70% of the male population experiences chronic ED.
Might there be a holy grail for sexual super-aging without enduring injections, implants, or pumps? Millions of men can certainly hope so. Dr. Spitz cites a pilot study for mice and men taking the natural “neuroceutical” Revactin. Time may tell if this compound is safe and effective…
One of this compound’s natural ingredients is L-Citrulline, which athletes like me take as supplements for increased blood flow and increased levels of Nitric Oxide. Somme who can tolerate Beet Juice and Spinach may eat these Vitamin “Ps” for similar gains.
Let’s review those five root causes of fallen staffs:
Narrowed arteries: if you believe in early warning signs, ED may actually be a lifesaver if you act before a cardiac event or stroke occurs!
Lower sensitivity, thus more stimulation may be warranted before carnal knowledge can be found.
ADAM – remember manopause caused by lowered testosterone [T] levels? We acknowledged and considered ADAM in an important KABOOMER appendix… ADAM is the acronym for Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male.
Oxidative Damage from poor diet, stress, environmental toxins, or even exercise. Bodily capacity to produce Nitric Oxide (the good “NO”) decreases with age, converse to accumulated increases in free radical damage.
Excessive drug use or alcohol consumption.
Quoting Appendix C of KABOOMER:
“Testosterone or “T” is an organic chemical messenger
(C19H28O2) with just carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Nothing
too sexy about those elements?! This controller is generated
by male testes or by female ovaries, plus adrenal glands for
all. Unless an abnormal factor arises, all of us should produce
“T” until we stop breathing, though in diminished levels
as we age. Testosterone is hopefully, and naturally, present
in the right concentrations for both men and women who wish
to maintain and build skeletal muscle, and to support red blood cell production.
And to churn butter better, bandicoot,
belly-bump (for one position), or better dance in the sheets.
Remember Mr. T on television’s A-Team? Well, the real Mr. T
as a KABOOMER suggests that we “Pity the Fool” who doesn’t
work naturally to boost his or her T. This alphabet letter T is
key to the livelihood of both genders. Yup…
Takeaway? Resistance training (with diet and sleep) can offset andropause effects on us … Lift. Work. Sinews. Vigor.
Viagra may not be necessary if you hit the weights, eat clean,
Dr. Spitz asserts that “it’s never too late.” KABOOM.
Gents: Please don’t emulate Falstaff, who try as he might, didn’t please two ladies in Merry Maids of Windsor.
Stay lean and fit to please your bandicoot partner for far longer than your peers.
Perhaps you, like I occasionally enjoy natural peanut (or another nut) butter on whole-grain bread. Satisfying macro-and micro-nutrients!
Let’s consider another and very important PB&J – that is Protecting your Bones and Joints!
I commend to you this PB&J February 1st blog from the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT). Yes, you may recognize that blogger :).
Though it was penned for certified personal trainers’ focus, the blog’s PB&J themes are directly relevant to us KABOOMERs who intend to thrive and strive into our 90s – right?
“be aware of, and situationally suggest fitness and wellness steps to reduce older clients’ risks for joint pains, poor posture, “inflammaging“, or (a subclinical inflammatory readiness, manifested by elevated levels of pro-inflammatory factors) and potential broken bones. Heightened awareness is key, as this public health message stated, “At least half of the age-related changes to muscles, bones, and joints are caused by disuse.”
A client’s bone density is only one skeletal issue for “PB&J.” Another issue is to help improve a client’s biomechanics to reduce lifestyle-related risk factors while encouraging her or him to use motion, rather than lapse into “disuse.” Even an elder sneeze can cause a bone break if porous bones are weak.” Oy!
Keep up the appropriate impact exercise to maintain calcium density in those amazing “honeycomb” bones of yours. Do your best to maintain Collagen levels as you age.
Repeat after your Koach, “Disuse is an evil cause of “porous bones” aka osteoporosis. Be an “unbroken” outlier by protecting your bones and joints. KABOOM.
ps – Vaccinations matter for our common good.
PLEASE keep your eyes and ears peeled for accessible opportunities to “get pricked.” Help counter that darned SARS virus.
And – learn from a most compelling test case of what works – the National Football League. From a WSJ article today, medical and public health experts report that these four defensive factors help to keep us safe by lowering viral exposure risk:
Dr. Allen Sills offered, “We had to be more precise in our definition of high-risk close contacts because clearly transmission could occur outside those basic boundaries of time and distance.”
