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Old 01-20-12, 06:13 PM   #1
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Images of what happens to your muscle mass

"It is commonly believed that with aging comes an inevitable decline from vitality to frailty. This includes feeling weak and often the loss of independence. These declines may have more to do with lifestyle choices, including sedentary living and poor nutrition, than the absolute potential of musculoskeletal aging".

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Old 01-20-12, 06:53 PM   #2
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Wow, what a difference! Certainly motivational.
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Old 01-20-12, 07:24 PM   #3
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As my doctor says "Use it or lose it".

I look at several of my friends who are the same age and they wouldn't dream of getting on a bike. Many of them do no exercise at all Even walking would help but they say they aren't able.....I say they aren't willing!

Good to see the examples you showed. It gives me more motivation to keep at it.
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Wow! No wonder guys in their 60s are competitive with riders young enough to be their grandchildren. Now, all I need is to find the time between a full-time job and night teaching to do some decent training.

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Old 01-20-12, 08:34 PM   #5
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Back when I was into distance running, I bought my first issue of Runners World, April 1990. In it was an article entitled "Use it, or Lose it: The Long term Benefits of Aerobic Exercise". The article went on to explain how heavy aerobic training radically slowed down the aging process and caused things like an increase in ones IQ. The article was a life changer for me and caused me to get very serious about physical training and taking care of myself.
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Wow, talk about "a picture is worth a thousand words." Makes me glad I took up cycling last year at the age of 54. Even though I was not in bad shape to begin with, I am seeing a lot of very positive improvements in my physiology.
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An other reason so tangible to keep moving, one may possibly not live longer but the quality of life is so much better with a functioning, healthy and efficient body!

Thank you for sharing
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If only I can get my waistline to look like that. These last five pounds just don't seem to want to go.
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The Horror! The Horror!

Reminds me of my mother decades ago using an object lesson as motivation, "See, if you don't do (X) you'll end up like that man over there", as the horrified but fascinated 6 year old stares wide eyed.
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Good stuff! I think most of us pretty much knew that, but the pictures are powerful motivators. I worked out in the gym just a tiny bit harder today.
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Going to a reunion where you see a lot of your same-age peers who seem to be about 20 years older than yourself can be a good extra prod, too
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Absolutely ! Better keep moving!!
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Cynic that I am, I bet those photos were doctored.
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Going to a reunion where you see a lot of your same-age peers who seem to be about 20 years older than yourself can be a good extra prod, too
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Cynic that I am, I bet those photos were doctored.
No, they were photographed by a doctor.
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Going to a reunion where you see a lot of your same-age peers who seem to be about 20 years older than yourself can be a good extra prod, too
Getting hit on by all their wives doesn't hurt much either....
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