Author: David Crist

Forgive College Loans

When Education became Big Business

In the 60s a belief started to form that a blue collar job was bad and if you wanted to get ahead in society you had to have a white collar job, and you needed a college degree, in order to get it. As this belief started to spread you started to see more and more high schools eliminating there technical training classes and replacing them with college prep classes.

Slowly the perception started that tech classes where for the slow minded and kids started to look down at classes like auto tech or woodworking tech. As interest in these classes diminished, they slowly started to disappear in high schools across the country. Denying millions of kids, who would have been more than happy,learning the basics of a trade, out in the cold

Big Finance saw an Opportunity

With the changes in 65 by the Johnson Administration, Student Loans became Federally backed and made available to everybody, no matter what the families income. This played right into the hands of Big finance, who took advantage of this dis-empowering belief, and with there unlimited advertising muscle, and the control of Congress have been able to turn millions into Debt Slaves.

Why has the Cost of College Skyrocketed

Colleges and Universities have been and still are prime supporters of this dis-empowering belief for obvious reasons, the business of Education has become big business, as the tremendous rise in Tuition will attest. The rapid rise in tuition is directly linked to the easy access to loan monies, they have been co-conspiritors with big Finance and have been more than happy to see families and young people go into great debt, without remorse.

They are lying to us

It can no longer be said, if it ever was,that Colleges and Universities teach the critical thinking skills that people need to get ahead in society. These skills are inherent in everyone and only need enlightened guidance and good practices to bring them out. These same colleges and Universities are guilty of false advertising and have not fulfilled there obligations, they have become bastions of elitists, that talk diversity through the sides of there mouths. They stifle free speech and can not tolerate anyone that doesn’t hold there exalted views of themselves.

Student Loan defaults at all time high

Even now Student Loan defaults are at an all time high and rising. Isn’t it interesting also that it’s one obligation that can’t be dismissed through bankruptcy. The Government should do something for the millions who have fallen into arrears and do something about the inflated cost of higher education period. A market adjustment need to happen. We saw it with the Stock Market, Banks and Real Estate. Something needs to be done for the millions of families who suffer under the hardship of loans they will never be able to repay.

Big Business calls the shots

Why is Government always willing to bail out big Finance and do nothing for the average citizen? Our whole foreign Policy is based on what’s good for big Business. We spend Trillions in the Middle East while ignoring our own infrastructure and our own citizens. To many politicians are looking to capitalize on there relations with big business.

Education for the benefit of educators not students

And nothing will change until people start getting mad enough and demand that Higher Education in America is not for the advancement of the students, it’s for the advancement of Education, for the school administrators and the faculty. And especially for the benefit of big Finance, that sit’s there rubbing there hands like the proverbial “Fagan” in Dickens, asking how much do they owe us now.

Conclusion

I’ve asked a lot of people why they think the cost of a College education has gotten so expensive, and most people don’t have the foggiest idea. It’s because of the liberal access to loans that you can’t get out, of even by declaring bankruptcy. Anyone looking at College Campuses today can plainly see that the last thing they are interested in is the students. They are only interested in there own self-interest. Big Education is Big Business and something has to change.

We must realize that a College Diploma does not guarantee success today or in the future. It’s only important to Big Finance, and is a dis-empowering belief that’s being pushed by Big Finance and Big Education. An empowering belief is that there are other avenues available, and it’s not worth turning you and your family into Debt Slaves for life.

Big Education is quickly pricing themselves into irrelevancy and I’m happy to bring it to your attention

As always thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Yoga Good for Baby Boomers?

If you’ve ever wondered if starting Yoga in your late 50s is a good idea, let me tell you about my experience. I decided to start doing Yoga seriously at 59 years old. My main motivation was to improve my flexibility for my golf game. I started taking classes at the local Gym that I belonged to. While the instructors were usually very nice, I noticed right away that the classes were full for the good ones and empty for the others, not so good.

I admit to being intimidated at first, not knowing the difference between an up dog and a down dog, but from my position in the back of the class I slowly started gaining confidence. One of the disadvantages of doing Yoga in a Gym environment is that the most gyms have one maybe two Yoga sessions a day. Luckily I was able to establish a routine of three days a week.

After three months of classes I noticed a few things. My flexibility had improved as shown in my golf game, but I was surprised that my balance and coordination also showed marked improvement. I also seemed to be handling my stress levels a little better, and I even found myself kinda meditating as I tried to control my breathing while doing my Yoga routine.

