Blood Pressure and Dementia

Given just how scary dementia and Alzheimer’s is for people, it is not a surprise that there are many different things that people are doing to help reduce their odds of getting it or improve   their quality of life once diagnosed. 

One area of interest that makes perfect sense to me is blood pressure. When your blood pressure is high (here is a link to the new updated guidelines) Hint: the definition lowered the numbers considered high), you are putting your circulation system under undo stress and are putting yourself at risk of many things including stroke and one form of dementia is specifically tied to stroke.

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure is an article on NPR.org recently that goes into more detail in this area. 

So what can you do? Obviously have your blood pressure checked regularly. However instead of just checking it every year until it gets too high and then taking a prescription drug, why not get ahead of the game by exercising and losing weight. Exercise is a great way to reduce blood pressure and has many other benefits as well.

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Whole Fat Dairy Turns Out To Be Good For You

Time to get back to whole milk, butter and yogurt

More and more holes are being drilled into the dam that is the low-fat fallacy. And, sugar is more and more becoming the real culprit when it comes to obesity and disease.

This week yet another study pointed toward fat as what is good for us and not what is bad.

According to a recent story in Science Daily, “Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The study, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke — two of the country’s biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.

“Our findings not only support, but also significantly strengthen, the growing body of evidence which suggests that dairy fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase risk of heart disease or overall mortality in older adults. In addition to not contributing to death, the results suggest that one fatty acid present in dairy may lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, particularly from stroke,” said Marcia Otto, Ph.D., the study’s first and corresponding author and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health.

Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, was senior author of the study, funded by the National Institutes of Health.”

Put down that sugar-laden skim milk and get back to the fat to get and stay healthy.

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Should You Be Lifting Weights After 50

Bucket Carry at the 2015 Arizona Spartan Sprint.

Should you be lifting weights after 50?

A recent article in BarBend not only says yes but also recommends the more demanding subset of Olympic Lifting.

For those that don’ know, Olympic lifting is made up of the lifts that are a part of the Olympic Games and include lifts like the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.  This lifts can be fairly sophisticated but with the right coach can lead to enormous gains in strength, mobility and balance.

So why take up weight lifting of any kind after 50?

  1. Muscle mass – Muscle mass naturally declines as you age. However this can be offset to some extent by continuing to lift heavy things. Use it or lose it as they say. You don’t have to Olympic lift to get this however, as you can do other things like just lift rocks or other heavy items in the yard. You could also Powerlift which includes the Bench Press, Deadlift and Squat. The key is that you do something correctly and safely and build up naturally over time.
  2. Functional Fitness – In order to deal with every day life, you need to be prepared to move quickly or in a way that is not natural. Think slipping on the ice or picking up your grand kids. You need to continue to be able to move in your normal range of motion and you need to have balance. All of these things can be accomplished through proper weight training of some sort.
  3. Fun – for the right people in the right environment, weight lifting can be fun. It is also pretty easy to see progress and can be done with other people.

Whatever your situation, you could probably benefit from lifting some weights. So reach out to a coach or trainer if you haven’t done it before and give it a try.

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More Evidence that Exercise Keeps You Younger

In a recent article in the NY Times entitled “How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems Young”, the author Gretchen Reynolds, makes a very interesting statement:

“Together, the experiments [referenced in this article] add to growing evidence that some of our assumptions about aging may be outdated and we might have more control over the process than we think.”

What this means to me is that more and more evidence points to the fact that age is just a number and that if we optimize our nutrition and exercise we can postpone or reverse what we typically identify as inevitable aspects of aging.

What are you doing to keep aging at bay?

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Why Watching the Olympics Can Make You Fat

Full disclosure: I love the Olympics and watch as much as I can every two years.

It is very motivating to see how a strong work ethic, some talent and focused training can createScreen Shot 2016-08-19 at 7.39.45 AM such incredible performances. Especially good are the stories of athletes inspired to become Olympians by watching the Olympics at an early age. The Daily Mail has an article about Joseph Schooling, a young boy from Singapore, who met his idol Michael Phelps at 14 years old and then went on to beat him in the 100m Butterfly in Rio eight years later. Amazing stuff.

