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  • midlifelove 8:22 am on October 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Zone, , death, God, healthy diet, , Power Nine principles, , sound exercise principles,   

    Lessons for Living Longer 

    Psychologist Paul Cameron once conducted a survey on sex, God and death, and found big differences in how different age groups thought about these “big questions”.

    Sex

    • 18 to 25 year olds think about sex at least once every 10 minutes; middle aged people at least once every 35 minutes, and people over 65 once an hour.

    God

    • Young adults think about God once every 25 minutes, middle aged people every 15 minutes and people over 65 every ten minutes.

    Death

    • Young adults think about death every 25 minutes, old people every 15 minutes.

    The ‘Power Nine’ Principles
    lessons for living longer

    For most people it’s not just the idea of living longer that’s important, but ensuring we live longer with zest, enjoyment and minimum impairment.

    To discover how to do that, journalist Dan Buettner travelled to communities around the world with a higher than average share of healthy centenarians.

    The healthy elderly in Sardinia, Okinawa, Costa Rica, and Loma Linda (Seventh Day Adventists) in southern California shared life principles he boiled down to  the “Power Nine” in The Blue Zone, Lessons for living longer from the people who’ve live the longest (National Geographic).

    He suggests you don’t try more than three at a time. Start with the three with the best chance of success, and then gradually add more.

    Lesson No 1 Move Naturally

    Be active without having to think about it…

    You don’t need to run marathons or triathlons.

    Male centenarians in Sardinia worked most of their lives as shepherds, involving miles of hiking every day. Okinawans garden for hours daily. Adventists take nature walks.

    An ideal routine would be a combination of aerobic, balancing, and muscle strengthening activities. Dr Robert Butler* recommends exercising the core muscles at least twice a week. Yoga when done properly will increase balance.

    Sustaining the effort is the key. Says Dr Robert Kane*: “You need to be a miler, not a sprinter. Overall goal is to get into the habit of doing at least 30 minutes (ideally 60 minutes) of exercise at least five times a week.

    Lesson 2 Eat Less

    Painlessly cut calories by 20 per cent by stopping eating before you are full

    The secret of the Okinawans is ‘hara hachi bu’ – stop eating when your stomach is 80 per cent full. Okinawan’s daily calorie intake is 1900 calories, the Sardinian’s is 2000.

    This simple but powerful practice may amount to a painless version of calorie restriction – associated in lab animals with prolonged life. A happy by product is you lose weight and losing just 10 per cent of your body weight helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

    • Serve small servings and put the food away before taking your plate to the table. You’ll eat 14 per cent less
    • Make food look bigger –  say take a quarter pound of hamburger and bulk up  on lettuce tomato and onion instead of half a pound of hamburger
    • Use smaller plates and long narrow glasses – it looks more and you’ll consume less
    • Keep snacking foods out of sight.
    • Eat slowly
    • Eat early – have your biggest meal at lunchtime.

    Lesson 3 Plant Slant

    Avoid meat and processed foods

    In places like the communities in Sardinia and Okinawa, they eat small portions of unprocessed foods.

    Beans, whole grains and garden vegetables are the cornerstones of all these longevity diets. Whole grains deliver fiber, antioxidants cholesterol reducers and clot blockers, plus essential minerals. Nuts may be the most impressive of longevity foods.

    Eat four to six servings of vegetables a day

    Showcase fruit and vegetables

    Lesson 4 Red Wine

    Drink red wine (in moderation). That adds up to a serving or two per day, no more.  A daily drink or two is associated with lower rates of heart disease, helps create an “event” and encourages you to eat more slowly.

    Lessons 5 to 9 To Be Continued

    *Dr Robert Butler is president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA and professor og geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    *Dr Robert Kane is director of the Center on Aging and Minnesota Geriatric Education Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

     
  • midlifelove 7:49 am on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Madrid,   

    Beckham on Condoms 

    Hot for David Beckham?

    beckhamNow he can be part of your sex life – sort of.

    Condoms bearing Beckham’s image may soon be sold at the gift shop of the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, according to the Guardian.

    Packaging will be decorated with art works that’ll be on display in the museum’s Tears of Eros exhibit from late October. The exhibit will include British conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood’s sleeping David video, which features the professional soccer player.

    Sex and Death

    Tears of Eros will house 119 works and examine “the close relationship between sexual desire and the death instinct,” among other things, according to the Guardian.