I’ve since learned that Yoga especially for Baby Boomers is not only safer but out performs Aerobic exercises, at improving flexibility and balance but also improving core strength and reducing joint pain. Yoga has been pretty mainstream in Gyms for the last ten years and even longer in certain parts of the country. But the problem with Gyms is that the classes are limited and the instruction can vary greatly. But it is inexpensive. Private Yoga studios offer greater flexibility and quality instruction making it easier to establish a routine, but the facilities can vary greatly with regard to changing rooms showers and spa facilities. And they can be expensive.

If your looking to start doing Yoga today I would really suggest you look at joining an On-line Yoga Program. Yogadownload.com is the company I’d recommend, and here’s why.

Who are they

Name: Yogadownload

Website: Yogadownload.com

Price: Competitive

Owner: Jamie Kent

Overall Rank: 9.6 out of 10.0

Product Overview

On-line training programs is one of the fastest growing segments in the fitness industry. Fitness apps. Are growing 87% faster than other industries, with more than 1/2 of all smart phone users have a fitness app on their phone. On-line programs offer members the ability to log on anytime from anywhere. The programs are taught by some worlds the best instructors, at a fraction of the cost of a studio. Not only can you do a routine at your convince but you can fine tune to exactly the type of yoga you want and the skill level your at. Many other features are available including the fact that you belong to a social community of like-minded people that are very engaged in what your doing.

The Pros

  • World Class instructors
  • Unsurpassed quality and selection of classes to choose from
  • Free video downloads for off-line use
  • Affordability: $1.00 2 week intro, $12.00/month basic $18.00/month premium $120/yr premium
  • Experience: 10 years on-line, 220,000 members, 56 countries
  • Yoga anywhere on any mobile device

The Cons

  • Need to be self-motivated
  • Exercise usually at home alone
  • Nobody to check your form or posture

Who’s it for

90% of people come to Yoga for flexibility, stress relief, general health and physical fitness. But for Baby Boomers specifically, along with these obvious benefits,it can help problems like chronic pain, fatigue,obesity,asthma, but even more important Yoga offers a chance at self-reflection, to practice self-kindness and self-compassion and continued growth and self-awareness.

If your a Baby Boomer and you feel it’s too late to start, that your not “flexible enough” you need to realize that Yoga is’not about attaining the perfect pose, it’s not about being “good enough” or “right”, Yoga is about removing any judgment and letting you be present to who you are now.

Verdict

Yogadowload.com is a proven performer in the industry. Verywellfit.com ranked the #4 in the industry, after visiting the sites of the competitors, I found Yogadownload.com to be of a higher quality, more professional site. They are highly interactive with their members offering a wide variety of programs and products designed to improve the quality of life now.

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As always thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

A Newbies Review of the Shareasale Network

Being new to the on-line affiliate marketing business, I wanted to give you my insight of what I found when researching and joining my first Affiliate Network. Remember that an Affiliate Network is not the same as an Affiliate Platform. A Network is a group of Merchants that carry an assortment of products. An Affiliate Platform provides you Website Hosting and related tools you need to promote the products you select.

Who’s being Reviewed

Name: Shareasale

Website: Shareasale.com

Price: Free to become a member

Owners: Awin

Overall Rank: 4.5 out of 5.0

Product Overview

Shareasale is one of the largest Affiliate Marketing Networks currently running. It competes with giants like CJ Affiliates and Clickbank and more than holds its own. They have been in business for 17 years, and have worked hard at becoming one of the top Networks in the business. In doing my due diligence about this company I found their reviews to be very positive. They all stressed how honest and fair they are. They all commended their excellent customer service, efficient tools and accurate reporting.

My personnel experience (limited as it may be), is that their sign up procedures are very simple and direct. They send a welcome aboard e-mail immediately, and tell you how long it will take until you approved. In my case being a brand new Affiliate Publisher, it took two days, at which time I was giving very easy to follow instructions on how to get started.

In 2017 Shareasale was acquired by the Awin Network (an international Affiliate Network) which gives them even more credibility in the business. At this time the two companies continue to run separately, but bodes well down the road, if they ever decide to merge.

