On The Pinboard you will find stories from the media and other sources that will interest and inform you.
It is often said that age is just a number. But even if it is just a number, it's a number that's attached to you and which follows you around all your life. It's also a number that implies a lot about you which is not accurate, especially from a health point of view. So if, from a health point of view, age isn't the right number, what would be the right one? It seems that the right number, as far as health is concerned, is what is termed your Fitness Age. And there are two pieces of good news with regard to your fitness age. Firstly, it is not the same as your chronological age, and secondly - and more importantly - it is totally subject to your efforts to lower it, with important consequent benefits.
There's a fun side to exercise, and there's a serious side, and here are a couple more examples showing the serious results of the fun side - fun, that is, if you like exercise.
A team at Southampton University, led by Professor Mike Grocott, have discovered that putting patients on a course of exercise training can have highly beneficial effects on the outcomes of their cancer surgery - a treatment that they term 'pre-habilitation'.
"You don't quit skydiving because you get old, you get old because you quit skydiving!" is a quote on the home page of a parachuting organisation, which includes within it a group called Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) . We came across them from a video we found, of which this is a part. The film in its entirely can be seen here
There has been a great deal of coverage in the news of the story from Alzheimer's Association that up to a third of people born in 2015 will be expected to suffer from dementia - about 27% of boys and 37% of girls. Dementia is a condition in which age plays a large part; as people live longer so the likelihood of suffering from it rises.
Think you know what old people look like? Frail, walking unsteadily and their back bent over from the weight of their head? Spindly arms and legs, bulbous elbow- and knee-joints? Think again!
Here are a couple of people who demonstrate how people can look even into their late seventies - strong, capable and full of energy.
Have a listen to what 77-year-old powerlifting grandmother Willie Murphy has to say about lifting weights, how the work in the gym makes such a difference to her life out of it.
And as for Darshan Singh Gill, he is equally impressive.
When you endlessly bang on about something, you run the risk of being shown to be wrong and looking a complete fool. So it's greatly relieving to find more evidence in support of what we say - exercise is good for you, and, with particular relevance for Silver Grey Sports Club, good for you in age as is all the physical training the sports demand. Here is some research uncovering some specific benefits, and not exclusively in the physical realm.