Aerobics Blog

These articles are about the benefits of aerobic exercise.

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

I’m writing this a few days before I turn 79 and a few days after my annual birthday bike ride. We started the tradition of cycling my age in miles in 2007, when I turned 70. We continued the tradition … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Get Easier

Most of us have learned that many of the things we like to do get harder to do as we age. This applies to exercise and sports but also to many other activities. At the end of a long trip … Continue reading

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Blame it on the Nervous System

My son Michael and his wife Michelle live in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. Visits with them are always great fun. We enjoy cycling, hiking and eating in fine restaurants. The problem is in the hiking – in … Continue reading

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What’s Your Fitness Age?

Years ago a speaker at a conference asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” While an interesting question, there’s nothing scientific about the answer, likely more what age we would like to be. … Continue reading

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What About Telomeres?

A telomere is a short stretch of repetitive DNA at the end of the DNA strands that make up the chromosomes. Three scientists – Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak – won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or … Continue reading

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Getting Older, Work Harder

Members of my cycling group in Southwest Florida have a tradition of riding a century, or 100 miles, once a year. We started this about 10 years ago. This year we had a total of eight cyclists, ranging in age … Continue reading

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Jack Up Your Heart Rate

I recently read A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus, MD, a respected doctor and author. It consists of short chapters of one to two pages, each providing a suggestion for living a healthy life. One of … Continue reading

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Fitness Beyond 50: Intensity Trumps Time

We’re all creatures of habit. We like to do things that we’re comfortable with based upon having done them in the past. It’s a lot easier to do that than undertake something new, something outside of our comfort zone. When … Continue reading

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Fitness Beyond 50: Janet’s Story

Janet visited my website and sent me an enthusiastic email. That led to my asking her if she would mind sharing her story of fitness and healthy eating. Here it is. “I am 62 years old. I come from a … Continue reading

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Exercise: Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Participants in any sport fall into one of three categories: competitive, committed or recreational. When it comes to fitness, it’s not necessary that you be competitive, but you do need to be committed. The cyclists on a recent 25-mile charity … Continue reading

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