The Pros

  • Reputable Company: Being in business for 17 years means you doing something right. Excellent reviews and reputation both on and off-line. Their accusation by Awin further enhances the companies standing in the industry.
  • Free and Easy to Join: As mentioned I found their sign up procedure to be much easier than a couple of their competitors. They were easy to follow and straight forward, especially when you brand new to the biz. They send you a welcome aboard e-mail and follow up with you approval or denial within days. Once, approved they provide simple step by step instructions on how to begin.
  • They allow multiple websites: You don’t have to separately sign up each website, just list all you website, once approved they all become active.
  • Number and Variety of Merchants: Shareasale has over 40 categories to choose from. This ensures that whatever you want to promote will most likely be available within their network. They currently have over 4800 merchants and are increasing that number almost daily

The Cons

  • They don’t use PayPal for pay outs. From what I’ve been seeing a lot of the big Networks don’t currently use PayPal, for whatever reason. Luckily I’ll accept a check mailed to my home.
  • High Payout Threshold: Currently its $50.00 before they send a payout, this is a turn off for new Affiliates, who are just getting started.
  • Threat of Fees and Account Deletion: In doing my research I came across this, that Shareasale might impose a fee of $25.00 if you account stays under $50.00 for an extended period , I’ve also read that they may delete you account if there is no activity after 90 days. This could be problematic to new Affiliates.
  • Separate Merchant Sign up: I was surprised after being approved by Shareasale that I still had to get separate approval from the Merchants that I wanted to promote. I originally applied to five different merchants and was accepted by three.

Who’s the Product For?

I think all Affiliate Publishers should include Shareasale within their portfolios. With over 4800 merchants to choose from the chances are excellent that you’ll find products you’ll be happy to promote. They offered one of the most balanced product mix that I saw.

Tools and Training

As with all the Networks I looked at they have a wealth of tools and training materials that you can access, it actually is almost overwhelming. No matter what you skill level maybe you can find the training right for. Although I didn’t go to deep into this area, I was not hit with a lot of up sells coming out of the gate as I was with a couple of Shareasale’s competitors.

Verdict

I feel that Shareasale offers a great Network to the new Affiliate just breaking into the business. The wide variety of Merchants almost insures that you’ll find something you’ll be proud to promote. They have an easy to navigate platform and at least initially seem to be more interested in helping you get started as opposed to up selling you additional products. Their training resources are extensive and they encourage you to join their on-line community. I would rank them a must have network, as part of you portfolio 4.5 out of 5.0

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Are Baby Boomers Using Spas?

It starts with relaxing, in a room heated by a continuous flow of hot air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Follow this up with a shower, and ten minutes in a whirl pool, massaging your joints and muscles under the jets of hot water. Sounds pretty good huh? then why aren’t more Baby Boomers doing it?

Saunas

The first Turkish Baths opened in the United States in 1861. While popularity of the traditional Turkish Bath has declined over the last 150 years, hot-air baths still thrive in the form of the Russian Steam bath and the Finnish Sauna.

The first mention of a Russian Steam Bath or Banya can be found in the Radzivill Chronicles dated 945 AD. Ancient Romans had a Cult of Bathhouse, where they not only washed themselves, but socialized, painted, read poetry, sang and feasted. Their Bathhouses even had special rooms for Massage, Gym and Libraries. Wealthy citizens often went to the Bathhouses twice a day.

The Finnish Sauna’s earliest roots are difficult to trace, but its earliest versions are believed to be from 700 BC. Today Finland has over 5 million inhabitants and over 3 million Saunas. Finns think of the Sauna not as a luxury, but as a necessity.

Health Benefits of Saunas

  • Reduce the risk of Heart Disease; studies have shown that taking a Sauna 2 to 3 times a week, can reduce the chances of Heart related death by 27%. And 50% if you take them 5 to 7 times a week.
  • Greater Longevity; A 20-year study noted a 40% reduction in premature death, for those who enjoyed a Sauna daily.
  • Rids the Body of Toxins; Perspiration cools the body down and rids the body of harmful waste products. Environmental pollutants, man made chemicals, heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, prescription drugs, nicotine and alcohol. The average person expels roughly a quart of sweat daily via the Ecerine Glands. A sauna triggers the gland to secrete a quart in 15 minutes.
  • Simulates the effects of exercise; heat stress, simulates intense physical activity. Sweating in a sauna after exercise soothes and relaxes muscles, expands and opens blood vessels that optimize blood vessel function.
  • Improves Heart Health; Saunas are both safe for healthy adults and those suffering from cardiovascular issues like angina pectoris, heart failure, and myocardial infraction, always check with your Dr. for guidance.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure; In addition to regulating blood pressure, sauna therapy is considered safer then prescription medication for the treatment of anxiety disorders, seasonal effective disorder (SAD), joint pain and the soothing of muscle spasms.