I am sincere in my offer to help you achieve your fitness and wellness goals, and to stay safe!
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I commend to you this blog post about Waist to Hip Ratios (WHR).
Why? Body Mass Indices (BMI) do notcredibly gauge healthy body composition for many Americans – female and male. If you are a muscular, “big boned” KABOOMER – BMI might label you as a statistically overweight or fat person, even though your measired body fat is impressively low!
Most of our body dimensions and ratios shapes are different than Barbie’s hourglass figure or and Ken’s ectomorph physique. Yet – most of us can and should strive to be more “Pear-like” rather than Apple-shaped. Repeat after your Koach: Good Pears, Bad Apples!
Table A1: World Health Organization cut-off points and risk of metabolic complications Indicator Cut-off points Risk of metabolic complications
Waist circumference >94 cm (M); >80 cm (W) Increased
Waist circumference >102 cm (M); >88 cm (W) Substantially increased Waist–hip ratio ≥0.90 cm (M); ≥0.85 cm (W) Substantially increased
M, men; W, women
Assuming that we KABOOMERs want to avoid or mitigate Metabolic Complications from central fat – we must know the risks and work to change our WHRs. Click here to gauge your WHR:
Oh, the G O A T is old and gnarly… and brimming full of fight . . .
No, I didn’t select this blog title because of my college mascot (Navy’s Bill the Goat).
My First G O A T:
Like many others, I moan the recent passing of major leaguer Henry “Hank” Aaron into the eternal Field of Dreams. This gent and baseball Hall of Famer excelled, year after year, in those days of higher pitching mounds, and before the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) that benefitted more recent sluggers like Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds. And, Henry Aaron surpassed the Home Run numbers of Babe Ruth while coping with too many death threats because of his skin color. God rest ye – Hank – as my Greatest of All Time hitter in America’s past time.
G O A T #2 – Tom Brady. I’ve only rooted for “TB12” three times in his unworldlyG O A T football career:
His rookie year upset of “The Greatest Show on Turf” – those St. Louis Rams in a Super Bowl win almost 20 years ago.
His veteran upset win in a later Super Bowl vs the Pete Carroll-led Seattle Seahawks. Why? My University of Southern California pride was damaged when Heisman trophies were removed from USC trophy rooms for NCAA misdemeanors when Carroll was the Trojans Head Coach.
Yesterday’s exciting game WIN vs. the home team Green Bay Packers and “All State’s” Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Championship game. TB12 wasn’t perfect, throwing 3 interceptions in 3-straight second-half possessions. Yet TB12 is leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl LIV. Just Win, Baby, as Al Davis used to say…
Here is my chilly Foxborough Fist Bump with a larger than life Tom Brady:
As a long time liker/disliker of Mr. Brady – I call your attention to the SUSTAINED PEAK PERFORMANCE mantra in this image.
Here is one more – Argentina’s Lionel Messi – for sustained peak performance in our world’s most popular sport (futbol):
Lady KABOOMERs – contact me for my list of GREATESTs of your gender. In the Wayback time machine- I’d offer Babe Didrickson Zaharias as a bellwether GREAT. But wait, there are more!
For both Mars and Venus types – Why not refocus YOUR developed and persisting habits on YOU in 2021?
When your physical bank is robust – you can and will maintain a fitness age that is lower than your calendar age.
And please remember – you can slow down subversive senescence and sarcopenia – like Henry Aaron and Tom Brady, and your own Greatest of All Time (GOAT) heroes.
Be your own youthful, gnarly goat that is brimming full of youthful fight!
What better day to pen healthy thoughts about Leche or Lait or Dugdh or Halav [or Milk] than today as National Milk Day?
America’s dairy farmers will love us more :).
True Dat: We humans are alone among mammals; consuming milk after our baby and early toddler phases.
Obviously, Mamma’s milk is a WHOLE FOOD with macronutrients, micros, and water to help a baby or toddler grow. Think of two key proteins: whey and casein. And carbohydrates. Plus vital CALCIUM. Consider the table of nutritional information here:
Three quick comments about those main proteins in milk:
Whey is quicker for humans to digest.
Casein is slower-acting.
Each has about the same replenishment merit after a KABOOMER’s athletic performance.