The inevitable stories of athletes over-coming challenges to get to the Olympics are great as well.  Today’s NY Times has a story about how an American High Jumper once had to live in her car.  Even Ryan Lochte and his stupid antics can’t tarnish this great institution.

So what’s the problem? It’s the advertising. Envision that we have millions of people watching the Olympics perhaps being inspired to seek a Gold Medal or perhaps just inspired to get off the couch and stop playing videos games to take a swim or a jog around the block.  But then, what do they see in between the games? Advertising for huge amounts of Sugar. Sugar that will inevitably make them fat and sick.

The three major advertisers that I remember seeing most are Coca Cola, PowerAde and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. A 12-ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar. In March 2015, the World Health Organization recommended that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake (approximately 12 teaspoons. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

You read that right. A single can of Coca Cola contains approximately 3/4 of the daily sugar intake recommended by the WHO and 50% more than what they recommend for added health benefits. A 20 ounce PowerAde, owned by Coca Cola, has 7 teaspoons of sugar almost as much as a can of Coke. While admittedly a bigger portion, this is the typical size of sports drink that you see people drinking. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have 8 grams of Sugar or 2 teaspoons per Cup or 4 teaspoons in a typical package of 2 cups. By the way, the Peanut Butter cups were being pitched by Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn.

What’s the message we are sending? If you work hard and stay focused you too can become an Olympian. But in the meantime, eat a whole bunch of sugar and get fat and sick. Don’t worry though because these great athletes you are watching are telling you it is okay.

 

Is Chocolate Milk Really A Great Recovery Drink?

The Tour De France and USA Swimming seem to say yes...

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.26.13 PMThe Tour De France came to its exiting finish today in France. Britian’s Chris Froome won his third Tour. If you watched this year you would have probably seen multiple commercials touting Chocolate Milk as a great recovery drink for athletes. Believe it or not it is actually the official recovery drink of USA Swimming.

Is this really true. Well, milk is not a bad choice as long as you are not lactose intolerant. However, it is the chocolate part that is the problem.

All chocolate milk can be a bit different based on what you use for milk (1%, 2%, whole milk) and what you use for flavoring. Since TruMoo Chocolate Milk touts USA Swimming on their website, let’s use them as a representative of the beverage.

The ingredients found in one (1) cup of TruMoo Chocolate Milk include Low Fat Milk, Sugar, Cocoa, Corn Starch (more Sugar), Salt, Carrageenen (a questionable filler) and then some natural flavors and added vitamins.

There are 18 grams of Sugar which equates to over 4 teaspoons of Sugar in this cup of chocolate milk! This is in one (1) cup remember and a TruMoo bottle actually contains 12 oz.  So, in a typical bottle of TruMoo Chocolate Milk we find 27 grams of sugar or almost 6 teaspoons. This is approximately what the World Health Organization recommends that an adult consume in an entire day. Chocolate Milk is providing as much sugar as you should be consuming in an entire day in one bottle. Doesn’t sound like a great thing to be drinking to recover from exercise.

Additionally the intake of all of this excess sugar creates a massive influx of insulin and inflammation both of which are not a great idea for post exercise. According to Harvard Medical School, “The bolus of blood sugar that accompanies a meal or snack of highly refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, French fries, sugar-laden soda, etc.) increases levels of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.”

Finally, back to that pesky Carrageenen. This filler also seems to be linked to excess inflammation in the body. 

Great. Give me a bottle of refined sugar that ramps up insulin and inflammation just when my body doesn’t need it.

So what do you drink to recover? Try water. If you have been exercising for more than about 2 hours find a drink that provides electrolytes and some protein without all of the sugar.

How about you. What do you drink after a workout?