    The campaign involving the soccer-player clad condoms has not yet been finalized, but museum sources told Guardian that it’s well on its way. “The condom manufacturers are keen, so we are pretty sure it will happen,” says a museum spokesman.

    Baroness Thyssen, a former Spanish beauty queen whose art-collector husband founded the museum, doesn’t foresee any controversy.

    “I don’t see why anyone should be scandalized,” she says. “It is a way of bringing art and responsibility together.”

     
  • midlifelove 7:08 am on October 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clinical trial, coronary artery disease, fixing erectile dysfunction, herbal alternative, , pelvic artery, pelvic stent, stents, stents for erectile dysfunction,   

    Pelvic Implants On The Way 

    pelvisDoctors have recognised for years now that erectile dysfunction is often an early warning sign of coronary artery disease, often preceding the onset of atherosclerosis by three years.

    Not surprising then that doctors at medicine’s “cutting edge” should look to the stent – a standard treatment for coronary disease – for fixing erectile dysfunction.

    And that is just what is happening, with ten medical centers in the US embarking on a stent trial that will no doubt perk the attention of men with ED who have found no other alternative that works for them.

    While some doctors involved in the trial see the results as mainly being suitable for young men who have suffered traumatic injuries that affect arterial flow, others are more hopeful the technique – if successful – might have wider uses.

    From Heart to Pelvis

    Stents are metal mesh tubes that commonly are placed in heart arteries during angioplasty procedures.

    With coronary disease, arteries become occluded and blood flow is decreased. In the new procedure being trialled with 50 men in ten medical centres throughout the US, the stent is placed in arteries in the pelvis to open up the arteries and allow blood flow, thus correcting the erectile dysfunction.

    The stent surgery may be invasive, but if it works, it may become quite commercial in the sense that it will be popular, like the breast implant, according to ABC news.

    Viagra Doesn’t Work for 50%

    Lead researcher Dr Jason H Rogers (UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA) says studies have shown that up to half of the 25 million U.S. men who report erectile dysfunction, or ED, do not adequately respond to drugs such as Viagra and Cialis.

    “There is an unmet clinical need for some other therapy to help these men.”

    Besides Viagra and Cialis, other ED treatments include vacuum pumps, self-injected medications and implants, each of which has drawbacks, Rogers said.

    “Invasiveness and the lack of spontaneity for intercourse are two of the major drawbacks” of the alternatives to popular medications such as Viagra, Rogers said.

    Not Penile Implant

    In the study, a tiny mesh tube coated with a drug would be threaded though a small incision in the body and implanted in arteries that supply blood to the penis, Rogers said.

    “Our theory is there are men who have blockages in arteries that feed the penis and that limits their ability to get an erection,” Rogers said. “We are not putting stents inside the penis, or putting some rigid metal tubes in the penis to make it stiff.”

    Results will be known in 2011.  Would you be interested in having this treatment, or interested in your man having it? Is it just a natural progression of medical science for an increasingly aged population? Let us know what you think.

    Herbal Alternative

    Some herbal alternatives offer a solution for erectile dysfunction that does not involve either surgery or pharmaceutical medicines. Herbal Ignite is a formula containing herbs to boost testosterone, provide natural PDE5 inhibitors, and a natural anti-stress remedy.  Check it out today at http://www.herbaligniteusa.com.

     
    • Philtron3030 1:22 am on October 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Penis Stents? Are you kidding me?

      Power to them if it works. Just seems like time to find another hobby than sex. I hear fishing is nice…

  • midlifelove 11:53 pm on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Loma Linda, make family a priority, Okinawa, purposeful living, relieve stress, Sardinia, The Blue Zone,   

    Living Well Longer 

    danJournalist Dan Buettner has been researched communities of healthy centenarians around the world for ground breaking studies he did for National Geographic. In his book The Blue Zone, Lessons for living longer from the people who’ve live the longest (National Geographic) he translated the lifestyles of the vigorous elderly into the ‘Power Nine” principles of living well longer.

    Lessons 1 – 4 of the Power Nine dealt with exercise and diet.

    Lesson 5 Life Purpose

    Have a reason to get up in the morning

    Take time to see the big picture. Taking stock and having a purpose acts as a buffer against stress and reduces the chances of Alzheimers, arthritis and strokes.

    Dr Robert Butler’s* 11 year National Institute of Health-funded study followed highly functioning people aged 65 – 92 and found individuals who expressed a clear goal in life lived longer and were mentally sharper.

