The American Senior Fitness Association presents Experience!

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!

Scott Hults photoTo 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:
  • Enjoy sweet potatoes liberally. They're replete with fiber, beta carotene, and more protein than most staple plant foods.
  • Go for fish, too. High in heart-healthy oils, while low in saturated fat, fish is a potent weapon against the development of cardiovascular disease.
  • Have you ever tried brown seaweed? Its pigment (fucoxanthin) is believed to activate a certain protein present in belly fat which, in turn, prompts the oxidation of fat and converts energy into heat. In so doing, seaweed may act to decrease one's levels of the harmful form of cholesterol.
  • How about hempseed oil? Hempseed appears to help thwart arthritis, dermatitis, and type II diabetes. But that's not all. It may also improve one's immune and inflammatory responses and help to regulate blood pressure. And that's still not all. It also contains desirable omega 3- and omega 6-fatty acids. For drug-free, dietary hempseeds and brown seaweed (discussed above), check with your local health food retailer.
  • Have some apricots! They're packed with antioxidants -- specifically, carotenoids -- to help protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Try black currants, too. With a vitamin C content equal to that of oranges and significantly more antioxidants than even cranberries, black currants are great to enjoy in the form of juice straight from the shelves of your local grocery store.
  • The last issue of Experience! heralded some welcome news about dark chocolate: it contains certain healthful components. In fact, its natural amino acids may enhance relaxation and improve concentration! The best way to nibble on dark chocolate is to take it pure -- that is, as cocoa nibs, which you can find at the health food store. These nibs don't include the sugar we've come to expect along with our chocolate treats, but cocoa nib devotees promise they're tasty and satisfying to eat!
  • More interesting news: Dieters who consume at least one bowl of soup per day achieve greater weight loss than those who take in the same number of calories without soup. Why? Nutrient-rich, low sodium soups tend to nourish and rehydrate the body while, simultaneously, helping to flush out useless waste products. A word of caution, however: beware of canned soups stock-full of salt and artificial chemicals. Stew up a healthy, homemade potfull instead!
  • When it comes to popular fluids, which one is the very best, which one is great, which one is fine, and which one's just plain lousy? Pure water wins out as the healthiest drink of all. Another great choice is green or black tea. That's because both of these teas inhibit free radicals and combat hardening of the arteries. Red wine is fine, in moderation, to help preserve heart health. But carbonated beverages get a thumbs down, because bubbly drinks often contain phosphoric acid, which raises one's risk for developing the bone disease osteoporosis.
The News-Journal report also included three additional special tips for healthy eating success:

  • Eat fewer calories overall. Research supports the premise that decreasing one's caloric intake can lengthen one's years.
  • Chew thoroughly. Diners can improve the digestive process by chewing every bite of food 30 times or more before swallowing.
  • The FDA says to have most of your fats and proteins early in the day. Doing so will provide more energy all day through and will even maximize weight loss for dieters. On the other hand, eating the very same foods at night could exacerbate cardiovascular disease, raise blood pressure, and lead one to put on unwanted pounds.

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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