Wow! The world has just turned upside down! Almost no-one who will be reading this will ever have experienced anything remotely like this. Our website promotes health in later life through strength and fitness. The people we have met and interviewed over the years are already living a life that goes against conventional wisdom about being older - so they are thinking outside the box in the first place. We know therefore that all SGSC athletes will take on this challenge as imaginatively as they approach life in general.
We ourselves are sticking to a daily routine which involves running outside and doing strength work in the house. We are also making sure we do plenty of stretching to keep ourselves as supple as possible. It seems to us that regularity is the key.
We realise more than ever how lucky we usually are to have so much freedom to live, train and do the sports that we love. In the future when all this is over, on days when we don’t want to push ourselves so hard we will be aware of how fortunate we are to have that choice.
Maybe the lock-down will even bring new people to experience the benefits of exercise and hopefully they will continue the habit once this crisis is passed.
Stay strong, stay healthy. Life’s a Game - Keep Playing!
On The Pinboard you will find stories from the media and other sources that will interest and inform you.
Journalist Suzanne Moore, now in her mid-fifties and never previously one to trumpet the virtues of exercise, has written a piece for the Guardian recounting her decision to "take herself in hand" and halt the gradual slide into middle-aged ill-health and decrepitude (our word).
What are you doing to yourself? You may well ask.
Three or four years ago there were reports in the Daily Telegraph and the Independent, based on data from a specialist insurer, of a growth in serious injuries and deaths among the over 70's from participation in extreme sports.
Lono Tyson works out, and works out, and works out, 6 or 7 days a week. But he also snowboards, and he surfs, and he's recently taken part in a mini triathlon. So there must be something good about working out.
If you're interested in maintaining a good body, you may have heard a possibly apocryphal story about a person with a well muscled, lean physique who visited the doctor and was told that their BMI measurement showed them to be obese and that they should lose weight....
In her article about Osteoporosis, Professor Pat Woo tells us that for women, who are more vulnerable to this condition than men, one particularly good way of combatting it is resistance exercise. On that basis, here's an example of a woman who is particularly unlikely to suffer from it.