    Learning a new activity – a musical instrument or language – can do it for you.

    Says Dr Thomas Perls*: “Do things that are novel and complex. Once you get good at them, and they are no longer novel, then move on to something else.”

    Learning new things is like strength training for the brain, and has been shown to decrease memory loss.

    Lesson 6 Foster Serenity

    Take time to relieve stress

    Many of Dan Buettner’s health elderly had a sense of sublime serenity. Doctors now are discovering slowing down may help the body cope with chronic inflammation.

    • Reduce the noise – minimise time spent with TV, radio and the Internet.
    • Be early. Arrive 15 minutes early to every appointment.
    • Meditate or pray.

    Lesson 7 Belong

    Participate in a spiritual community

    Studies show attending religious services, even as infrequently as once a month, may make a difference to how long a person lives. Put generally, the faithful are healthier and happier. They are less likely to engage in harmful behaviours, and may have higher self esteem and self worth.

    Lesson 8 Loved Ones first

    Make family a priority

    Invest time and energy in your children, your spouse and your parents. Play with your children, nurture your marriage, and honour your parents. Families represent the highest degree of social network.

    Lesson 9 Join the Right Tribe

    Be surrounded by those who share “Blue Zone” values. “This may be the most powerful thing you can do to change your lifestyle for the better,” suggest Dan Buettner.

    Spend time with people who reinforce right habits. Spend at least 30 minutes a day with members of your inner circle. Establish a regular time to meet and share a meal together. Building strong friendships is an investment that will pay back handsomely in added years.

    Dr Robert Butler is president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA and professor og geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    Dr Thomas Perls is director of the New England Centenarian Study and association professor of medicine and geriatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine.

     
  • midlifelove 4:08 am on October 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , drunkest guy ever goes for beer, , excess alcohol, , , , long term alcohol abuse   

    Drunkest Ever Guy Goes For Beer 

    This guy gives new meaning to the word “paralytic” drunk and that’s for sure. The Drunkest Guy Ever has already gathered millions of YouTube views and you can see why – it’s horribly riveting to watch him scuttle around on his back like a crippled beetle, trying to right itself.

    And you can bet his problems in “getting up” will extend far beyond standing on his two legs.

    His girl friend – if this loser has a woman in his life which would be surprising – will have already discovered that excess alcohol consumption produces budding “super-studs” who end up being “all talk and no action!”

    Alcohol Abuse Causes Impotence

    Case studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse causes alcohol impotence in men even when they are sober.

    The bottom line is that at best excess alcohol leads to chronic sexual under-performance and at worst chronic alcohol impotence.

    Yet other recent research shows women with any brains don’t stick around for men who drink and smoke excessively. Sorry buddy, failing to get more beer is the least of your problems!

    Herbal Help

    Herbal alternatives can help with erectile dysfunction, but if you’re drinking as heavily as our friend here is, there’s nothing going to save you from a life of bummed out sexual disappointments.  For the rest of the men in more control of their lives, there’s Herbal Ignite.

     
  • midlifelove 9:12 am on October 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: midlife crisis, midlife crisis retreat, Nigel Havers, Passat, Tribal DDB London   

    Take the Midlife Crisis Cure 

     

    Do you believe:

    • 24,000 men in their 50s think: “if Douglas can pull Zeta Jones,
      then so can I.”
    • 28% of men in their 40s think more about their abs than their kids.
    • 14% of men in their 40s believe they could fight a wolf and win.
    • 17% of men in their mid-40s find Jean-Claude Van Damme ‘an inspiration’.

    mid life crisisIf you do, you’ve just been spoofed by a witty ad campaign directed at middle-class men in their 40s and 50s who are in danger of toppling into Midlife Crisis.

    They’re the men who are “starting to feel marginalised by a society of SMS’ing teenagers and reality TV,” according to the campaign’s creators, Tribal DDB London.

    Spa “hosted” by Nigel Havers

    Midlife men can test out whether they are in danger of midlife crisis by answering questions like:

    • Have you ever had the urge for an alcopop?
    • Are you over-competitive with your children?
    • Do you pretend to like sushi?

    If the man is diagnosed as in danger of slipping down the slippery slope to tight leather trousers and shirts that are short of two buttons they are invited to “take the midlife crisis cure” at a stereotypical country house spa, “opened by Nigel Havers in 1973.”

