Baby Boomers Health: 12 Tips for Old Guys

Health tips for age 50+ guys. Do these things and the rest of your life can be great. You can live like your fifties until your eighties and beyond. Don’t do these things and the relentless tides of aging will sweep over you and make you weak and sick and kill you early.

It all started when I needed a DVD for my Netflix queue. Despite the title, I selected a recommended movie titled “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross which turned out to be an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health while traveling across America, juicer in tow, and inspiring others to do the same. It featured the benefits of eating better and getting a reboot by juicing. I gave it a try.

About the same time my friend David recommend a book by the title “Younger Next Year” with the sub-title Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond. It sounded like a book for women. I was wrong, it is a book for old guys and a very good one. It features the value of exercise as you age and gives you a plan and what to expect.

I had not set out to loose weight. I have been 203 lbs on my last three annual physicals and to be honest I thought the days of loosing weight were over. But the DVD and the book helped me loose 27 lbs in the last 60 days. Plus I have joined the fitness center in my neighborhood and workout 6 times a week. So by following this free advice it is working for me. So what are the health tips for old guys from these two sources that are proven to work. I will just list them the best I can remember from using them.

Health Tips for Old Guys

1. Cut down on the meat eaten. Fish and chicken are good. Consume more fruits and vegetables. Quit eating crap!

2. Try juicing and drink at least one green drink a day. I happen to live next to a Whole Foods with a juice bar and go there for a green drink every day. Or get a blender and prepare yourself.

3. Rather than 3 large meals try small meals with at least two snacks in between. I do snack at 9:45am and 2:45pm but your schedule may vary. I love a hand full on mixed nuts and cranberries and a piece of fruit for a snack.

4. Watch your portion size, especially with meats.

5. Exercise for 45 minutes a day six days a week for the rest of your life. Two days do strength training and 4 days of cardio. Vary your work outs.

6. Get a heart monitor, join a gym and get a personal trainer.

7. Simply your life and spend less than you make.

8. Shave every day and get regular haircuts.

9. Get some up to date clothes to keep your wardrobe up to date.

10. Be positive and don’t get too negative.

11. Care

12. Stay active and involved with people. Socialization is important and many ways to do that like meetups, clubs, hobbies, senior centers, volunteer and others. Get a project.

Read the book and see the movie for a better explanation and motivation. This works. Why not try it.

Do these things and the rest of your life can be great. You can live like your fifties until your eighties and beyond.

Don’t do these things and the relentless tides of aging will sweep over you and make you weak and sick and kill you early.

Originally posted 2012-09-30 18:07:09.

Boomers: Have You Considered Doing Some Writing?

Have you considered doing some writing?

Baby Boomers are doing more writing these days.  Writing is good for the soul.  Remember as a kid how exciting it was to start a diary.  It can be just as exciting to start writing later in life, in fact I have noticed blogging is a favorite boomer activity.  Many people blog to speak from their heart and to get things off their chest.  It’s something therapeutic about setting down at the computer and letting your thoughts flow out into words.  Writing helps to organize your thoughts and you feel like you are building something.

Some boomers use writing to focus on their lives and experiences and to find their purpose.  WorkingBoomer developed the Boomer Story to do exactly that.

Web businesses are turning out to be a favorite of Boomers to earn some income while working from home and doing something they are passionate about for a change.  While web design and SEO are important, content is king.   Writing some or most of your content is a huge plus and is rewarding both emotionally and financially.   You can build a web site with your content and it will be seen and enjoyed by many for a long time.

You discover with a little research, you can write about almost any subject.  Writing often about a particular subject makes you a mini expert which can develop into the expert on the subject.  When you write about a subject, you find yourself reading about the subject.  You learn and then you share through your own writing.   Writing is a way of giving back.

Some people may be natural at writing but anyone can develop their writing skills.   Just start writing, reviewing and rewriting and that is a start.    Writing about something you are passionate about helps.   There are plenty of resources to help you with your writing.   Some books about writing are a big help.   I have acquired two of these books and will get more.  Reading the writing of others helps too.  You will know good writing when you read it.   There are web forums and on-line courses about writing.

I am just starting to write more and eagerly look forward to reading, writing, and sharing.

Originally posted 2011-02-11 17:48:38.

Beatlemania Now! Baby Boomers Still Love The Beatles

Beatlemania Now! Baby Boomers Still Love The Beatles

Tonight we attended a packed Cobb Energy Center venue to see Beatlemania Now!, a tribute band of The Beatles, the band which defined the music and helped shape the Baby Boomer Generation.