Sadly, some infants, youths, teens, and adults have trouble digesting natural milk. Our National Institute of Health suggests that 30 million to 50 million Americans may have this difficulty. Lactose intolerance from cow’s milk and possibly other dairy products can be problematic. If a human’s small intestine [“gut”] produces insufficient amounts of an enzyme called Lactase – bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other side effects happen when milk’s sugar isn’t absorbed. Oy.
Intolerance is NOT Equal!
We have more trouble with lactase production and digesting milk’s lactose as we age. Some ethnic groups have it tougher. Some unfortunate folks with digestional problems, perhaps Crohn’s Disease have sadder experiences with dairy foodstuffs. And, some folks enduring cancer treatments may also have higher
I worry if folks think that “substitute” milk – such as almond or soy “milks” are relied upon for macronutrients. These “healthy” substitutes usually lack the quality and quantity of protein macros that the real thing offers. Micros – generally – yes. Macros – not so much… Please be a canny label reader to know what you’re ingesting.
For the majority of baby boomers – Dairy products are wonderful nutrition. Think Bone Density, particularly for lady boomers. Think of Muscle metabolism. Think Energy Density of foodstuffs.
If you asked a National Team rower what is a near-perfect drink after a tough practice – you’d probably get the answer – Chocolate Milk. Guess what Koach Dave drinks after a tough session or between multiple daily workouts? Right you are.
You can choose a low-fat version of an excellent replenishment drink if wanted or needed. I enjoy my 2% fat chocolate milk – regularly. Low-fat milk has a great ratio of protein to carbohydrates. And, it tastes good to me.
What about raw, unpasteurized milk? I have trouble digesting raw milk. I believe that others, like author Mike Geary, can drink raw milk safely (without high alarm for bacterial infection). We got to now from forbears that drank raw milk before Louis Pasteur and Franz von Soxhlet did their “heated” magic 130 years ago.
Tuberculosis was a demographic killer!
My choice? I’ll stay with pasteurized milk that is WITHOUT added chemicals.
On the subject of other beverages: many folks have bought into a”DRY” Januaryfor possible health reasons. More power to those who choose to skip a social cocktail or a post-workout brew. Do Blue ZOME centenarians generally go DRY in their January months? I think not. The root question for each of us is this:
What is our motivation for imbibing?
If COVID and dark wintry days cause an adult to experience downward moodiness, then a Dry Month can help some skip alcohol and a coping crutch.
As Satchel Paige offered, moderate, moderate, moderate... I once read of an American centenarian’s approach:
Have one social drink a night. So make it a GOOD one :).
If you’re a podcast fan, here are some newaudio chats between some great hosts and yours truly.
Yes, the titles seem a bit eclectic.
Yet I’m still the same KOACH…
Aging Greatfully: Dispatch PAIN in the pASSt (Thank you Holley Kelley for a redux session)
Number Seven is the most popular number picked when folks are asked to name their FAVE… Pinball machines and dice games often celebrate LUCKY SEVENS…And there is even a ballad called LUCKY SEVENS by The Mechanism band:
“Well, the Lucky Sevens, they rule the streets
The dice are loaded an’ they play for keeps
The fire burns bright
In the cool, dark night
When the Sevens are in luck.”
Let’s ponder 7 Sevens with relevance for KABOOMERS on this ultimate day of a calendar year which many sources offer was horrible, awful, and tragic. Let’s create our own luck, good fortune and rule our streets as we play for keeps!
Unplanned pandemic deaths of both commoners and big-name personae added up to natural mortality causes to make 2020 a deadly numbers year. Since Thanksgiving, our great nation has said goodbye – every day – to mortal numbers that exceed either Pearl Harbor or 9/11/2001 World Trade Center deaths.
I tried to do my part with public service announcements in this weblog and in varied podcasts for HANDS, MASKS, and SPACING [H-M-S].
I suspect that many who dislike these personal privacy matters will queue up for vaccines just the same when their category is called upon?! Short term symptoms and long-tail awful afters make COVID-19 our once-a century plague. But I digress . . .
On this Seventh Day of Christmas – even if you can’t locate:
Credit: Matt Cook on Dribble
Our First Seven – let’s start with those “7 S” elements of your KABOOMER’s Physical Bank. Six pluses and one thief – STRESS.
