Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oh Yeah, Exercise

I'm sneaking in a post today since I'm not at work. Something I have been putting on the back burner for awhile as I watch the rest of you run, pump iron, zumba, box...


I just renewed my gym membership for another year. I would estimate that I paid about $20 a visit for the number of visits I made last year. No excuses. I also have a full workout room in the basement. Don't use it either. We have a frozen canal here in Ottawa where people put on skates and skate for miles. Not me, unless I can have a Beaver Tail (donut type confection) covered in cinnamon sugar. Snow shoes and cross-country skiis sitting in the basement. Not used this year either.

I actually have always exercised since my 20's. Not to lose weight. It just didn't happen. But to feel better and to shape my body. It is needed now. The jiggles and lumps are appearing as the fat disappears. Toning is desperately needed. And maybe a little firming. But motivation? Where are you? 

Just when I thought I was hopeless this picture and article appeared on the front page of our newspaper on Monday:

The true secret of youth? Exercise
Treadmill program reverses signs of premature aging in mice, study finds.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Canadian scientists appear to have proven that you can, in fact, run away from old age. In what could stand up as the most powerful evidence yet that exercise prolongs life, a study by McMaster University researchers in Hamilton found that signs of premature aging were halted — and even reversed — in virtually every tissue and organ in the bodies of exercised mice. (now this must be true since McMaster is my Alma Mater)  
The finding, which could be a turning point in antiaging medicine, suggests the proverbial fountain of youth won’t come from a pill or from an exotic berry from the Amazon, but rather plain old exercise.
Mice genetically altered to age faster were forced to run on treadmills for 45 minutes, three times a week (imagine those tiny little treadmills!). Five months later, the mice looked as young, healthy and active as wild-type mice while their sedentary and same-aged siblings were balding, greying and shrinking. While the exercised mice scampered and scurried about their cages, the aging non-runners huddled in a corner, barely moving.

Epidemiological studies in humans have shown that people who are physically active or exercise regularly have fewer chronic diseases and tend to live longer — runners especially.

But, the message is “it’s never too late” to start exercising. (I think they got a little wheelchair for the mouse on the right.) 
Soon I will be 57 (March 15th). I think I would like to look more like the mouse on the left than the haggard looking one on the right. I will get my @ss to the gym. Really. So for any of you still contemplating whether exercise in any shape or form is a benefit, just look at the picture. Who wants to actually look old!

I'm now waiting for the drunken mouse experiment. You know the one where they let mice drink two glasses of wine a day to see if it really does lower cholesterol. I'll keep you all posted.


amandakiska said...

I am a regular exerciser and I can't imagine my life without it. When I hear people like you talk about not wanting to do it, I always wonder if perhaps you are trying to force yourself to do an activity you don't enjoy. Gym workouts aren't for everyone. I haven't set foot in a gym through this entire process. I walk and ride my bike. I do a little something everyday.

Darlin1 said...

You are the best Sandy!!! Thanks for all of your support!

I'm on my way to go swimming---wish you were here!

~Sandi @ This one time at 'band' camp... said...

I am a regular gym goer and we also have a gym on the bottom floor of our house! I like the interaction of it! I would love to skate the Rideau Canal and one day I will.

BTW, we share the same birthday! :-)

Anonymous said...

You're def right. Exercise is a big part of being healthy. Since I've been doing it for a few years now, I can't imagine just sitting around like I used to years before. It's like second nature now :) I just found your blog today and decided to become a follower. Looking forward to some new entries! <3

Jacquie said...

So is it ok if I call you Minnie now? LOL

I have been really incorporating exercise into my daily life for th last 8 months and I find that my body craves it when I go a few days without. I need the gym setting becuase of the socialization but also for the competiveness. I do not want to be the slacker in the group so I always try to do "more" and this works for me.

Find something you can enjoy and you will do it! Good luck and have fun!

Joey said...

Yes! Exercise! At least your coat will be nice and shiny.

Is there anything you like? What's your favorite activity?

Cindylew said...

yeah mama...joining the ranks.
I'm so proud of you.

Drazil said...

Weehaawww - get your cute little ass to the gym can do it! And no - you can't take wine with you. Leave it in the car and drink it when you're done. LOL

Emily said...

2 miles running every Saturday is not enough, :|

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