“I’d Rather Win At Life Than Win A Game” – Positive Coaching Alliance

"I'd Rather Win At Life Than Win A Game" - Positive Coaching AlliancePositive Coaching Alliance

A while ago I wrote a post, entitled, "Are High School Athletics And Academics The Road To A Life-Long Love Of Learning?" Can this ever happen in the USA, I wondered, when parents put pressure on coaches to win, win, win, while judging teachers based on their children's grades? Then I found The Positive Coaching Alliance, which gave me hope. I am of the opinion, being both a fairly successful academic and an ... Read more

What You Should Do To Stay Healthy, Whoever You Are – Listen To Doc Mike Evans

What You Should Do To Stay Healthy, Whoever You Are - Listen To Doc Mike EvansDoc Mike Evans website

Whilst reading an article on blog traffic today, I came across this remarkable video about the most important thing to do to stay healthy, whether you are old or young. Beautifully constructed and presented, by Doc Mike Evans and his video team. It was suggested in the movie that triathlons were not necessarily a good idea, but I think it depends on how you approach them. Ironman triathlons literally saved my life, ... Read more

Meditation Training And Gardening Will Help You Handle The Challenges Of Old Age

Meditation Training And Gardening Will Help You Handle The Challenges Of Old AgeFitOldDog meditates

There is no doubt about the fact that aging is stressful, and developing the tools to deal with it, such as meditation, and a good network of friends and family, can transform a living hell into a delightful life. When I discovered meditation, years ago, I realized that I could calm my mind when needed, with some training. The greater the stress level (which is all in the mind, really), the tougher it is to ... Read more

Exercise To Look Younger, Especially With Your Hat On!

Exercise To Look Younger, Especially With Your Hat On!FitOldDog's friends make it into the newspaper.

You can exercise to look younger, I've noticed, as I continue Ironman training into my 70s. It works best, Deb tells me, when I keep my hat on to hide my white, yes, white, not grey, hair. Exercise-induced youthfulness comes with many benefits, especially when you need to attract a good mate, and keep them. Bit like fishing with the right bait, don't you think? When I was actually young, in my 20s, people ... Read more

Inspiring Elderly Exercise Before You Develop An Elderly Demeanor

Inspiring Elderly Exercise Before You Develop An Elderly DemeanorSpeedPlay YouTube Video image

Inspiring elderly exercise, with an emphasis on body awareness, preferably before you become elderly in your demeanor, is one of FitOldDog's major goals for his readers. Many of my teachers, and some peers, have died already, and other peers are on the way out, but the ones that drive me crazy are the people who could, with a little effort, become so much more active, instead of walking with baby steps. Ah! ... Read more

Be A Good Sport About Your Ironman DNF, Fair Or Not, It Creates Space For Reflection

Be A Good Sport About Your Ironman DNF, Fair Or Not, It Creates Space For ReflectionAfter the Maryland Ironman race 2014

My friends were mad about my recent DNF (Did Not Finish) in the 2014, Maryland Ironman, but, in order to be a good sport, I took it in my stride as a blessing in disguise. Here's my story: The 2014 Maryland Ironman race started at 6:50 am., on a lovely morning in Cambridge, Maryland, in the Choptank river. My race went fine until late that evening, considering the fact that my training had been degraded by a ... Read more

Disappointed With Your 2014 Maryland Ironman Swim Time? Don’t Be!

Disappointed With Your 2014 Maryland Ironman Swim Time? Don't Be!Evening on Chesapeake Bay

Following the 2014 Maryland Ironman swim, especially as I was in the early stages of the bike ride, I heard people commenting on their swim time, and how slow they were. I had no idea what mine was at the time, but it is usually in the 1:15 to 1:20 region, with excursions towards 1:30. But this time it was 1:35, though it felt the same as usual. A quick look at the fluid mechanics of the swim course explained ... Read more

Aortic Disease? Think Before You Kill Yourself, Live A Long Happy Life Instead

Aortic Disease? Think Before You Kill Yourself, Live A Long Happy Life InsteadTwo eagles in flight by FitOldDog.

I love to read, think, exercise, and camp. In short, I want to continue to live a long happy life. But I have aortic disease, meaning that my mainline blood supply is fragile. My aorta is, in fact, held together by a sophisticated tube, made of metal and plastic, an abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft (aka Rupert) (watch the linked video, it's Cook Medical magic). Displace it and death is probable, and I'm ... Read more

Ironman Stories: Talking To Strangers At The 2014 Maryland Race

Ironman Stories: Talking To Strangers At The 2014 Maryland RaceRoxana talks to FirtOldDog in Cambridge Maryland

One of the things I like about attending Ironman races is the way they get me to see new things and meet new people. In fact, I realized on this trip that the Ironman is really all about stories; so many Ironman stories. I decided to postpone my race report for the 2014 Maryland Ironman until I return home, as it will take too much time away from enjoying my trip. Instead I'm writing random thoughts, and will ... Read more

Take Care When Transitioning To Plantar Fasciitis Exercises As You Recover

Take Care When Transitioning To Plantar Fasciitis Exercises As You RecoverPlantar fasciitis exercise to relieve heel pain.

In FitOldDog's treatment for plantar fasciitis, step five (excuse the pun) of the five-step process includes selected plantar fasciitis exercises (demonstrated in the associated videos) to strengthen the arch support system (bones, tendons, ligaments, blood-supply and myoneurofascia). A recent study, reported in the New York Times (kindly sent to FitOldDog by his cycling and science buddy, Rory), indicates that ... Read more

Disclaimer: this publication does not provide medical advice. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.