Credit: KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your 90s
2. Seven #2 – The 7 Deadly Sins. Many boomers remember Gilligan’s Island as do I. One of 2020’s big names CoVID-19 deaths was Dawn Wells: the actress who played Mary Anne in that hit show. Do you buy into a linkage of 7 Gilligan’s Island castaways to the “Seven Deadly Sins” as fact? Even a trusted radio channel (NPR) argued for a dark side to this comedy.
Mary Ann represented ENVY as a Sin. Do you know what Koach Dave offers about this sin?
Don’tEnvy or covet other’s success or good fortune.
Do invest and gain your unique assets for your own physical bank. And, be grateful as you build your chart of accounts.
NPR writer, Lindsay Totte, made a key observation which reflects Tom Cahill’s “YOU VERSUS YOU” predicament which many find in themselves,
“…each of us has our own inner Gilligan, that sweet-natured, well-meaning part of us that
always sabotages us from getting what we really want.”
Perhaps we can ask ourselves 7 questions as we start the Roaring 20s tomorrow on 01/01/2021:
What do I really want?
What stands in my way from gaining that?
How can I look at the man or woman in the mirror as a Gainer? Note: This Gainer meaning comes sfrom the Cambridge Dictionary, rather than the Urban Dictionary! I’m not speaking of weight gain…
Am I committed to working on my livingto100 calculator?
Will I lower my fitness age to party past ninety?
Do I place as much focus on my Physical Bank accounts as I do on my fical 401(K) accounts?
Do I live a Stamininety mantra that MOTION is MEDICINE?
3. Third Seven (not to be confused with that regional bank – Fifth Third…)
Mimic Morpheus with about seven hours of restorative sleep. Reboot your Sleep habits with KABOOMER hacks, and/or check out credible Sleep Science!
4. Seven Characteristics can keep you STRONG, emotionally STRONG, to max out your Mind-Body-Alignment (what your Koach called “MBA”). Consider these 7 KABOOMER life skills that can help you and me in our activities of daily life:
c. Self Realization
f. Humor, and
g. Be Like CELEBS(see your Stress-not Chapter of KABOOMER for details).
5. Seven possible Epitaphs of Luminaries who departed us in 2020:
“In the standing on one leg with eyes closed test, men and women were able to hold the position for less than two seconds were three times more likely to die before the age of 66 than those who could hold it for 10 seconds or more”
f. Shoulder Girdle Strength –
g. Crunches or Bent LEg Situp (or equivalent Core exercises if a KABOOMER has lower back issues)
7. Seven Work(out) from Home Necessities
a. Sweatpants (the new office casual attire for Pandemics)
b. Non-BPA water bottles
c. Comfy and cozy slippers or wild socks
d. Get outside for your Vitamin D3 – whenever, wherever…
e. Get in touch with Nature
f. Take warm, Epsom-slat baths (adding essential oils if you desire) – 90 minutes before shutout time
g. Celebrate each daily orbit as best you can while acknowledging that you can’t change why bad things can happen to nice folks.
I wish I was in Pasadena for a Tournament of Roses spectacle tomorrow. Shucks. And, the Rose Bowl may be re-christened the Yellow Rose of Texas Bowl – Shucks again.
Tomorrow is a blessed WRAP! Peggy Noonan’s premier summary of a most horrible year can be read here. Yet, KABOOMERs are glasses-half-full types, and we NEVER WASTE CRISES…
Here’s to vaccines, public health, America’s common good, gratitude, and KABOOMing in our imminent New Year. And – here’s to your Significant leverage of MOST THINGS SEVEN (skipping ENVY as a Deadly Sin) to Party Past Ninety.
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2. I share with you one of my favorite BOXING DAYtunes – by a local San Diego Group – Blink 182.
When it comes to your KABOOMER wellness – it is always good to recall these BLINK lyrics:
“Reignite like fireflies, like an atom bomb
At all hours…”
As we bid adieu to 2020 – here’s my challenge to you . . . REIGNITE to Thrive and Strive!
3. Compliments of San Diego County’s Aging and Independence group, and Kim Gallo – please take these noble GRAPES to heart and action for your Roarin’ Twenty decade:
G – Gratitude
R – Relax
A – Appreciate
P – Pleasure
E – Exercise and
S – Socialize.
As Ms. Gallo offers,
aim to keep perspective and to introduce healthy
and balanced thoughts throughout the day.
…Regardless of how we feel in any
given moment, we can make the choice to take action that
aligns with our values. For example, if health is something you value, there may be small steps you can take to look after
your health in regard to exercise, diet, sleep, or alcohol use…”
On this ultimate Sunday in a most unusual year – GRAPES is a darned good homily.
