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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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Turning 78

In a few days I will reach 78 years of age. While not a seminal birthday, such as 80 or 90, it’s still big enough to lead me to pause and think. My first thought was, “How did I get … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Threat of Diabetes

Rick is a good friend who lives in Estero, Florida, our home for half of the year. Following is his story of overcoming diabetes. “For many years my doctors would tell me during annual physicals that my blood glucose was … Continue reading

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Golfer for Life?

I live in a golf and tennis community in Estero, Florida half of the year; golf is a major activity as well as a major topic of conversation. If asked how long they want to be able to play golf, … Continue reading

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The Winner is Grit

During my business career I was involved in the hiring of many employees, from sales representatives to CFOs and COOs. A search firm would normally ask what qualities I was seeking in a candidate, expecting a detailed list of job … Continue reading

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Mindset: Fixed or Growth?

Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. The focus of the book is on the issue of a fixed or a growth mindset. Those who have a fixed … 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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Nothing to Prove

Recently we had friends over for dinner. The husband, an excellent golfer, was our club champion over ten years ago. He plays with a group of low-handicap golfers that includes several other former club champions. All of these golfers, former … 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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