January 2, 2007
Table of Contents
Scott "Old Navy" Hults: A Real Winner! (Inspiration for the New Year)
Healthful Eating in 2007 (Nutrition tips)
A Terrific Resolution: Let's Get Physical (The LIFE pilot study)
Our New Year's Reflection (A timely quote)
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Scott "Old Navy" Hults: A Real Winner!
To find a motivational role model who can inspire us to stick with our New Year's resolutions, we need look no further than Scott "Old Navy" Hults!
Not only is Scott Hults a seasoned bodybuilding champion -- he is also the very type of bodybuilder that the American Senior Fitness Association recognizes and applauds: all natural. No illegal steroids or other questionable performance enhancers for this longstanding winner!
Scott is a 63-year-old competitive "natural" bodybuilder who has competed in 16 major competitions during the last two years and has won 32 bodybuilding trophies in his weight, height, and age classes. He is the 2006 FAME WNSO Men's Master 60-Plus World Bodybuilding Champion, and this past year won his Master Pro Card in the NGA (United States) and the IDFA (Canada), two natural organizations.
Scott lives with an ongoing health concern, pre-diabetes, but he says, "I have managed through exercise and diet to stave off the onset of that disease."
He also shares a can-do motto that's ideal for competitive athletes of all ages to keep in mind: "Train Hard. Train Natural."
Scott Hults' story provides a vibrant example to all of us that we don't need "magic" pills, injections, or other suspect substances to achieve outstanding results. With dedication, good nutrition, and effective physical exercise, we can reach our goals -- whether they include packing on more muscle, losing excess fat, improving our health, or simply feeling more active and energetic.
For more information and inspiration, click here http://www.BodyBuildingSenior.com.
Healthful Eating in 2007
Now here's a book all about a concept that's spreading like wildfire: "Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100" by Maoshing Ni, an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine. Recently, several nutrition rules that the author advocated as life-prolonging in an AARP Magazine article were neatly summarized in a report by the News-Journal of Daytona Beach, Florida:
Terrific Resolution: Let's Get Physical
Coordinated by the University of Florida Health Science Center, the recently completed LIFE pilot study on Lifestyle Interventions and Independence For Elders was such a big success that a full-scale clinical trial is scheduled to follow soon.
The pilot study showed that regular exercise can improve older adults' scores on an important test of lower extremity mobility called the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). A low score on that standardized test is a strong indicator of forthcoming disability and/or death. However, even a tiny improvement on the test's score may signal major advances in an older person's ability to perform routine activities of daily living and, also, in his or her overall functioning.
If ever a research project should inspire us to get up and get moving, the LIFE pilot study is it! For details on this project and the larger study to come, click here "With Exercise, Elders Can Improve Weakened Physical Abilities."
Our New Year's Reflection
Now is the perfect time to take stock of the past year and set positive goals for the new. From all of us here at Experience! and the American Senior Fitness Association: Happy New Year to You! We close with some words of wisdom to usher in the great adventure that 2007 will be:
"It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know what you ache for; and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing."
-- Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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