Turning Steps into better health . . . #endalz

One of my objectives for 2019 was to average 10,000 steps a day. A review of my progress is as follows:

  • 3,650,000 needed for the year
  • 4,124,840 year to date done

There have been a few days the 10,000 were not accomplished. Next years goal may include a limit on missed days.

Roberta Georgia

Crawford County Georgia on U.S. Highway 80

Glenrio New Mexico on Route 66

One of the motives for this type of goal is to possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Why steps instead of miles?

I am a 69 year old senior. Aerobic exercise is important for me, as is the amount of steps taken overall in any 24 hour period. The miles only seem to matter to me occasionally. The time spent in the aerobic mode is also of great significance to me.

The healthiest model for me is to get the aerobics finished in one outing and the rest of the overall steps spread throughout the day.

My daily “at least” is 12,000 steps per day and 45 minutes of aerobics.

That’s roughly 6000 steps in the aerobic zone and 6000 more, just walking around.

Most of the time, reaching those numbers is not to problematic.

I’m coming back to life . . .

I have times when I seem to slowly go downhill mentally. Sometimes it takes awhile for me to realize it, but when I do, I get back up and go some more. The video below is performed by Pink Floyd. It’s called “Coming back to Life” I like it. Make sure you watch it. It switches between Pink Floyd on stage and a triathlon. Also look at the quote below the YouTube video. A great friend sent it to me. She Works hard and long to get stuff done.

“It’s ok if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire” Colette Werden

The music helps me . . .

I’m not sure why, but it’s been a long time since music accompanied me when jogging. This morning that changed and it made a difference.

After a search using Google, science seems to bear this out.

“Music can get you moving, lift your mood and even help you recall a memory, but can it improve your health?”

The paragraph above came from the article the link below will take you to. The National Institute of Health places some importance of the affect music may have.

https://www.nih.gov/sound-health

Personally, I know it makes a “good” difference for me.

I have closed my Facebook account . . .

The sun has set on that part of my life. It’s been a great platform with great friends and we shared a lot of information with each other.

Mom is 91 years old and we have been keeping each other safe for over three years and ten months. Our situation is slowly changing and letting Facebook go will help.

This blog, Twitter and Instagram will continue on.

About aducanumab. A possible drug for Alzheimer’s

Will the benefits of aducanumab be enough to justify FDA approval, given its small benefit and high price?

The paragraph above came from the article the link below will take you to.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/reassessment-of-alzheimers-drug-raises-hope-and-concerns/

The Christmas tree in the lobby of the lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park – 2019

Thanks for the picture Mark . . .

The NIH talks about what we eat and Alzheimer’s #endalz

Can eating a specific food or following a particular diet help prevent or delay dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease? Many studies suggest that what we eat affects the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference.

The paragraph above was taken from the NIH article the link below will take you to.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-do-we-know-about-diet-and-prevention-alzheimers-disease

Don’t be so anxious . . good advice for me

“Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination.” Joseph B. Wirthlin

Maybe it’s like living in the moment and handling stuff as it comes to me. One of my problems is trying to fix stuff that hasn’t happened. Another seems to be just plain worrying to much.

Don’t worry about things you can’t change? Anything can be changed!

A few years ago a friend heard me speak of the daily loss of children under the age of five, from hunger. She told me that she does not concern herself with things she has no control over.

This made me realize that my speaking about it was raising awareness a bit, but probably nothing more. Did I quit thinking about it? Did I give into that and not think about little guys that don’t get a shot at life?

No, not gonna happen. That day was the first day I donated to UNICEF. Some of my friends have too.

Something can always be done about bad stuff. Do I want to worry about little guys that don’t have much of a chance? Yeah!