Boomers should start Using Saunas

The other day as I was sitting in the Sauna observing my body sweat and contemplating. It dawned on me how much I look forward to my Sauna after my workout, its become like a reward for completing another routine. In the thirty plus years that I’ve been doing these little routines its never ceased to amaze me how few people actually take advantage of the Spa facilities available in all the Gyms across the country. This is especially true about Baby Boomers.

It’s Free

What’s really gotten me thinking about, is that since turning 65, MediCare will actually pay for my Gym membership. In the thirty plus years I’ve paid an average of 35 to 45 a month to belong to a Gym. I now pay nothing and can use Gyms all across the country for free. I was taking a Sauna while traveling through California recently (I live in Las Vegas), and as usual I was sitting there alone, and the thought struck me, do Boomers just not care or do they just not know that this is available to them.

I, can understand the reluctance about starting an exercise program, but who would be reluctant about starting a spa program, especially when its FREE and so good for your health. Have Baby Boomers become that complacent or desperate, that they would rather sit in front of a TV or in the case of Vegas in front of a slot machine, for hours day after day, week after week. Has that become our idea of retirement?

Attitude Adjustment

Having the attitude that our parents had and society still has about growing old is wrong. Instead of being the worst of times it should be the best of times. It affords all of us, the chance to finally live the Dream, you’ve been holding all these years.

Holding onto dis-empowering beliefs that we’ve gotten from our parents, and continue to get, from the mass media outlets, about what growing old is all about, is wrong. Mass Media looks upon our Generation with an attitude of disdain and dismissiveness. All they see is a generation of diminishing returns. I’m sick of the condescending attitudes and tired of being made to feel like a second class citizen simply because I’m in my 60s. With the advancements in health care 60 is quickly becoming the new 50 and soon 70 will be the new 60.

Get with the Program

This website is a Manifestation of a Dream I have. It’s important to write and speak from my own position of purpose, knowing within that I am on a mission.I am simply doing what I know to be the right thing for me, while always

considering improving the lives of others. If my work helps you and others, I am thrilled. If not, I am still thrilled at being able to produce it. I am not focused on the outcome of my efforts. Results are not what motivate me. Changing the way Baby Boomers think about the future is what motivates me. Continue to visit this site where we will be discussing, how holding on to the same dis-empowering beliefs, will continue to give you the same dis-empowered life. You’ve heard the saying about insanity, “doing the same thing expecting a different result” well its time we start to challenge some paradigms that we got from our parents,  who got it from theirs, and create new ones, as we look forward to the next twenty years.

As always, thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science of the Mind; Everything you know is wrong

Thoughts are Things

Health and sickness are largely externalizations of our dominant mental and spiritual states. An emotional shock, or a mind filled with thoughts of fear, has been known to cause the momentary stoppage or acceleration of the heart. Physicians now testify that, under emotional stress, particularly anger, the blood leaves a chemical deposit around the joints in the body.

Worry, fear, anger, jealousy, and other emotional conditions, are mental in their nature, and as such are being recognized as the hidden cause of a large part of all the physical suffering to which the flesh is heir. A normal healthy mind reflects itself in a healthy body, and conversely, an abnormal mental state expresses its corresponding condition in some physical condition. Thoughts are things.

Cause and Effect

We are given the power to sit in the midst of our lives and direct their activities. Strife and struggle are unnecessary. We only need to know, but we must know constructively. The material universe was created to manifest what the mind believes. Just so far as we believe upon any condition, past, present or future we are creating chaos, because we are than dealing with conditions (effects) and not the causes. It’s our thinking that cause the effects. And we think the way we do because of our beliefs.

Is it the Ego holding you back

Who told you too old to build muscle tone? Who told you that steam and saunas are bad. Who told you that losing flexibility and balance are just a sign of aging? Whoever it was lying to you, and if you continue to believe it, it’s because you want to believe it. That dis-empowering belief is comfortable and warm and you use to it. The ego is telling you can’t and it won’t, that you’ll look foolish. Who do you think you are? The ego hates change, it fears that change will push him off the stage and you ego loves the stage. And for years all the ego has been doing is making you sick.

