When is too late?
Some years ago I had a heated conversation with a fellow 'silver grey' about surfing. I had just taken up the sport at the age of 47 and was at the beginning of what I knew would be a very hard but very exciting journey.
The Football World Cup has kicked off in Rio and, to be honest, no-one really gave the England team much of a chance - a feeling that has only been confirmed as accurate given their precipitate exit. Which is surprising given the numbers of men in England who do play the game . They are quite clearly passionate about the game as they carry their footballs around with them wherever they go.
So why the lack of expectation for England's hopes given this huge reserve of talent? We think we know the answer. They are embarrassed about playing. So embarrassed that although they love the game so much that they are never without their footballs, they hide them. And where do they hide them? The only place big enough - under their shirts, of course.
So it's quite clear that the National side would do a whole lot better if these passionate footballers would come out into the open about their love of playing. This would give the Head Coach a greater pool of talent to choose from, and if they did come out and played more openly they would no longer have to carry their footballs hidden under their shirts!
Everyone would be a winner!
Have you ever wondered how King Canute felt at the moment he realised that he was not only completely unable to command the waves to do his will, but that the waves were utterly indifferent to his wishes? Sometimes watching TV feels a bit like that.
The Olympic Games in London have come and gone, and the immense and overwhelming success of the Games has superseded all the concerns prior to the Games, about its apparent over-commercialisation, and issues such as transport and security. When we say success we are referring to the excitement generated by the whole event, not solely by the wonderful performances of Team GB, and to the enormous support for the Games as a whole by the British public. Having been lucky enough to get tickets for the first morning of the athletics at the Olympic Park, we found the atmosphere there to be ELECTRIC, and this seems to have been the same at every event, at every venue.
The Silver Grey Sports Club is a website for people over the age of 50 - let's call them the Silver Greys - who simply want to carry on with their enjoyment of Extreme Sports, Adventure Sports, Adrenalin Sports, call them what you will. They're fit, they're strong, and they aim to stay that way.
SGSC is an original concept, conceived and executed by Denise Simmons and Dan Simmons, ourselves two Silver Greys. Having been skiers - on and off-piste - for many years, we had thought we were fit. But when, in our late 40's we started to learn to surf we discovered two things. Firstly, surfing is extremely addictive, and secondly, we had nothing like the fitness required to have any chance of mastering it. Denise first, and a few years later Dan, started to work in a gym with fitness trainers and discovered two more things - age is no barrier to improving your fitness through training and, so far at least, for as long as you carry on doing it you keep getting results. So if you're into the kind of sports which require a high level of conditioning, you don't have any reason to stop if you keep working at it.
And even if you're not into the sports side, we believe you can benefit greatly and enhance your quality of life by working at three areas of your conditioning - your strength, fitness and flexibility.