    Make a booking and receive a free copy of the three-time married actor’s (Chariots of Fire, The Charmer) autobiography Playing With Fire*. (Yes it’s all lies.)

    The Country Cure

    Arriving at the Cornish retreat with Japanese water garden and the men:

    • choose the sheets they want (Playboy bunny or satin)
    • choose the mirrors they want in their room (ceiling or floor to ceiling etc)
    • see if their old chat-up lines still work – and get a glass of wine in their face if they don’t
    • push themselves beyond medically advised limits
    • and generally make a prat of themselves until they develop appreciation of the “under stated style and integrity” of a Passat.

    Take the mid life crisis test

    If you feel a close friend or loved one is in danger of falling into midlife crisis Tribal DBD has created a personalised MPU for users to input a friend’s name, age and midlife crisis symptoms. 

    They then received a personalised film from midlife crisis consultant, Dr Vincent Weybridge.

    Refer Suspects Today

    As midlife crisis retreat dotcom warns, the symptoms of a midlife episode are subtle, but revealing. If you or your loved one is exhibiting any you’d like to share we’d love to hear about them.

    If you, or some dear to you, shows a tendency to copy chimpanzees (Research shows Chimpanzees also suffer a midlife crisis. Common symptoms include the desire to mate with young female chimps, and the misguided belief that they can swing from very high branches) or think they can fight a wolf and win then refer them immediately.

    On the other hand you could relax with a nice chardonnay and hope this madness will pass.

     
  • midlifelove 8:54 am on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bob Hope, Dave Carroll, lost luggage, luggage claim, Taylor guitar, United Breaks Guitars, YouTube   

    When Airlines Mess Up 

    lost luggageIf you’ve ever had an airline lose or damage your luggage you’ll have plenty of sympathy for Canadian musician Dave Carroll, who’s found a creative way to vent his frustration after (he says) United Airlines smashed his $3500 Taylor guitar and refused him compensation.

    His first YouTube video ‘United Breaks Guitars’ has gathered five million views since it was posted in July and he has just lodged the second video of a promised trio, devoted to Miss Irlwig, the last United employee to rebuff him.

    Along the way he’s given thousands of disgruntled United Airlines customers an avenue to publicly air their gripes, magnifying the public relations nightmare for the airline.

    Early Morning Chorus

    One recent business blogger noted he’d boarded an early morning shuttle bus from his hotel at JFK airport. “Barely awake, I heard the driver call for airlines and terminals. Someone piped up “United” and the immediate rejoinder from the rest of the passengers was a chorus of the song ‘United Breaks Guitars’”.

    After the song began racking up YouTube views United caved and offered to pay up. Carroll declined and suggested that United give the money to charity.

    The thousands of comments Dave’s posting has drawn underlines how common the experience of lost or damage bags is.

    As globe-trotting comedian Bob Hope once quipped “I’ve been to almost as many places as my luggage.”

    Tips to Avoid Claim Problems

    Dave acknowledges he made his “broken guitar” claim late – days after he’d found the damage – and Traveller magazine notes the key for a traveller with lost or damaged luggage is simple: don’t leave the airport without making a claim. Waiting as little as three days can sometimes invalidate your rights.

    If you’ve waited fruitlessly at the baggage carousel for suitcases which never arrive, before you leave the baggage reclamation area ensure you report the loss, and insist on filing the complaint even if you are told that your bag will be arriving on the next flight.
    You will be given a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) to fill in. Do this on the spot and ask for a copy. This form, together with the baggage receipt you were given at check-in, (the assistant usually sticks this to the ticket or onto your passport) are essential if you want to make a compensation claim from the airline or from your travel insurance. Your PIR is not a claim in itself, so you must still make a claim in writing within seven days.

    Compensation for delayed arrival of luggage
    If you are on your outward journey, be sure to ask for some cash for immediate supplies. The airline may suggest you buy the supplies and they will refund on receipt.

    Agree to the spending limit in advance and don’t expect too much generosity as airlines take the view that once your bag has turned up you will have future use of its contents.

    On your homebound journey, the airline will not be so forthcoming since they will assume you have everything you need at home. At best, when the bag does finally turn up the airline will deliver the bag to you at their own expense.

    At worst, it will take up to twenty-one days before the airline admits that your bag is lost. In this case, you are eligible for compensation, but you will have to write in again.