Your Mind can grow Stronger so can you

It’s time to take control of you mind. Understanding how our minds work is a science and we are finding out more of how it works on almost a daily basis. Elkhonon Goldberg in his book “The Wisdom Paradox; How you mind can grow stronger as you brain grows older”, discusses how outdated neurological concepts are being disproved on a daily basis. Science has disproved the idea that me are only given so many brain cells and when they die they don’t regenerate new ones. It’s a lie. Reading his book will change the way you think about aging and our thinking capabilities.

60 is the new 50

If,you can buy into that than it isn’t such a leap to think that 70 is the new 60. With the advances in health care and a changing consciousness, especially within the Baby Boomer generation, that you are what you believe you are. And if you not happy you can change starting NOW. I’m passionate about showing my generation that we don’t have to go meekly into the shadows but instead stay in the sunlight of the spirit for many more years than we may have originally thought possible. So if all of a sudden you realize you have another 20 productive years ahead of you, what do you want to do about it? Don’t die with you dream inside you.

Conclusion

Follow me as I challenge dis-empowering beliefs about what it means to grow old in our society today and how some of our so called advocates are nothing more than shills for huge corporate interests. Some first and foremost dis-empowering beliefs we have to deal with, is what it means to be fit.
And how you can go about it, and have fun.

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Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection

Last Update: September 26, 2018

Is Exercise Enough?

It’s long been known and accepted that physical activity releases endorphins, which can help increase a person’s sense of well-being. This is especially true for Baby Boomers. Having a fitness routine focused on building muscle tone not only builds your body, but helps your mind. The more I worked on improving my body, the more I realized that I needed to work on my mind as well. When I first considered the idea of meditation, while sitting in the sauna after a work out, I thought it would be just a matter of sitting still and shutting down my mind for ten minutes or so, boy was I mistaken.

I Couldn’t Meditate

I was totally dismayed with myself, not only could I not sit still for even 5 minutes, but my mind refused to shut down at all. I remember just trying to count to sixty and not being able to do it. It’s then that I realized that meditation was going to be a lot harder for me then I anticipated.

Quiet the Mind

In order for me to start getting a handle on meditation I had to think of times when my mind was relatively quiet. I thought it was when I was sitting in the sauna or alone in the park, walking my dogs, but as I started watching my thoughts while doing these things, I realized that my mind was constantly jumping from one topic to another, and going into the future or revisiting the past, over and over again. The more I started looking at my thinking the more evident it became that not only couldn’t I control it but I spent very little time in the present, I was never in the now. It was either in the past or the future.

Ego Loves The Past

In doing some follow up reading about staying in the present, I stumbled on the role of the ego. I came to find out that it was my ego, that loves to replay the past, wishing it could be different, or dreading the future, with all its what if’s, and hope it don’t s. But I don’t want to digress into a discussion about the ego, I’ll save that for a future blog.

The Importance of Golf

But I really had to think about a time when was I present. And it dawned on me, that the only time I was really in the present was when I was playing golf. I had known for a long time that if I didn’t maintain concentration on what I was doing while playing, I couldn’t hit the ball. You have to be centered and focused on what your doing, totally in the now, in order to play well.

The Starting Point

Thinking about what it is that your doing, and concentrating on the now, is the first step in learning how to quiet the mind. If your can find that, your have your starting point.

It Starts with Awareness

Once I started to be aware of my thinking, a whole new perspective opened up for me. I realized for the first time that I had an undisciplined mind. A mind that jumped from thought to thought, without any regard for how I felt, I was just along for the ride. This awareness, this change in perspective was Hugh, and its from this beginning, that I’ve been able to start getting a handle on my thinking.

Most Thoughts Are Repetitive

Realizing that a majority of my thoughts were just repetitive and often problematic, has allowed me to take control of them, now when they come up, I just let them pass, saying to myself, I’ve already thought about that enough, its only my ego at work. This little trick has improved my mood immensely.

Negative Self-Talk

I also started paying attention to my negative self talk and started to be aware of how self-defeating and non-productive it was. I started to think about the saying, “If your had a friend that talked to you the way your talk to yourself, would they be your friend?/” and realized that the answer would be no.

New Attitude

This awareness gave me a new attitude and it all started with exercise. By working on your body, you start paying attention to your mind. They go hand in hand, body-mind, as your start feeling better, your start thinking better. The experts are going to tell your that it takes hard work and dedication. I’m here to show your how just starting a simple exercise program, to regain muscle tone, can lead to an awareness that anything is possible. Take care of your body and the mind will follow.

