In February this year there was quite a bit in the press on the subject of a recently published report on some research which proposes the theory that, beyond a certain modest amount, exercise does not use up extra calories. The reporting continued along the lines of "if you exercise primarily to lose weight, tough luck - because it doesn't work!". More of how this theory works later, but the main point that we wish to take issue with is the general tone of the press commentary which went along the usual lines of "Now we can stick two fingers up at those smug types who feel so good about themselves because they go in the gym and torture themselves, or they run for mile upon mile etc etc. Here's some research that shows us it's not worth doing more than an easy walk for a couple of miles since anything more than that doesn't use up any extra calories, so is pointless. Hah!"
Tomorrow, the Silver Grey Sports Club is on its way back from a ski-trip to Whistler, Canada. Great skiing and plenty of Silver Greys out and about on the slopes.
But here's the thing, even in the country, Canada, where triathlete Mary Goodacre lives, and which made her very happy when finding that she, in her sixties, was among a far larger number of age-group triathletes than when she races in UK, there is still ageism, alongside attitudes that we can't condone where you expect them least.
And here's how it happened.
From time to time - quite often, in fact - we do come across people saying the most incredible, and incredibly dumb, things about age, particularly with reference to their physical capabilities. So here is the first of what we intend to make a regular series, Talking 'Old' Rubbish, in which we will bring to your attention people spouting what we think are dangerous and counterproductive untruths (is that a pompous enough way of putting it?)
So, here we go .....
Thanks to Hannah from Shop on the Beach at Watergate Bay for this quote by Hunter S Thompson, extremely relevant to the Silver Grey Sports Club:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
We couldn't agree more!
…how a little vanity can go a long way.
We live in an age of unparalleled vanity and narcissism, even though these traits are not exclusively modern phenomena. Much of the world's cultural legacy is the result of vanity - great buildings, symphonies, paintings which are commissioned in exaltation of the commissioning party - national or regional rulers and the like, people who on the face of it don't sound as a whole to be a collection of retiring, self-effacing types. The difference is that in contemporary life