The news really is spreading, muscle is making headlines. Well, bylines, anyway. The journalist Matt Rudd has for some time been the Sunday Times’ fitness and work-out correspondent and after a long spell of high intensity cardio and aerobic work has at last brought his training regime round to the subject of muscle. Too much of the cardio has left him with not enough of it and he has now been advised to remedy that. Hurrah, at last someone is writing sensibly about the importance to health of skeletal muscle. Rather pompously we refer to it by its correct anatomical name to avoid the macho/instagram/facebook connotations that talking about muscles in the plural gives rise to. SGSC tweeted him about it, and you can read that here.
Anyway, to continue ... interesting as that is and even though Rudd is in his early forties and is probably thinking about his future as an older adult he isn’t really in Silver Grey territory. But when one of the foremost surfing and surf forecasting websites, Magic Seaweed, publishes an article entitled How to Surf Forever then we’re much closer to home.
In 1978 Susie Orbach wrote her hugely successful and extremely influential anti-diet book Fat is a Feminist Issue, examining the complex relationship(s) women have with the shape of their bodies and with food, and what those said about women’s relationship with society. These days people usually refer to Obesity rather than Fat-ness, and obesity has become so widespread and affects such a high percentage of people that even though the issues discussed in her book are still relevant, they exist within a much wider spectrum of issues related to body-size. So although one can still say that fat is a feminist issue, it is also a “person-ist” issue, given its ubiquity, and with relevance to SGSC we can also say that it is an age issue.
Dear Josh Glancy,
We have to take issue with you over something you wrote in your article for the Sunday Times Magazine of June 11th. In the article you wrote that “… technology makes physical strength ever more obsolete…” and we have to say that we find that a very dangerous statement.
Managed to get away for a week’s skiing in glorious Val d’Isère. The snow has been fantastic and the weather has been wonderfully and worryingly hot - not that Donald Trump and his acolytes feel they should worry about it!
Aside from the thrill of the sport itself, the feeling that comes from being in the beauty of the mountains is a huge part of what makes skiing special. It therefore comes as a great disappointment to us, this current obsession for skiing wearing a helmet. Apart from the dislocation from the environment, we also feel that it has in fact made the sport more dangerous rather than the opposite. One of the results of people feeling themselves to be more protected is that they often ski with less concern for others.
Along with many other people, SGSC pushes the idea that as well as being a lot of fun, extreme and adventure sports are good for you. Facing the dangers and the challenges sharpens the mind and achieving something in a difficult and potentially dangerous sport increases confidence, something that can diminish as you get older. Preparation, i.e. getting into good physical condition, is the key to being able to do this, lessening the risk of both failure and injury. And for Silver Grey athletes, that physical training is itself an important benefit, as has been commented on many times on this site. In any case, Silver Grey athletes are doing plenty of exercise either through doing the sport itself, if you are say a triathlete, or because exercise is the key to the physical conditioning your sport requires.
Exercise is powerful medicine. The good it can do you is extensive as is its capacity to change your body. However, from a recent report it seems that this is not the only side of the story.