I am a researcher and writer who also happens to be a lawyer. My website is focused on what we know works to achieve fitness, based upon various bodies of evidence, rather than the latest exercise and diet fads.
At 67-years, my physical condition is my credential. It is evidence that I have done, and am doing, something right; and, increasingly so, there are many others like myself.
When I made the decision to develop a website, I knew that the subject had to be something I was passionate about. It was a no-brainer. Since the age of 18, I was always fascinated by exercise and diet.
At the age of 40, I decided to get an undergraduate degree in biochemistry because I wanted to be involved in researching elite athletes and write about those findings. During my junior year in college, I changed direction and decided to become a lawyer. But, one thing never changed -- my passion and my lifestyle.
For decades I have been asked about my state of fitness. Doctors inevitably ask what I do. Because of the degree of interest, I considered writing a book on the subject, but decided to develop this website instead.
community is decades behind those of us who have experimented with exercise,
diet, and supplements over the years. We may not have understood how something
worked at the time, but we knew that it did because our bodies were, and still are, evidence that certain things produce great results.
Unfortunately, there is also evidence around us that demonstrates how some things do not work – bodies dying or suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases when 70% of those conditions are preventable.
I began lifting weights when I was seventeen-years old because I didn't want to be skinny anymore. Within a year, I was no longer skinny. As a result of that experience, I developed a strong interest in diet and exercise.
A few years later, my doctor was so impressed by the way my body snapped together so quickly after childbirth, he referred some of his female patients to me. How fast was that “snap?” I looked great wearing a bikini two weeks after my first baby was born.
My interest in the benefits of exercise grew beyond mere curiosity.
Around 1973, as the assistant manager of a women’s health spa, I noticed that the women's bodies weren't responding to the cream-puff training program. So, I decided to increase the amount of weight, number of repetitions, and sets. The changes were remarkably better.
During the 70s I was working out in gyms at a time when women were nowhere to be found in weight rooms.
I later became a fitness consultant and aerobics instructor. I knew enough to train competitive bodybuilders and was sought out to judge several bodybuilding competitions. I lost interest in competitive bodybuilding when fine, natural physiques were losing to steroids.
Over the years I consulted with and trained several doctors, who admitted their lack of knowledge when it came to exercise and weight training. They were so pleased with their results that they referred friends, family, and patients to me.
Most medical professionals are clueless about exercise and fitness. This isn't a criticism. It is the result of a lack of emphasis during their training. I could write a book using examples where the medical experts who, over the years, shunned things because, according to them, those things didn’t work. Yet, we now know that they do.
For example, us “health nuts,” or “health fanatics,” as we were disparagingly called back then, were wrong to think that we could derive benefits from using vitamins or certain oils on our skin. Skin, we were told, does not absorb anything deeply enough to benefit us in any way.
Fast forward to today. How many things can you think of that are now delivered through the skin? There are transdermal patches and creams of all kinds. Our skin does absorb things we put on it -- sometimes to our detriment.
I didn't succumb to, “Sweetie, you shouldn’t be lifting such heavy weights. You might hurt yourself.” This is coming from a twenty-something when my 38-24-36, forty-seven-year-old body was doing three sets of twelve flies with 45-pound dumbbells, and three sets of fifteen repetitions on a leg press using 400 pounds.
Then, there’s the proverbial, “You are getting older, you know. Maybe you should slow down a bit – just to be safe.” How absurd is that at a time when I had no indications of any health problems to even suggest a need to slow down? Thank God I never listened to those people or those doctors!
According to the just-catching-up data and the ever-growing bodies of evidence, exertion is essential as we get older.
Fortunately for us, there are doctors who focus on preventative and lifestyle medicine. Current research in the areas of aging and sports medicine is helpful in understanding why certain things do or do not work.
It gets confusing about every five or ten years because the results of research are sometimes conflicting, and the AMA still tends to shift its positions on a regular basis.
I've learned to recognize the fads, and how the 'latest' exercise is actually the same movement we were doing over forty-five years ago – with a new name.
I'm sure you have heard the term "core" exercises. Those same exercises have been around for decades. We just didn't call it "core." In the early 80's, I referred to it as sidewalls of support.
I have been faithful to maintain a great "core" since the early 1970s. Why? Because it provided the needed support to pursue any physical activity without injury. Forty years later, I am proof that it works. The surprising fact, is that my old family doctor advised me to do so in 1973. I will always be thankful to him.
Some of the current books on the market extolling the new-found benefits of exercise may be new-found to the authors, but for thousands of us bio-hackers it has been a given over decades of personal experience and observation -- not to mention doctors who thought outside of the box and were open to preventative and alternative forms of treatment.
Nothing in life is bullet-proof; but, I think it is best to err on the side of decades of undeniable evidence, currently substantiated, staring you in the face.
I used to think that at 67 years of age, I was one of those 'older' individuals who was living proof. I now see that I am quite young among the many examples of people who exemplify the benefits derived from their lifestyle choices.
I have met people in their seventies and twenty years beyond who are still skiing, biking, hiking, and smashing tennis balls around the court.
I hope my website inspires you to soar like an eagle into your sunset years, above the coming storms.
It is never too late to delay, stop, or turn around a deteriorating body.
It's a choice, and there are bodies of evidence that prove it.