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Fitness for Active Baby Boomers: 70 is the new 60

When researching,” exercise older adults” or “best exercises for seniors”, I was struck by the tone of the articles. They all seemed to be written by young professionals who act as if we seniors are one step from entering a Hospital or Rehab Unit. They seem to me to be very condescending, almost to the point of insulting. The exercises they show are all for the very old or for the extremely out of shape, people who look like they just got out of Rehab or are planning to go in.

Active Boomers

These are not the people I’m reaching out to. The people that I’m interested in helping are the active Baby Boomers, seniors who realize that they need to step up their program or develop new programs to maintain what they have to build better muscle tone, so that they can continue to do the activities they love, and live longer healthier more productive lives. People, that are looking for a proven way of staying fit and active as they approach their 70s. A program that they can do in an hour or less, 3 times a week and get results. But they did list three basics that I feel makes sense.

  1. Do at least 150 minutes of walking or other aerobic exercise per week.
  2. Practice strength training 2-3 times per week, but never 2 days in a row.
  3. Stretch and do balance exercises every day.

But most of the articles then goes into detail, about specific exercises, and here is where I have a real problem, because the exercises look like we all live in an old folks homes, and use walkers. Their idea of a squat is sitting and getting up from a chair, their idea of an upper body exercise is doing a wall push up, and of course they all suggest doing 3 sets of 12 or 15 reps, which, as I’ve already mentioned is a hog wash.

It’s Insulting

To have fitness “experts” talk down to Baby Boomers, like all we’ve been doing is sitting in front of a TV eating chips, for the last 20 years is insulting. If you believe like I do that 70 is the new 60, then it’s probably upsetting to you to. That’s why I started this Website, for people who are not interested in disappearing quietly into the night. Instead, it’s for people that have a zest for life, and a desire to push the boundaries, of what’s possible. I want it known, right here, right now, that anything is possible, if you have the right attitude, no matter your age.

Tired of the Condescending Attitude

If your tired of the “experts” constantly pontificating beliefs, that only turn out to be wrong, ten or fifteen years down the road, then your in the right place. Ageism exists in our country and it’s both casual and systemic. The prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process have led to discriminatory practices against older people (esp. baby boomers) in both institutional practices and policies. These attitudes perpetuate a stereotype about seniors and what it means to grow old.

Dis-empowering Beliefs

Seniors themselves are guilty of buying into the attitude of Ageism. After, all we have internalized a lifetime of the negative stereotypes ourselves. If you add to these stereotypes, the fear of death, disability or dependence, it’s no wonder that we see so much angst out there among our generation.

With advances in Medicine and our over all quality of life the last 25 years, we are seeing more and more people adopting the attitude that today’s 70 is the new 60 and even today’s 80 being the new 70. In order for this attitude to really flower Seniors have got to be willing to change their own dis-empowering beliefs about growing old.

Join the Fight

Many have started the discussion about Ageism, Pierce Brosnan, Madonna, and Kim Cattrall to name a few, so a movement is starting. This website is my “Line in the Sand” that the beliefs about Seniors, getting and staying in shape are wrong, and that the whole stereotype, of what’s possible,once you a senior is wrong. The general stereotype in our society about what it means to grow old, needs to be refuted. To be setting Goals and striving to attain them is what keeps you young, I can’t imagine a life without them.

Conclusion

A wise man once said “that as long as a Man is striving towards a Goal he is a success”. Through my many careers I’ve come to realize, that to work at something or for someone for ten or twenty years is a long time, especially now days. If you entering you 60s, now is the time to refocus and set new Goals, that will ensure that the next 10 or 20 years are not only the most enjoyable but also the most profitable. Getting or maintaining you health and fitness is the starting point., for without that nothing is possible. But once you have a firm foundation in this area, the sky is the limit. And as we have all heard countless times ” the only one who limits you is you”

 

 

 

 

The Weight Lifting Routine: An Overview

Why we Do Repetitions

We all know what one rep is right? Well just in case it’s one complete contraction of a particular muscle. So if the arm is straight and you bend it 90 degrees that counts as one rep. You have just contracted the Bicep muscle one time. The purpose of doing reps is to tire and actually “tear” the muscle, whichever muscle you are targeting. Now the “experts” will tell you that in order to get the maximum benefit, you must tear this muscle repeatedly, by doing multiple set of reps, usually a set consists of 12 reps.

The “experts” will tell you in order to get the most out of you workout you have to do tear the muscle multiple times by doing multiple sets of 12 reps. This if false, you only have to exhaust the muscle to the point of tearing muscle fiber once, doing it multiple times is a waste of time.