Here are some photos that I took, risking getting kicked out by an over zealous aisle attendant.

Beatlemania Now had plenty of colorful outfits, like these of the Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

 

Young fans with home made poster “We Love The Beatles”. There were three generations of Beatles fans present.

 

This guy did a good job as John Lennon, both looks and with his songs.

 

The Beatles fans really got into the music of Beatlemania Now!

 

This singer did a good job as George Harrison especially with “Here Comes The Sun”.

 

The large video screen in back of the band showed scenes from the 60’s.

 

Tribute singers for John Lennon and Ringo Starr. It was a fun evening and we would recommend Beatlemania Now! if you get a change to see it.

 

Also: Baby Boomer Music – Happy Together Tour
and Photos of The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show

Originally posted 2014-03-30 00:32:05.

Bucket List Travel


Bucket List Travel Can Improve Your Health, Broaden your Perspective, Even Lead You Into New Careers

If travel is something you long for, I encourage you to do it. Don’t let fears or worries stop you.

Study after study reveals that travel is good for us. It’s good for the body and good for the mind. It lowers stress, strengthens relationships and gives you memories for a lifetime.

Whether you like natural beauty (think rivers, mountains, beaches, waterfalls), cultural experiences (think museums, concert halls, art galleries), or historical sites (think battle grounds or presidential libraries), traveling to these places can enrich and enlarge your life in numerous ways.

Want to be amazed? Fascinated? Awed? Travel somewhere you’ve dreamed about but never actually been. Or, return to someplace wonderful you visited decades back and feel the wonder anew.

My husband, Al, and I began to travel in earnest after we were involved in a serious automobile accident in 2012. That wreck brought home to us how fragile life is. How it can be snatched away in a moment, in the blink of an eye. We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams.

Since then we’ve cruised through the Panama Canal, visited the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, ridden on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, cruised the Mediterranean, driven the Blue Ridge Parkway, and cruised the Mississippi River on an honest-to-goodness steam-powered paddle-wheeler.  Next spring, we’ll cruise the fjords of Norway.

We’ve been pleased to learn that travel is associated with lower rates of heart disease, reduced risk of depression, as well as increased brain development. Yes, our brains can develop even at our “seasoned” ages.

Activities such as touring a museum, finding your way through an unfamiliar town,  walking along the beach have positive mental, physical and social benefits.

Traveling develops new skills. And that increases confidence.

When we travel and meet people from unfamiliar cultures, we may find new ways of looking at life. And that can give us a different perspective on things. We may find ourselves growing intellectually and emotionally.

Because travel often includes walking, we may find ourselves actually getting in better shape. We may even lose weight and gain muscle as we hike, stroll, walk or amble about.

Escaping the every-day, if only for a weekend, can energize and renew us.

Travel is fun.

And you never know where your travels will take you. Al and I have made friends we never would have met otherwise. And we found our travels so amazing, that we began to write about them.

So travel has turned us into authors. We write travel memoirs, filling them with all the wit, wisdom, discoveries and surprises we experience on our journeys.            This year, we’re publishing three books about a trip we took in 2014.

 

Cruising the Mediterranean, describes our adventures in  Amsterdam, Venice, Athens, Istanbul and other places. It was named an Amazon #1 best seller in the senior travel category.

Indie Book Reviewers say that the book is “…full of adventure and life and great advice on traveling.”

 

 

Our second book, Finding Ourselves in Venice, Florence, Rome & Barcelona,  was also named a #1 best seller in the senior travel category. In addition, Amazon named it the #1 Hot New Release in Venice travel guides.

In this book, we visit local markets, famous sites, and quiet out-of-the way neighborhoods, staying in Airbnb apartments and using Barcelona’s hop-on hop-off bus to show us around.

Rick Bava, author of In Search of the Baby Boom Generation, said this  about the book: “The beauty of these wonderful places shines through every page.  I recommend it for Baby Boomers and others whose hearts long to travel. You’ll feel like you’re right there…”

And we have a third book, coming out soon: Cruising the Atlantic, Our Epic Journey from Barcelona to Miami.

          I tell you this to underscore how travel can take you places you never dreamed of. Who would have imagined that a wreck caused by a texting driver slamming full speed into us would result in our becoming travel memoir authors sharing our trips with readers around the world?

But there you have it. We’re either writing about a trip, planning a trip, or we’re on a trip, enjoying all the benefits of travel.

At our age, we have the time for travel and we have more money for travel than we had as young adults. Still, we are careful with our travel funds, and try to get the most value for our dollars.