    Follow these guidelines and you shouldn’t need to repeat Dave Carroll’s experience. Then again, those millions of YouTube viewers would also have missed out on the fun.

     
  • midlifelove 2:15 am on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aviation medicine, blokes, bowel cancer, coronary heart disease, , Dr Dave Baldwin, Healthy Bastards, , STDs   

    Healthy Men See Their Doc 

    Healthy manIt’s well known that most men would rather suffer in silence than go to the doctor – unless they have a woman in their life to push them into making an appointment.

    New research shows men who live alone are 40 per cent less likely to get screened for prostate cancer than men who are married or have a “significant other”.

    Although the research doesn’t spell out why this is,  we can all guess it’s the wife or partner, used to years of submitting to cervical cancer smears and mammograms, who encourages her man to just suck it up and go do it.

    ‘Blokes’ Dying Too Soon

    That male reluctance to see the doctor has led to a significantly higher numbers of “ordinary blokes” dying much earlier than they need to from preventable, treatable diseases.

    And that’s one statistic that Kiwi doctor Dave Baldwin is working hard to change.

    Dr Dave knows how to be humorous about a very serious subject, and he’s spent years working on shattering the silence on men’s health issues as a country GP (general practitioner) and pioneer in aviation medicine offering a mobile medical service for pilots.

    (He had three years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force attached to the A-4 Skyhawks of 75 Squadron, holds a commercial pilot’s license and lists his Cessna 172 Hawk XP2 alongside wife Sandi as the “loves of his life”.)

    Now with his newly published book Healthy Bastards-  A Bloke’s Guide to Being Healthy (Random House NZ) one of New Zealand’s most adventurous medics is giving “the lowdown on prostates and peckers” – and a lot more besides – for men tempted to just ignore their symptoms and soldier on.

    The Word According to Dr Dave

    Dr Dave emphasises there is a serious message underlying his humorous approach to medicine; men can expect to live an average of four years less than women and are dying from cancers, heart disease and cardiovascular disease at higher rates.

    He cites coronary heart disease as one case – men are almost twice as likely as women to die from it.

    Some other titbits from Healthy Bastards

    • Cancer cells are “like a boy racer on P – basically out of control”.
    • Bowel cancer symptoms fit two types – on the left side (from anus to half way up) cancers tend to cause blockages and result in altered bowel habits – alternating constipation and diarrhoea, while on the right side (from halfway along the large intestine to where it merges with small intestine) cancers tend to be large, bleed, and cause blood in the faeces.
    • STD’s can cause long term problems such as infertility and chronic pain. Condoms provide some, but not total protection.  If you use lubricants, make them water-based (like KY jelly) as the oil-based ones like Vaseline can weaken the condom.
    • Diabetes shouldn’t hold you back and is manageable. Some of New Zealand’s top sportspeople – notably cricketer Craig McMillan have diabetes.  Warning signs are a constant raging thirst, lack of energy and “pissing like crazy.”
     
  • midlifelove 10:13 am on October 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alprostadil injections, , , , nerve-sparing technique, , prostactectomy, , prostate surgery, , risk factors, , , sildenafil, treatments and risks, tumor,   

    Prostate Cancer – the Most Risky Treatments 

    treatmentIt’s a topic that has made it into the story lines of 30 Rock and Boston Legal, but it’s still a “touchy” subject men are reluctant to talk about. That’s the risk of temporary or permanent erectile dysfunction from prostate cancer treatment.

    Temporary or permanent impotence can affect up to 70 per cent of men with prostate cancer, and only a few high profile men – among them Rudy Guiliani in the US and broadcaster Paul Holmes in New Zealand  – are willing to publicly acknowledge the issue, even when they talk about prostate cancer.

    Whether a man retains good sexual function very much depends on a range of factors, including the size and aggressiveness of the tumor, the patient’s age, lifestyle, and overall health, and the treatment option chosen.

    It’s impossible for a doctor to predict ahead of treatment what the outcome for an individual is likely to be.

    Risk Factors Assessed

    But here is a rundown on the treatment options and the risk factors involved:

    Surgery (Radical Prostatectomy)

    The first US nationally representative study to evaluate long-term outcomes after radical prostatectomy concluded that impotence occurs far more frequently than previously reported.

    Those who have so-called nerve-sparing surgeries have better results than those whose surgeries affect the nerves around the prostate. Some evidence also suggests that sexual function rates might improve if the nerve-sparing prostate surgeries also spare the ducts that carry semen.