 

Why these rocks motivate me more than anything else

Rocks. Volcanic Rocks. I picked up these rocks while sitting at the side of the volcanic crater near the top of Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades in Washington State. So why do they motivate me?

Volcanic Rocks from Mt. Baker

Volcanic rocks from Mt Baker

I picked up these rocks while sitting and waiting for my team to go up to the summit of Mt. Baker  and come back while I stayed behind because my legs were cramping and I was exhausted. While sitting there, I thought that I must be dehydrated or reacting badly to the altitude, or maybe just unlucky or as my kind guide said “having a bad day”. But then I realized that there were really only two reasons for not making it to the top. 1) Mental – I was not strong enough mentally and could have prepared better through visualization, meditation or any of the other various ways you can get mentally stronger; and 2) Physical – even though I worked out hard and frequently and tried to do what the AlpineAscents guides told me, I didn’t do enough.

There is one rock by the way next to my bed and one next to my desk just so I don’t forget.

Volcanic crater near the top of Mt Baker

Volcanic crater near the top of Mt Baker

PS. Another thing I learned climbing Mt. Baker is that you can never have too many gallon Ziploc bags.

PSS. If you are considering giving climbing a mountain a shot but want to do it in a controlled and safe way, I would highly recommend calling AlpineAscents International in Seattle. Let me know if you need any more information about Mt Baker or climbing in general.

So what motivates you every day?

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Getting Baby Boomers Moving Again

More Press for BoomerangFit

BoomerangFit is again profiled in the local southeaster Massachusetts press. This time the story was in Sippican Week. The article talks about how we are focused on motivating Baby Boomers and those close enough in agMassasoit State Park 5k 2016 e not to give in to the “inevitable” post 50s decline. You can stay mobile and active after 50 with some people committing to getting back to the shape they were in back in college. It is important to stay motivated, to keep moving and to continue to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

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Outrunning, Out-Climbing Alzheimer’s

Boomerangfit in the News!

Boomerangfit and our upcoming climb of Mt Baker to raise money for the CureAlzheimer’s Fund got some press this week in The Wanderer in southeastern MassArizona Spartan Raceachusetts.

In the article, Jean Perry writes about why we started BoomerangFit. First of all to motivate Baby Boomers to keep focused on staying active and attempting new challenges as we age while at the same time raising money to cure one of the diseases that will do the most damage to our generation: Alzheimer’s.

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Please consider sponsoring BoomerangFit’s climb of Mt Baker to raise money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund by clicking HERE. Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $38,000,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research—the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.

 

Drop 35 Pounds in 4 Months

And be better at your job too

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Keith Krach (via Business Insider)

Losing 35 pounds in 4 months is pretty impressive. It sounds like it could be the title of a late night infomercial, but it isn’t.

This great feat was accomplished by Keith Krach, the CEO of tech company Docusign, and was highlighted recently in an article in Business Insider – Why the CEO of this $3 billion startup just dropped 35 points in 4 months.

What was more interesting is why he did it. “Krach says there wasn’t any clear motivation aside from an open-ended commitment he’d made with his two sons that he’d get in his best physical shape since college before the age of 60.”

This is a commitment we should all be making and is the commitment that is essentially at the crux of BoomerangFit. Lets all commit to ourselves, our families and our friends to get in the best physical shape that we have been in since college before we turn 60 or just pick and age that works for you. This is a fabulous goal and is more doable than most people think.

“Krach’s weight-loss regimen comprised of a strict low-carb/high-protein diet and a daily workout program that involved heavy lifting.”

After losing the weight Krach said that he could “narrow down the benefits to the following three reasons: high energy level, better sleep, and an improved clarity of thinking.”

What commitment will you make to yourself?

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Please consider sponsoring BoomerangFit’s climb of Mt Baker to raise money for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund by clicking HERE. Since its founding, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has contributed more than $38,000,000 to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for a number of key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund supports some of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Fully 100 percent of funds raised by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund go directly to research—the Board of Directors covers all overhead expenses.