Should you not find a FEELING FIT or Silver Sneakers Hui nearby – >
do START YOUR OWN group to help you party past 90!
Now, as you get it “just right” – enjoy GLOGG (the Swedish mulled wine), and/or try a Swedish “snapsvisor” drinking tune – for non-fermented Julmusts, or schnapps[snap], aquavit, or another Svenska adult beverage to warm your cheeks as our thermometers dip.
Advisory – if Eggnog is your Christmas warm-up of choice: remember the added sugar, raw eggs, and total KCAL when something with proof is added! Moderate and portion control – please…
I love Sweden – that northern exposure nation known for its:
I admired Sweden when her small patrol gunboats ushered “my” USN Frigate a little further beyond territorial limits. I admired the Swedes for their “Whiskey on the Rocks” denial of a Soviet Submarine in the Cold War that we boomers endured.
Sure, there isn’t a single factor in population mortality studies. Yet this Koach believes that lifestyle IS a longevity factor! Three+ years of living longer and better is another thousand rises-and-shines to make this world a better place- Right?
Call to Action: Go Get your outdoor-oriented, balanced low-fuss bonus of a THOUSAND days!
Swedes aren’t perfect (just check on the fate of the warship VASA). Yet, they love nature, excel in winter activities, and have Christmas customs which are near and dear to this Scotch-English admirer. Doesn’t Helan Gar sound more festive than “chug-a-lug” or “bottoms-up?” I’m not promoting big-headed binge drinking in the 212 days of XMAS. Rather, I am suggesting that singing and convivial party tunes are good for our mindsets, de-stressing, and constitutions… Note to self – Helen Gar my 4 oz low-calorie Eggnog as I check for coal in my stocking this Friday 🙂
Yes, Buts are verboten. We are blessed with cold-weather clothing that can be very affordable. Yes, AND winter moves are great moves. KABOOM.
Some of us, like me, have a slighter higher Neanderthal code in us – honest! There are indeed some downsides to our slightly higher Neanderthal roots (like being prone to depression). Speaking of age-and health-sapping depression – – – Swedes of Boomer Age have lower depression rates than do we Americans. Right! A lower incidence of depression, according to statista.com and NiH.gov sources, despite much longer winter nights in Scandinavia. One common note about elder depression in our comparative countries: Women are more prone to depression than us men. Oy.
Here’s to your”just right” Lagom in the healthy seasons ahead!
If I can help your balance, pace, and fuss-not lifestyle levels as you begin your Nuevo Ano – please Call me – Maybe.
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Thinking of December sixteenths in history – I can pinpoint two extraordinary anniversaries that still impact our topsy-turvy world…
Brewer patriots had their Boston Tea Party in 1773. We know what those rebel yells led to!
The Battle of the Bulge began on this date in 1944 around the quaint town of Bastogne, Belgium. When life was precarious for our fabled, yet outmanned and outgunned 101st Airborne, General A. McAuliffe offered one of the mojo mottos of all time – “Surrender? NUTS!”
That, as we look in our rearview mirrors, is history. Now, a rhetorical query time . . .
Is there a Better time spot to start our own EXTRAordinary history channels?
Think of these pandemic Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Festivus days as best ever times to establish the important differences between ordinary and extraordinary performance.
If not me, who? If not now, when?
Recall how I differentiated between two notional Baby Boomers – Decent Deb and Great George in KABOOMER.
Sure, Decent Deb did her minimum and hoped for better days. Great George stretched for a little bit EXTRA to stay EXTRAordinary.
George’s Gym or Fitness Age is far lower than his calendar age. And that can be exciting personal history.
Many of us can stretch out to build our extraordinary physical banker portfolios too! Trust your Koach.
Listento your Koach, too, finding discretionary time to invest in an information-rich podcast or two. We could be seeing an added DECADE of your personal history – and a quality-filled history – as your Physical Bank Portfolio grows. KABOOM.
This podcast is also available on other major podcast portals – Apple, Google Play…
My analog calendar advises me that we’ve got just eight days and a wake-up until Christmas 2020. What better time will there be to write your non-fiction greatness?
Be a KABOOMER EXTRAordinaire! Strive to be a Great George. Find your “NUTS” chutzpah like McAuliffe did. Yes, You Can!