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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #178. Staying strong and fit is paramount.
May 01, 2016

May 1, 2016

In this newsletter . . .

Spring is in the air

Boomers and Seniors are a huge, fast growing market

Spring is in the air

Apologies to Alfred Lord Tennyson, but spring is the time when a man’s (or woman’s) fancy turns to rectus abdominis. Yes, that’s right, the abdominals. The gut. The abs. Maybe even a six-pack. Summer is on the way and we’re reminded: No one likes love handles or a jelly-belly drooping over one’s belt-line.

Here’s the thing: You don’t need an actual six-pack to be fit and to look good. But you do need to trim off excess fat and be firm. For those who insist, six-packs are an option, too, if they choose to go all out. Either way, the path to a strong, firm, trim midsection is right here.

But caution: There are plenty of bad ideas that promise to eradicate belly-fat. The crazy stuff is all over the Internet. Even some personal trainers, who should know better, continue to pitch things like spot reducing. Well, it doesn’t exist. I’ll say it again: Spot reducing doesn’t exist. Don’t waste your time. Get honest information about what’s real and what is not, right here. And it’s free.

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Boomers and seniors are a huge, fast growing market

Doing nothing now to build and maintain strength and fitness invites the consequences of frailty and decrepitude and—most important—loss of independence in later life. -anonymous

To sell us goods and services, advertising copywriters must know the needs and concerns of a graying population. For example, they know that two of our major concerns are: 1) Will I have enough money for a comfortable retirement? And 2) will I stay healthy enough to enjoy it?

Regarding the first concern (money), I’m not a personal finance expert. But I have seen what happens to people who disregard financial planning for their retirement years. I have no axes to grind. I don’t sell insurance, stocks, bonds or mutual funds. I'm a fitness advocate. However, I do have a few thoughts about money matters, for the curious who care to look.

To the main topic . . .

Advertising that addresses senior health and fitness is often about long-term health care insurance or vitamin supplements. But who says anything about what happens to us if we lose muscle mass? Not so many. Though it is a very serious matter.

Sarcopenia is that strange looking Greek word meaning “poverty of flesh.” It is what we see in the elderly who are bent over and tottering from a combination of osteoporosis and the wasting away of muscle tissue (sarcopenia). It won't happen to me, you may think to yourself. In our youth, most of us couldn’t imagine ever being old. In the words of a country song: "I’m ten feet tall and bulletproof."

Yet aging starts earlier than we think.

Inactive men and women over age 30 slowly lose muscle tissue every year. At about age 50 the loss starts happening faster. After age 65, it accelerates even more. Visit a nursing home and witness its ultimate toll. Loss of muscle mass is often an underlying reason many end up there, and remain dependent on others.

We are going to age, all of us. We are going to get old. Yet with regular activity – particularly resistance exercise -- we really can apply the brakes. To a large extent, we can keep sarcopenia at bay. With good nutrition and resistance training, there is a good chance of retaining a decent degree of strength and fitness right up to the end of life.

On the other hand, poor eating habits and a do nothing lifestyle will greatly accelerate our decline. The choice is ours. It’s a great life. Make a great choice. Get a barbell, dumbbells, a kettlebell, or resistance bands. Give sarcopenia a good, swift kick. It’s one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and your family.

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Newsletter Policy

The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter is a free publication sent twice monthly to subscribers. The purpose is to provide honest and realistic fitness information for people age 50 and above.

I have never been paid or received compensation of any kind to write a positive review or endorse a product. If I say that I personally use a product or service, it is because I find value in it and have paid for it with my own money.

Like newspapers, magazines and television, this newsletter and my web site contain advertising and marketing links. Naturally, I am compensated for these.

The newsletter and web site provide information to help users establish and maintain a fitness lifestyle. But fitness information is not the same as fitness advice, which is the application of exercise and dietary practices to an individual's specific circumstances. Therefore, always consult with your physician for assurance that fitness information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate for you.

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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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