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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #235 Lesson from Steve.
September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018

In this newsletter . . .

A fitness lesson
from Steve (not Reeves)

Sorry, but this is not about the late, great Steve Reeves. Nevertheless, many may find the information worthwhile.

In the spring of 1985, my daughter brought home a crossbreed puppy nobody wanted. The owner was on his way to the Humane Society with the last puppy in a litter. We named her Steve.

Everyone learned to love her. But as she matured we realized that she suffered pain in her hips. It turned out to be a severe case of hip dysplasia. One veterinarian said she would never be normal and to consider euthanasia. We said no.

We saw another doctor who explained an expensive surgical procedure requiring a veterinary orthopedic specialist. But he suggested, first, reduce her weight by a few pounds and give an anti-inflammatory pill when soreness becomes apparent. “Then let’s see how it goes.”

Steve never required the surgery and lived just two month’s shy of 14 wonderful years. The two of us hiked and backpacked in the mountains of the western United States and a few in Canada.

Not often, but once in a while, she would stiffen up after too much activity and I would give her the medication. The next day she would be fine.

Lesson learned: Often just attaining and keeping normal bodyweight stops pain, even when structural problems are the source. Lugging around extra weight puts unnecessary stress on joints as well as vital organs. With dogs or people, it’s the same either way.

Fitness and proper bodyweight will not cure all problems or illnesses. But it will cure some, and it will make almost all more tolerable.

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People still write to say they’ve gotten frustrated trying to order my book, Living the Fitness Lifestyle. It’s no longer in print. Here’s why. For several years CafePress was my on-demand printer and handler of payments and shipping. It was a wonderful arrangement. Unfortunately, they stopped printing books. I looked around for another service but ultimately decided not to continue offering them.

I’m grateful for people’s interest but don’t like them reaching a dead end at CafePress, and then having to write me to get an answer.

On a more positive note, some time ago I adding much of the book’s contents to my website, and no one has to buy anything to see it. It’s free. A few additions include . . .

The beginners’ workouts (months 2 & 3) of course follow month 1, which has always been on the Senior Exercise Central website. The Basic Supersets Workout, Workout A, and the big arms workouts and Down the Rack should appeal particularly to younger seniors still in the hunt for more muscle mass, along with their basic fitness. Please check them out.

Sincerely yours,


Senior Exercise Central

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Logan Franklin
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