    • Some degree of erectile dysfunction occurs right after surgery to remove the prostate, regardless of whether the technique that tries to spare the nerve that controls erections is performed or not.
    • If the nerve-sparing technique is used, recovery from erectile dysfunction may occur within the first year following the procedure. Recovery of erectile function after a non-nerve-sparing surgery is unlikely, but possible.
    • One study shows erectile dysfunction rates of 66% for nerve-sparing prostatectomy versus 75% for non-nerve sparing surgery at one year after the surgery. The use of vacuum devices or drugs such as Viagra after surgery once the body has healed may improve the quality of erections and speed the return of normal sexual function.
    • Some studies suggest that impotence after prostate surgery may in part be due to injury to the smooth muscles in the blood vessels. Early treatments to maintain penile blood flow, particularly alprostadil injections, may helpful in restoring erectile function. In one study, men administered injections every other night for six months. They then started taking sildenafil (Viagra) three months after surgery. At six months, 82% of these men achieved penetration compared to only 52% of men who took Viagra only. The vacuum pump may serve a similar purpose as the injections.

    Radiation

    Loss of erectile function is the most common long-term complication of radiation therapy.

    • The onset of erectile dysfunction following radiation therapy is gradual and usually begins about six months following the treatment.
    • Although it is generally believed that radiation poses a lower risk for impotence than does surgery, studies have reported similar rates after three years. Experts suggest radiation injures the blood vessels and so leads to erectile dysfunction over time.
    • Some studies report a lower risk for impotence from brachytherapy, a radiation technique that involves the implantation of radioactive seeds compared to external-beam radiation. Still, there have been very few studies that have lasted more than two years. One five-year study reported a high long-term rate of impotence (53%) with brachytherapy, which is close to that of standard externally administered radiation. Early use of alprostadil injections and Viagra may help these men as well as those who had surgery.

    Drug Treatments

    Prostate cancer medical treatments commonly employ androgen-suppressive treatments, which cause erectile dysfunction.

    • When hormone therapy is used, erectile dysfunction may occur approximately two to four weeks after the start of therapy. A decreased desire for sex also occurs.
     
  • midlifelove 4:18 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australian Crawl band, Dallas Cowboy, Dancing With the Stars, die dancing, feel young, Michael Irvin, , Sons of Beaches   

    Dance Away Aging 

    Dallas Cowboy great Michael Irvin tackled his “inevitable midlife crisis” at 43 by appearing on Dancing With the Stars.

    The Hall of Fame wide receiver says dancing “is a way I can have my crisis without getting in a race car or going with a 19-year old.”

    Dance. It makes you smile, keeps you in shape, helps you feel sexy and make new friends. You can dance to old hits to make you feel the age you were when you first danced to them, or dance to new hits and feel like a new young hipster. It feels good to just move with the mood and revive dance steps you’ve haven’t used in ages.

    Feel Young Again

    As this video of some chaps who won’t see 40 again demonstrates, you can dance with joy and freedom at any age.

    There’s no better way of recapturing the feeling of being young again – even if we start to look a bit tragic doing it.

    As great Aussie band Australian Crawl sang in Mid Life Crisis on their #1 selling album Sons of Beaches:

    In the evening they dance with 50 others solo
    Fast approaching a Mid-Life Crisis  . . .
    Pickin’ it up & then lettin’ it go
    Thrillin’, espodrillin’ as they’re chinnin’ away
    Fast approaching a Mid-Life Crisis.”

    And it appears, age is no limit.

    I’d Rather Die Dancing

    A UK research study has found older people, whatever their physical condition, can gain benefit from dancing.  Dr Sara Houston of the University of Surrey ran a three–year dancing programme for people in residential care.

    The participants, aged between 70 and 90, likened the dance sessions to a way of regaining a sense of fun, youthfulness and sexiness. In addition to creating a sociable atmosphere, the sessions also led to participants maximising their dexterity and mobility whatever their physical condition.
    Says Dr Houston: “The project was valuable in that it was a good example of how dance need not be the preserve for the gifted young, that it can benefit the physical and psychological health of people whatever their age. The project was summed up by one of the participants who stated that she’d rather die dancing than alone in her room.”

    So, no excuses now.  Loosen your belt, let go of your inhibitions, turn up the music, and start dancing!

     
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