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  • midlifelove 9:45 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 25-year-old, 50-year-old, binge diet, cycling, , , fitness, gym, healthy, junk food, lifestyle, Madonna, running,   

    Average 50 year-old Fitter Than 25-year-old 

    madonnaThe average 50-year-old is now healthier and fitter than someone half their age, a study has revealed.

    It found the average 25-year-old in Britain consumes more than 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and scoffs 12 types of junk food a month.

    But the typical 50-year-old has only 1990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week.

    And while those in their mid-20s have three takeaways a month, the older generation have only one.

    Madonna the Role Model

    Pop star Madonna is a perfect example of someone who is fighting fit at the age of 50.

    Around 4,000 people aged 16 to 80 were quizzed as part of the diet and lifestyle study, which was commissioned by global nutrition and direct selling firm Herbalife.

    Neil Spiers, of Herbalife, said: “The results are surprising as it’s natural to think the younger you are, the fitter you are.

    “It seems many young people are making the mistake of underestimating the benefit of a more balanced, holistic approach to diet and lifestyle.

    “It’s great to think the older generation are showing the youngsters the way when it comes to healthier living.”

    More Likely to Walk Dog

    The survey found over-50s were more likely to walk during the day — to the shops or with the dog — while those in their 20s tend to drive everywhere. But when it comes to excuses for not exercising, more than a third of 25-year-olds blame lack of time, compared to 22 percent of over-50s.

    Seventy percent see themselves as healthy — exercising for 27 minutes a day, at least three times a week, opting to go for a walk, run, cycle or go to the gym.

    But the average person still believes they are overweight by 9 lbs and over a quarter of the population are on a diet.

    Fibbing About Flab

    The study also highlighted the lengths people will go to in order to hide their flab.

    Almost a quarter have lied about the amount they eat and one in five have fibbed about their weight. And 12 percent have cut labels out of clothing which revealed their real size.

    A sneaky 16 percent have turned to slimming aids without telling anyone and 7 percent have uploaded misleading pictures on Facebook. About a third admitted “binge dieting” to fit into a dress or to look good in a bikini in time for a holiday.

  • midlifelove 4:11 am on July 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bicycling, , cycling, Dr Irwin Goldstein, , Kate Hudson, , , , natural herbal supplement, Olsen twins, penile numbness, , Sheryl Crow, ,   

    Lance Armstrong’s Low Libido 

    Seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he’s no sex champion – even though he’s recently announced the birth of his fourth child, son Max (“20 inches long, 7lbs 5oz, Mommy healthy and so am I”) on Twitter.

    In the three years he was “retired” from professional cycling Lance made a name for himself as a celebrity skirt chaser, leaving his wife and the mother of his three children for singer Sheryl Crow, then breaking up with her three months into their engagement to go on and date actress Kate Hudson and one of the Olsen twins, before setting up with Max’s mother Anna Hansen.

    But in an interview with the Men’s Journal he says he really doesn’t understand why chicks dig him. He says he is sure it isn’t his sex drive!

    “I had sex if I had the energy. I wasn’t one of those guys who believed in the myths about the guy losing his chi. The fact is that if you are riding your bike six, seven hours a day, you are not a sex champion. You’re just not. You have fatigue, low testosterone, and a lower libido. But you know, I never got any complaints.”

    Does Cycling Cause Impotence?

    Clearly the athlete who contested his eighth Tour de France this year and who is promising to be back in 2010 hasn’t yet been struck with the ‘cyclist’s curse’ of impotence predicted by prominent urologist Dr Irwin Goldstein in Bicycling Magazine a few years ago.

    Dr Goldstein got plenty of attention with his claim that “There are two kinds of cyclists: those who are impotent and those who will be.” The jury is still out on whether Lance has anything to worry about, because there have been no qualified or scientifically acceptable studies carried out on the link between impotence and bicycling.

    Sure, there is plenty of anecdotal and clinical evidence to confirm that long-term or endurance cycling causes numbness and discomfort in the genital region, but does that equate to long-term cycling impotence?

    A survey conducted on participants in a Norwegian endurance bike race found that 20% of the competitors reported penile numbness lasting from a few minutes to a day or more following the event and that 13% of competitors reported temporary impotence.

    Manufacturers are currently experimenting with new saddles to reduce pressure and give more support.

    Treatment for Cycling Impotence

    If you’ve noticed a decline in sexual performance – or like Lance you are feeling the effects of fatigue, low testosterone and lowered libido – there are a range of options you can consider from pharmaceuticals like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to natural herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite (http://www.herbalignite.com) containing tribulus terrestris to boost testosterone. And in the meantime, until more hard evidence surfaces, you’ll be healthier getting on your bike and giving yourself a good cardio workout, than keeping off it because of fear of impotence.

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