If you have a travel dream, I encourage you to take it.  Travel now, while you can. The Internet can make the trip easier than ever. Nearly every city, state or national park has a website where you can check out tours, lodging, points of interest, even maps of the area.

Do some online exploring, plan with care, fuel your sense of adventure, trigger your imagination, then make your dreams come true.

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments — Al with his camera and Sunny with her reporter’s notebook.  Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. This photograph was taken in an Athens coffee shop, when Al and Sunny ducked inside to escape a sudden downpour.  You can contact the Lockwoods at  sunnyandallockwood@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Originally posted 2016-09-09 08:55:48.

Boomers Can Be Inspired By Reading And Writing

So as we boomers go about our daily routines in life today, don’t forget some of the best in life comes from that which has been around for a long time; Reading and Writing. It has always been a positive action. It is one of the few things that has not changed. So may I suggest that if you find yourself unable to sleep, try reading or writing as I just did. Treat yourself. Be Inspired!

There are times that I wake up in the middle of the night.  I look at the clock and sleep will not come.  Many times, I have read that it is better to get out of bed when this happens.  In order to turn a negative situation into a positive, I find reading or writing helps to quiet my mind.  It is a wonderful way to learn, be inspired or just relax into doing something that is healthy.

Writing  can be a creative way to express one’s own feelings.  When we put thoughts on paper and reread what is written energy is released.  That energy may be positive or negative.  Writing can help us get a better perspective on things that we may want to do.  Actually there are times that we can learn from our own written thoughts.  As we write we may experience pleasurable thoughts.  Memories of times that were buried deep in our minds may surface.  It is a way to express our inter selves.  We may find that it is not only healthy but something that can lead us to positive action.  When writing we can create our own personal world.  Then again we may find that we have written something so creative that we want to share it with others.  The more that we write the better our writing becomes.

Who knows, maybe you will become a well known author like Nora Roberts. You can read more about how Nora Roberts became a great author at www.noraroberts.com.  One of my favorite quotes by Nora is, “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.  If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place.”  Try writing and be inspired.

Reading exercises our mind.  Knowledge leads to greater and bigger things.  Some like to read for pleasure and enjoyment.  We read and become inspired.  It can start us on a road to success. It expands our minds and can motivate us to seek out our true potential.  Reading can lead us to places that we have not been before.  It introduces us to new ways of thinking.  Jack Canfield’s writing is some of my favorite. He is the originator of Chicken Soup For The Soul.  His writings are motivational and inspiring.  In one of his writing he teaches how we can obtain our wants by asking.  Jack explains how we can be trapped by the fear of rejection if we ask and someone says no.  On the other hand, Jack Canfield writes how we can succeed by asking and overcome that fear.  Maya Angelou is another inspiring writer.  I enjoy reading her writings. Maya’s books, poems and autobiography are very inspirational.  One of my favorite quotes by Mary Angelou is, “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.”

So as we boomers go about our daily routines in life today, don’t forget some of the best in life comes from that which has been around for a long time; Reading and Writing. It has always been a positive action.  It is one of the few things that has not changed.  So may I suggest that if you find yourself unable to sleep, try reading or writing as I just did.  Treat yourself.  Be Inspired!

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Originally posted 2011-09-29 10:00:34.

Boomers Participate in Senior Games

Boomers Participate in Senior Games

This week I was a participant in the North Fulton Golden Games, a collaborative effort by 5 local cities that provides a month-long series of Olympic-style events and activities (shot put, discus, one-half and one mile walk, one-mile run, tennis, golf, and bowling) for adults age 50 and older.

Participants compete in track and field events, pickleball, tennis tournament, golf tournament, Bocce ball competition, ball room dancing, swimming and more. I came in first in the one-half mile walk in my age group and enjoyed several other activities. Our senior center helped with sign up and even transportation.

There is a state competition and in my state it is the Georgia Golden Olympics which is scheduled for September 17-20, 2014 in Warner Robins, GA. Every state has a similar event and here a senior games list by state. All this feeds into the National Senior Games Association which will have the 2015 National Senior Games in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul in July 3-16, 2015 in which they are expecting 12,000 athletes ages 50 and up from all over the county.

Here are some photos from our local senior games.

senior games torch ceremony

 

discus throw

 

shot put

 

mile walk
Toss event
football toss – good throw!
frisbee throw
horseshoe
crowd at senior games

National Senior Games will be in Minnesota July 3-16, 2015.

See post about my visit to the Georgia Golden Olympics

Originally posted 2014-05-03 07:39:49.