One Set of 12

A set should consist of between 8 and 12 reps. You adjust the weight so that you can do at least 8 reps but know more than 12. Your body position and posture should be set to the machines specifications and the slower you can do one rep the better. There is a style of doing reps called super slow but I find trying doing one rep every 20 seconds just to boring, 10 seconds a rep is just about perfect. The goal is to achieve muscle exhaustion not doing more than 12 reps. If you able to do more than 12 than add weight if you can’t do 8 reps than lower the weight. It’s that simple.

Move From Machine to Machine

The nice thing about using machine weight systems is that they allow you to excersize different muscle groups by simply changing you grip. So for a basic bicep machine there are three different grips and you do one set for each grip.You than move to the next machine adjust it to you specifications (shouldn’t take 30 to 60 seconds to adjust) and do a set for each hand position. Most Gyms have what is known as a speed line where they have between 10 to 12 machines designed to work out every major muscle group of the upper body. The object is to move from one machine to another working out 16 different upper body muscle groups give or take.

Total Body Workout

The lower body can be worked out using 5 or 6 machines same procedure and you finished. One set between 8 to 12 reps timing as perfect form you can maintain and going as slow as you can tolerate. Now you might read this and think to yourself that Dave is crazy and this doesn’t sound right. So let me share a story of when my thirty year old stepson came to visit and thought he’d like to work out with the old man. Using the weights that I was using he not only struggled to do the reps but he threw up after only doing 8 machines. so, before you scoff that this can’t possible be enough let me assure you it’s plenty.

Conclusion

Now obviously in subsequent articles I’ll be getting into specifics, about machines and postures and some fantastic tech gadgets they’ve developed over the last few years, if you like to track and monitor you progress, but I wanted to give you an overview of what I’ve found that works. Doing this routine three times a week or every other day (know more) will start getting you muscle tone, within third days, and you won’t believe the difference in the way you feel in ninety days.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

Strength Training for Seniors; It’ All Mental

Attractor Patterns

When we talk about starting a fitness routine for seniors, we have to realize that its as much mental as it is physical. This awareness is key, and will ensure you success, as you embark on this path back to fitness. Being aware that the mind forms beliefs based on patterns that its formed from information that its been bombarded by from the outside world. These patterns are usually what the majority of people believe, and are often wrong.

The Habitual Mind

Our Minds are thinking machines, they never stop thinking 24/7, and what a lot of people have come to realize is that 85-90% of our thought are repetitive and often problematic. Once, Mind has accepted an Attractor Pattern of ideas it will keep thinking about them repetitively until it eventually becomes a belief. For instance how many times have you heard the statement, ” in order to be successful in society today you need a College Education”. Enough times that for a majority of people, this has become a belief. But its a dis-empowering belief that has caused whole generations of people to become Debt Slaves to Big Finance by chasing this false belief, that a College Education will get them success in society today, its simply is not true

Getting Fit is Hard Work is a False Belief

The idea that getting fit is hard work is an Attractor Pattern created by The Fitness Industry. They have a vested Interest that you believe this, in order to justify their existence. It’s ludicrous that we believe its appropriate to pay someone (a trainer) a $100.00 an hour to watch us workout and maybe give us some advice and encouragement while we do it. The whole supplemental and vitamin industry is built on claims that have been proven false time and time again. It’s all been designed and marketed by the Fitness Industry to make money.

Past Failures

Buying into to these false beliefs has caused millions of people especially Boomers, to become disillusioned with the idea that they can get fit. Not being able to relate with a routine, designed by a trainer who is usually in their 20s or 30s and who has their own ideas on what it takes to get physically fit has caused,people to just give up, thinking that its just too hard and certainly not fun to get into shape.

Getting Fit Is Easy and Fun

I’ve developed a routine that’s easy and fun. That can be done in under an hour and if you just consistent doing it every other day or three times a week you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll start getting you muscle tone back, while improving you balance coordination and overall sense of well-being.

It’s all About Attitude

I know what you thinking but before you just dismiss me let me again remind you that I’m 67 years old and have developed this routine over the last thirty years and I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been. I know for fact that if you listen to a few of the things that I’ve come up with, you’ll not only find working out enjoyable but you’ll look forward to doing it.

