Sunday, July 08, 2012

Resting is Rusting

"No man can stop the clock, but every man can slow its tick. Research shows that many of the changes attributed to aging are actually caused in large part by disuse. It’s new information, but it confirms the wisdom of Dr. William Buchan, the 18th-century Scottish physician who wrote, “Of all the causes which conspire to render the life of a man short and miserable, none have greater influence than the want of proper exercise.” And about the same time, the British poet John Gay agreed: “Exercise thy lasting youth defends.”  Helen Hayes was right when she proclaimed, “Resting is rusting.” Exercise is not the fountain of youth, but it is a good long drink of vitality, especially as part of a comprehensive program."
Exercise and Aging: Can You Walk Away from Father Time?  Harvard Medical School, 2005.  

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
-  Dr. Seuss


Walking: Quotations, Sayings, Poems, Facts, Lore

For those of you who are trying to effectively manage your diabetes, the "Blood Sugar Solution" by Mark Hyman, MD, p. 241, states that "Ideally you should do a minimum of 30 minutes walking every day.  More rigorous and sustained exercise is often needed to reverse severe diabetes and obesity - exercise for up to 60 minutes, 5-6 times a week is often necessary for getting diabesity under full control.  A little is good; more is better."  

The above photograph shows Mike Garofalo standing on North Dome, in Yosemite National Park, California.  Yosemite Valley is behind and below me.  The round trip hike from the Tioga Pass road trailhead to North Dome is about 10 miles with a 2,500 foot elevation gain on the round trip. A vigorous and inspirational day hike. 

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