On The Pinboard you will find stories from the media and other sources that will interest and inform you.
There’s an old joke that if you give up smoking it’s not that you live longer it just seems that way - or drinking, the same applies. Now, it seems, the real way to keep yourself living longer is to keep your body shape lean. OK, it’s a statistic not a guarantee, but if you do keep yourself lean then statistically you give yourself the best chance of living longer according to some recently published research. On top of that, another piece of research asserts that if you lift weights - twice a week, say - that’s another way to extend your life-expectancy. And with particular relevance to SGSC, when it comes to the weight-lifting research it’s based on results from the observation of weight-lifting among older adults.
A bit of a dry title for an article, isn't it? The only good thing to say about it is that if your brain can be described as ageing it means it's still alive - therefore so are you! So make the most of it! And that's what the Silver Grey Sports Club stands for - ageing doesn't inevitably equal decrepitude, it can mean being strong and fit and so having more time to do your sport. And here is yet more evidence that doing sport and exercise is not only fun and good for you physiologically, it's also good for your brain! It's not the first time we've written about this, and no doubt it won't be the last.
At SGSC we ourselves try to be what we encourage in others. We work hard to keep our bodies at the level which makes doing the sports we love possible.
At the moment, we are both recovering from a flu virus and energy levels are low, the idea of getting back into training a daunting prospect. Then over the weekend we found our inspiration. We read an article about a young woman, so brave, so courageous we found our motivation to get going again! We believe you will find her just as amazing as we do.
Well, is there or isn't there? Is there good news or is there uncertainty? Certainly, there is good news, but there is also a small amount of uncertainty. The uncertainty concerns the question "is it genetics or is it training?"
What is it all about? It's about Motor Units.
She has in the past been rather scornful of what she had always considered the rather desperate attempts by some of her fellow actors to battle the passage of time by daily 4am gym sessions. Now Helen Mirren has revealed that she herself partakes in gym workouts - "occasionally" as she says in an interview in the Sunday Times on 27th March. At her age (71, if you're interested) she says "it's necessary". No evangelism, no fuss, just an understated acceptance that working on her body is an essential part of keeping herself fully functioning and in good shape to continue the work she loves.
So it's as simple as that, you have to do it. And if The Queen says it, it must be true!