Conclusion

I’m not talking about building Hugh muscles, I’m talking about building muscle tone. I’m specifically talking to the Boomer Generation, people that are my age and want to enjoy the next ten or twenty years of our lives, by being able to do the things we want to do, and maintain our independence for as long as we can. If you feel like its time you started doing something for yourself, but are inherently lazy like me, than this will be perfect for you. You can have the best years of you life, and all it takes is making a choice, about what and who you going to believe.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Everything You Believe Is Wrong

Getting Fit after age 50 is easy. The experts “Trainers” would like you to belief its

hard, because their livelihood is based on your belief, that strength training for seniors is hard and time-consuming. The Fitness Industry has flooded Mass Media with false information about

Bodybuilder Eugene Rapin from behind flexing biceps

what it takes to get into shape, build muscle mass and improve our overall sense of well-being, by insinuating that it takes guidance and supervision by trained professionals and a laborious and difficult workout regime, and that only through months of dedication, can you hope to achieve any fitness goals.

We are constantly told how we must sacrifice and strive in order to get back into shape. As, we are beginning to understand how our minds work. We’ve come to realize that our two basic operational faculties, reason and feeling, are both inherently unreliable. Although we ascribe our actions to reason, we in fact operate primarily out of pattern recognition, the logical arrangement of data serves mainly to enhance a pattern recognition system that than becomes truth.

But nothing is ever “true” except under certain circumstances and than only from a particular viewpoint, characteristically unstated. In other words simply because we have seen information from multiple sources, that strength training for seniors takes dedication, hard work, and can only be successful, under the benign supervision of trained professionals. This has created a pattern that we recognize as true and is in fact an illusion. An illusion created by the fitness industry in order to generate business.

Develop a Few Good Habits

By developing a few good habits, anyone can get physically fit and build muscle tone no matter their age. I can show you how a routine of exercizes, that take less than an hour, done every other day or a minimum of three times a week, can not only restore muscle tone, but improve coordination, balance and an overall sense of well-being. The most amazing thing about this is its simplicity. While the “experts” would like us to belief getting in shape after 50 is baffiling and complex, I have found that true answers to supposedly complex problems, have the hallmark of simplicity.

The Habits

  1. Establish and maintain a healthy diet. Again the “Diet Experts” have all kinds of advice and recommendations on what constitutes a healthy diet, that also include books, vitamins and supplements. They have gone to great lengths creating pattern attractors to make us belief in what they say. But if you have made it to age 50 you have seen fad after fad come into popularity only to be disproved and often ridiculed only a few years later. I will not insult your intelligence by going through a litany of diet advice, this website isn’t about that. Let’s just agree that a Human, that has lived for five decades knows inherently what constitutes a healthy diet. And what they need to eat to feel good. So Let’s leave it to three meals a day, consisting of the basic food groups, taking in moderation. That should be just fine.
  2. In order for the Body to rejuvenate itself its important that you get sufficient sleep. 6 to 8 hours a day is usually sufficient. We will be going over a few things that help sleep, like listening to Aura Cleansing vibrations, and reading in latter articles, but for now Let’s just keep it simple. Problems with sleep are usually caused by the simple fact that the body is not tired. You will be amazed what a simple weight lifting routine will do for your sleep. Another thing I strongly encourage and again, we will get into it, in more detail at a later date, is a 30-45 minute power nap, mid way through you day. You will find that it rejuvenates you either before or right after a brisk workout.
  3. Proper hydration throughout the day. Believe me that I’ve been real late in coming to the understanding of how important proper hydration is, to the functioning of the total body. If you want to start an exercise routine it becomes even more important. Later on we will go in depth about some things I’ve uncovered in my research but trying to drink eight 8 oz. of water a day has always posed a challenge to me and I still find it hard to do consistently.

The Promise

Most of what we belief has been formed by the creation of attractor patterns created by industries that have a vested interest that we belief in a certain way in order for us to need and desire their products or services. Just because we have a belief doesn’t mean its true. Strength training for seniors doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. As,a matter of fact just the opposite. We know that the Human Body is remarkable and its rejuvenating capabilities are miraculous. My website is devoted about talking about common sense solutions to what a lot of you may think are complex problems. Simply because Hugh Industries have evolved in pushing certain ideas and beliefs and using sophisticated physiological techniques to convince us of their viability, doesn’t mean there’re true. I’m here to tell you its all an illusion, an illusion created to make money, not to benefit you. Stick with me as I go down the many Rabbit Holes, surrounding what it means to be physically fit as a senior citizen in society today.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave