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What Do You Do To Stay In Shape?

Posted October 26, 2009, 8:45 am
Growing Bolder asks leaders, thinkers, writers, life coaches, entertainers and role models to weigh in on issues affecting our lives.

What Do You Do To Stay In Shape?

Eva Birath Eva Birath
I agree totally, there is no reason why anybody shouldn’t train. We have everything to gain from it. Not only our health, we feel a lot better about ourselves and become happier, sleep better, well everything gets better.

I believe that we can throw away a lot of our medicines if we train, for instance Viagra, blood pressure medicines, happy pills etc. The body is meant for work and if we don't we will get sick. Why wait? It is probably the best investment we can do for the future.

I walk 1 hour before breakfast every morning and lift weights in the evening. Training has always been important to me, more now then ever before since I have had problems with my balance for the past four years. My strength and muscles helps me keep my balance and training is the only thing I can do not to get worse.

I train my whole body once a week divided at 3 or 4 times, 4 sets with 8 reps and 2 or 3 different exercises on each muscle group. I try to change exercises now and then, to get some variation. I walk one hour before breakfast, mostly in the gym since it is difficult for me to keep my balance walking outdoors.

I believe that you always have to eat a lot of protein to feel good and to get the most out of your training. I have started to use more fat in my food and to cut down even more on carbohydrates, it works well for me. This is what I eat: Protein drinks, chicken, red meat, fish, shrimps and eggs with oil, cream, mayo and vegetables. Nuts, peanut butter and cheese for snacks.

About Eva Birath
She was a successful marketing executive who's life changed dramatically when in 2002 she ended her second marriage, lost her job, her home, her car and her confidence. The gym was the only place she could escape her problems. Someone told her she had a great physique for bodybuilding, so she decided to give it a try. She entered her first competition at the age of 47 and won! Now, she's not only one of the top bodybuilders in all of Sweden, at 53 she's one of the oldest! 

Sandy Scott.jpeg Sandy Scott
The St. Petersburg area of Florida has a clutch of rather unique inhabitants. A few of the examples are as follows: Earl Henry, multiple national and world champion track cyclist. Earl also currently is the world record holder for the 200 meter sprint. Joe Burgasser, multiple national champion runner and United States national record holder at many distances. Dr. Don Ardell, three time world champion at both the triathlon and duathlon. Don won the world sprint triathlon in Gold Coast Australia this past August. Bill Riley, winner of the world triathlon championship at Kona, Hawaii. Bill also won the national 15 kilometer title a few months ago. The list goes on and on, but space constrains me. Oh, did I mention, these chaps are all 70ish in age? I want to be like them when I grow up - I don't turn 70 for a few months! Perhaps there is something special in the water in this area, but I believe the facts to be otherwise. These chaps are all the product of a healthful lifestyle which includes daily exercise.
My favorite physical activity is cycling. It doesn't jar your body as does running, and you don't need to find a swimming pool - you simply ride a bike on the streets or hopefully on local bicycle paths. I was playing couch potato one day about 5 years ago when my then girl friend and now fiance, Rose Marie Ray showed up at my house sporting two bicycles on the back of her SUV. She announced to me, "We are going on a bicycle ride and I packed a picnic lunch." We rode about 10 miles, stopped for lunch, and had a delightful time. I bought my own bicycle the next week. Little did she know what she had unleashed.

I ride every day. According to the computer program that I use to track my cycling, I have averaged 322 miles per week year to date. I'm typically in the saddle about 27 hours per week, lift weights, and have added a bit of running to my exercise regimen. My body fat is typically around 4% and I can tell you, that you want to feel like I feel. If you were to see any of the above mentioned people, you would never guess that most are over 70 years old. For example, here is a recent picture of me:

I think we could solve our medical crisis more easily if most people would exercise vigorously for a few hours a week, and have good nutritional habits. When I do have occasion to see a physician they marvel at my physical condition. Let me mention, that at one point of my life, in my mid 20s, I weighed 198 pounds and I sported a 36" waist (it is now 29). What I am saying, is that I was not a natural physical specimen, but I worked at staying in shape.  If you do so, you will look better, feel better and perhaps find that you can discard some of those medications that you are currently taking.

Exercise has changed my life. I have boundless energy and I probably feel better than the typical teenager. I train with people considerably younger then I am, but I happily slow down for them so that they can keep up with me! The only thing that I find confusing is that I am trying to figure out who the old guy is that always steps in front of me when I am trying to check myself out in the mirror!

About Sandy Scott
He's a retired airline pilot who decided, in his 60's, to try cycling. A year later, he set a record for his age group! He was headed for victory in the 2005 Florida Senior games trials when he was nearly killed in a collision. He had a broken neck. Doctors told him he'd never ride again. Two years later, he was back! Sandy now owns the state record for fastest 5K by anyone over 60. He is the Florida state time trial and road race champion and he's the first person in the state older than 65 to run under 33 minutes in the 20K time trial. He's closing in on age 70 with no signs of slowing down.

ted-skup-pushup1x1.jpg Ted Skup
Hi, my name is Ted, and I'm both a Pusher and an Addict. Let me explain.."The Pusher" is my nickname because I've officially done more then 11 million push-ups to date. I'm also an addict because I do 1000 push-ups everyday, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for 30 years.

I call my routine "Horizontal Jogging" because doing high performance push-ups not only builds strength, it is also an aerobic exercise.  Thats the best one two punch that you can't get from any other exercise. Besides the health benefits, push-ups are  the most portable exercise in the world and there absolutely free. 

I recommend push-ups for men, women and children of all ages because it saves both time and money. I've been asked, Ted your pitching a free exercise but you want to be paid for your stupid book. Two things. One: The book is not that stupid. Two: The book is Absolutely Free, its called the Library! Oh Crap! There go my book sales for next year.

About Ted Skup
He believes that with obesity levels at an all-time high, fitness needs be a national priority. He says despite the fact we have an arsenal of exercise options at our disposal, the ultimate choice is, the simple push-up. Skup takes on the 35-billion-dollar fitness industry and explains why it is failing us, with its bogus claims, magic bullets, and quick fixes. Although the fitness industry may not want to hear it, push-ups are free, no equipment, no gimmicks and totally portable. He is the author of Death, Taxes & Push-ups.

Nick at the Women's Distance Festival 5K Road Race, 9/20/08 in Tallahassee, a couple hundred yards from the finish line in Indianhead Acres, my home turf. Nick Gandy
I stay active for a variety of reasons.  One, being that I'm three years away from being able to participate in the Florida Senior Games.  By the time I hit 50 I want to be in good shape to compete in an event that inspires me.  Another is my two sons, age 12 and 8 are active in sports and I want to be able to assist them to be competitive in those sports.  Even if it's just throwing a baseball or football in our backyard.  My final, and possibly the most inspiring reason, is that I lost 80 pounds about eight years ago while undergoing radiation treatment to my neck and there is no way I'm going to go back to weighing 280+ pounds.
To rid my body of the nasopharyngeal cancer I was diagnosed with while my wife was seven months pregnant with my eight year old son, I underwent twice a day radiation treatment for six weeks.  My throat was literally burned on the inside and out and eating was not a pleasant experience during that time.  Needless to say, it was not fun.  But that is long in the past and the weight loss was a positive.  While I have gained some of the weight back, I have kept the majority of it off and try to stay in the 225-230 range.
I work out at the local YMCA as much as I can doing cardio vascular work on the bicycle.  I walk and run through our neighborhood 2-3 miles as much as I can.  I have a wonderful training partner, Maisy, our five-year old Rat Terrier, who is always ready to go with me.  Even at 5:30 in the morning.  I like to work up a sweat while working in our yard and I play on our church softball team.  I've loved baseball since I was a kid and have played in one form or another since that time.  Another recent activity I have been enjoying is disc golf.  I've always been able to throw a frisbee pretty good and like regular golf, you can get in a pretty good walk playing 18 holes.
I'm 47 years old and for the most part, I don't feel my age.  I know that many will shake their heads and say I'm still young.  But there are many days where the rigors of daily life can really bring you down.  I know that a good walk through the neighborhood with Maisy, an hour at the YMCA or a game of catch with my sons can really make a difference in the way you feel both physically and mentally.  

About Nick Gandy
Nick Gandy understands better than most the difference that being physically active makes in life. He faced his own mortality surviving cancer in his mid-40s. And as communications director for the Florida Sports Foundation he's helped make the Senior Games as successful as they are. He's also gotten to know many of the participants, heard their stories and has been so inspired that he's made it his goal to participate in the games when he turns 50 as an athlete!

Ed Shadle Ed Shadle
At this late stage in my life, I no longer push myself like I once did but I do try to stay healthy enough to drive fast cars, go skiing and work up a sweat without worrying about having a heart attack.

I do pushups, squats and so on every morning along with a jog with my dogs. Because skiing season is coming up soon, I've picked it up a little. Still, I can no longer shoe a horse, run up a mountainside or cut up a cord of wood with my trusty ol chainsaw without stopping a half dozen times to wipe the sweat and huff and puff for a while.

I do think that laying around, watching TV, spending hours on the PC and eating every thing that is put in front of you is a formula for disaster. Keep moving, keep working, keep flirting with pretty girls, keep having fun and drink a cold beer from time to time. That works for me!

About Ed Shadle
At age 67, he is a speed demon who's attempting to steal something the British have had for 20 years -- the world land speed record. And he plans on doing it with a jet-powered car he created himself. Shadle, who worked with IBM for 30 years, created the car from an old fighter plane. The North American Eagle is an old Lockheed F-104 Starfighter that he modified to not lift off the ground. But Shadle doesn't want to be the driver of the car when the record attempt is made in Nevada, so he's looking for a driver by holding an essay contest. Shadle says the car will go up 800 mph, which is more than half of the speed of the old airplane that flew 1,400 mph.

Howard-Stone-1x1.jpg Howard Stone
While I alternate my daily delicious cardiovascular activity between biking, swimming, walking, laughter yoga (see http://happy-go-laughter.com/) and walking, it's my job that keeps my soul alive and juicy. 

About Howard Stone
With Americans living longer, healthier lives, the conventional idea of retirement is obsolete. Millions of Americans are working past the age of sixty-five - not because they have to, but because they want to. Many, like Howard and his wife Marika, discover second careers, start their own businesses, or go back to school. Howard enjoyed a long career in international advertising sales and magazine publishing before he became a certified life coach at age sixty-four. Marika is the editorial director of 2young2retire.com and has been a journalist, English teacher, public relations account executive, and small business owner. She is also a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.

Shirley Mitchell Shirley W. Mitchell
I attended the Women In Business Summit in Raleigh, N.C. recently, produced by the Boomer Diva Nation (Divine Inspired Vivacious Anointed) women. Pam Archer an exercise expert, talked about Body Talk.  She informed us that everything we did in life that got our heart rate up helped keep us fit. 

Of course going to the gym regularly is great.  But if that's not your cup of tea, try a sport (tennis, volley ball etc).  She recommended walking! (It is free)  Dancing, swimming, anything that you enjoy- do that! I enjoy walking at the Marshall Medical Health Connection Walking Track.  The mile track is well lighted, safe, no pets allowed, and I enjoy the well kept surrounding. 

There are two wooden bridges crossing a grueling brook. Squirrels scamper up the beautiful trees, and butterflies flit about the colorful flowers.  The brisk air and the brisk walk clears my head. I also walk up and down a steep flight of stairs from my kitchen to my office about 20 times a day. I have been exercising about 10 years now. What made me start was Mid-life weight gain and heart health problems. I enjoy exercising 3 days a week. And it's given me deeper breathing, more energy, more stamina, better sleep, better focus and a healthier heart!

About Shirley W. Mitchell
An unexpected divorce later in life shook Shirley W Mitchell into a journey of self discovery. What evolved from it was a more positive approach to her future and the knowledge that she had the power to help choose the course it would take. Always looking ahead, she was writing about, and promoting, a "Positive Aging Lifestyle" before most were even thinking about it. Her life's passion and purpose is to promote "Positive Aging and Vitality in Health". Known today as "The Golden Egg of Aging", she is a writer and radio host who focuses on issues relevant to baby boomers and women everywhere.

Joan Hansen Joan Hansen
I feel there is no doubt but that exercise is the key to sustained good health – we see this every day in our RSVP volunteers.  Those who go to the gym, walk, dance, or do some form of exercise (in addition to their volunteer service, of course) maintain their vitality, energy, health, and enthusiasm for life.
I personally feel that walking 25 minutes every morning (at 5:30 am) helps relieve me of some of the tension in my life.  On the mornings that I walk, which is five or six days a week, I feel that my day begins with a calm and peacefulness permeating my body as I view the twinkling stars, see the bunnies jumping, hear the birds sing, feel the gentle wind blowing, and sometimes even see a beautiful full moon.  It is also a time that I begin to plan and to organize my day.
A few weeks ago while race-walking in the dark, my foot hit a round acorn and I went down.  I sprained my ankle and could not walk for two weeks.  It was during this time that I sensed a restlessness and tension resurfacing my body.  This break in my activity reinforced to me how important it is to my happiness and well being to begin each day with an exercise that puts me in touch with nature.
And now that I am back to walking, I give thanks each for morning for my many blessings and thank God that I have another day to serve Him and my community.

About Joan Hansen
Joan is the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Orange County, Fla. RSVP is designed to help people 55 or better to participate more fully in the life of their community through significant volunteer services. She has worked with seniors for 28 years. She is a supporter and long-time volunteer for the Amachi program which finds mentors for the children of prisoners. After cancer took the life of her daughter, Joan stepped up to raise her granddaughter and takes her on adventures all over the world. 

Roy Pirrung.JPG Roy Pirrung
In 1980, my weight began another upward swing.  It had happened a few other times in my life and I had always managed to get it under control.  This time I decided it would be the last time.  At age 32, I was moving toward the 200 pound mark again and I knew things had to change in my lifestyle or this would be a pattern that would continue until I could no longer keep my weight in check.

I saw a fat lady running by my house everyday, I began to time her jog past the house and then her return.  She was gone from 45 minutes to 90 minutes everyday.  She wore a heavy, gray, hooded sweat-stained warm up suit and I thought, if she can do it, so can I.

The months passed, I ran my first race, 26.2 miles, and as I trained for my second marathon, about 4 miles out of town, a car stopped and the driver, the fat lady who had passed my house many times, asked if I wanted a ride home.  I told her no, that I was training for a marathon and she drove away.  Several days later, I was lacing up my shoes on the back porch when she ran by again.  I dashed after her, intent on asking her how far she ran each day, as she did not seem to be losing the weight I had been able to  take off once I started running.

Jogging alongside her I braced the question and she replied, she ran to the fast food place down the street, approximately a half-mile away, had coffee and Danish and read the newspaper.  I was astounded that this woman had inspired me, but grateful she had.

Fifteen years later, while I was training for my first Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, a couple entered the sauna where I was stretching after a swim at my health club.  She asked me if I remembered her.  I looked her in the eyes and said, "You used to be that fat lady!"  She went on to tell me I had inspired her to get fit and become healthy.  Funny how two people can inspire each other.

I have been running for nearly 30 years, and have run in close to 850 races, from 1 mile to six-days.  I have finished 150 ultra marathons and will run my 100th marathon from Marathon to Athens, Greece in November of 2009.  Along the way I have earned over 60 national ultra titles and broken more than 60 American Records and one World Record.       

The difference exercise and eating healthy has made in my life are nearly unexplainable.  Needless to say, I never gained excess weight, I was given opportunities to travel as a sponsored athlete, give motivational talks to people who were in the same boat I was in at one time, write a newspaper column and make friends all over the world.  I wouldn't trade that first day of running for anything--it was my 32nd birthday present, one that I will never forget.

See you in a few miles....roy

About Roy Pirrung
At first, the former two-pack-a-day smoker says he couldn't even run two blocks. He knew he needed to make a change, so he set out to lose some weight and to quit smoking. So, on his 32nd birthday, Roy Pirrung started running. Almost 30 years later, he's still running. To date he's completed over 100 ultra marathons. He is a member of the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame and is in demand as a public speaker on the subject of health, fitness and nutrition.

Susan Silver Susan Silver
I know that we are supposed to say "good sex" is the best exercise! and it is. It's just harder to find partners these days, for those of us who are single. The real exercise I do is varied...since my thirties I worked out with weights.

Now I'm doing Pilates which I love! It's made me more limber and not as tight in the shoulders and back as weights. I also walk and try to ride the stationery bike in my gym basement but am not being as good as I should on that.

So...if the sex angle is interesting to any nice men I am still looking for Mr. More than Adequate in the NY area!

About Susan Silver
Susan was a writer for several of the greatest TV shows of all time, including "The Bob Newhart Show," "Mary Tyler Moore," and "Maude." These days, she writes a hilarious relationship column called, "The Search for Mr. Adequate." She is a frequent guest on NBC's Today Show whenever the subject turns to relationships, and she's a favorite repeat guest on the Growing Bolder Radio Show. 

Tony Handler Tony Handler
I truly believe in the old adage, "Use it or lose it".  Or as Helen Keller once said,  "When you rest, you rust". There is no question that staying active and working out keeps many people healthier, and therefore could be a factor in reducing healthcare costs.

My favorite activity is competing in Triathlons, which I have been doing for 24 years, and I believe the 230 triathlons I have done have helped me win the battle against 6 different types of cancer.  I started working out and doing triathlons after my first diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.  They told me I had 2 years to live and I decided this would be my way of fighting back, and it seems to have worked as I am still here and doing triathlons 24 years later.

There are usually not a lot of competitors in the 70-74 age group, but I enjoy just crossing the finish line and hope to continue until the body doesn't cooperate anymore.

About Tony Handler
Tony Handler isn't supposed to be alive. In 1983 he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. His doctor told him had two years to live. Despite this news he continued training. He pushed himself to compete in triathlons which he continues to do to this very day. He's had a number of major health challenges since, but steadfastly refuses to let them be the focus of his life.

Bobbe Lyon Bobbe Lyon
In 2001 I had a bad automobile accident and was unable to take my usual mile and a half walk each morning. Lots of strains and bruises plus a head injury.

A friend suggested water aerobics as a gentle way of getting exercise while getting my range of motion back.  I tried it, it worked, I fell in love with it and now work out 3-5 times a week.  When I miss classes for too long, I swear I'm in withdrawal.  It's exhilirating and helps me think better.

All those endorphins released make me feel like the world is a pretty neat place and life just flows smoothly. Bonus:  I've made some great friends and we do other activities together like movies & theatre.

About Bobbe Lyon
Bobbe Lyon, M.D. (mirth dispenser) is a believer and practicioner in the power of humor. She thought her life was over at age 45 when her husband died. After wallowing in despair, humor became her primary tool for survival. It worked so well the Laughing Lyon earned a BA in Journalism and an MA in Counseling. Soon she decided to take her humorous ideas public. She has been a National Speaker ever since.

cat-pat-patterson1x1.jpg Pat and Cat Patterson
We are the almost addicted workout fanatics. As you remember we rode our bicycles around the world and more recently around Southeast Asia. Life is closer to the norm these days. (And a bit boring we might add.)
We did ride our bikes 70 miles in celebration of Pat's 70Th Birthday. However, on a daily basis we workout at 24 Hour Fitness 3 days a week and cycle 3 days. Yes, 6 days of strong exercise keeps us young.

About Pat and Cat Patterson
When they met, both were alone, broke and without direction. But they shared a lust for life. Together they decided to make a life of great adventure. So they set out on an around the world trip, on the seats of their bicycles. It took four years to complete their journey, but what they had really done is changed their lives forever. Pat is now 70 and has never felt better. Cat has recovered with a vengeance from a heart attack. Both believe now is the best time of their lives.

Ronda Beaman Dr. Ronda Beaman
Four More, three more, two more, do it like you mean it, if you think you can't, you can't...do one more than you are able...These and many more "marching orders" are the type I have given for over 30 years in aerobics classes, spin classes and now Boot Camp. Everyone from my Mother, to my sons, to my students and back have asked me what appeals to me about getting up at 5 every morning to exercise...it's not the exercise, it's the benefits.

Sleeping well, natural endorphin high, the strength and energy I keep in deposit in my wellness account, eating what I want and not worrying about it, more creativity, clearer thinking..the list goes on and on. Exercise won't put more years in your life, but it will put more life in your years..and it's free. Studies have shown one walk supercedes the benefits of one Prozac pill! When I was hit with multiple scelorisis, it was my fitness that kept and keeps it at bay, when I met my 7 years younger husband to be, it was my energy and health that made me appear to be his peer, when I see my future, I see me hosting my son's 60th birthday party, and dancing with him.

The question isn't why I do it, it's why everyone wouldn't take advantage of being able to move, swim, walk, dance, bike, stretch, lift or whatever your capacity allows while you are alive... you will be at horizontal parade rest a long time! Generally speaking, it's not that we die, it's that we kill ourselves by our inactivity, our desire to take the easy way out and our lack of belief that we matter enough to take care of the one thing that really belongs to us, our body.

A body is more than a vehicle to get your brain from one place to another! Use it, enjoy it, move it and you will find the riches and rewards that have belonged to you all along. Now, quit reading and go take that walk!

About Dr. Ronda Beaman
Dr. Beaman is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, health and wellness, education, and coaching. She has conducted research, written many academic articles and books, and won numerous awards. Her current book, You're Only Young Twice, offers a definitive guidebook for growing younger, personally and professionally. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer.

Sherrie Mathieson Sherrie Mathieson
The exercise I like best is walking at a medium pace. I particularly enjoy it in the country on a beautiful day. I'll settle for the city as an alternative--since the walks involve seeing other people and sights along the way.

In NYC the neighborhoods vary-- and offer the diversity that make walking truly interesting. I started walking as part of my job as a costume designer/stylist in my early twenties- also climbing stairs seemed part and parcel, as was carrying lots of heavy shopping bags. I never had to "work out" per se.

Today my time is  allocated between the computer and running around with clients. The latter usually requires energy and it's what I truly love to do--I'm not a sedentary person by nature. Since I have the luxury of a home office, I make it a point to get up from my desk and walk outside or on the treadmill daily --if possible.

I think sitting at a desk all day or being inactive would be pure torture for someone like me. One might rightly deduce I have too much nervous energy-- but at least it's kept me slim!

About Sherrie Mathieson
Sherrie has worked in film, television and commercials, and she has clientele of all ages and all personal styles. But it’s her unique way of looking at baby boomers that sets her apart from all the rest. And now, she has done it again. She’s followed up her first book, "Forever Cool" with the must-read, "Steal This Style," which is full of ways women can borrow cues from the younger generation in a flattering way. 

Ciji Ware Ciji Ware
I've been a dancer since age four and at sixty-seven I'm still kicking up my heels . In fact I'm about to step onstage at my 45th college reunion as half of a duo spoofing "Dancing with the Stars."

My other great joy is my Sausalito Walking Group which sets out three times a week to do a minimum of a mile and a half and often three miles up and down the hills of our martime village across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Midway, we stop for fabulous coffee at a place called Poggio's where they welcome our dogs with water bowls and biscuits!

Since I hate going to a gym and burnt out on dance classes, this variety of activities keeps me act and healthy--and in touch with the friends I value so much.

About Ciji Ware
Ciji Ware is the author of 5 novels being reissued in 2010-2011, along with a brand new historical, A Race to Splendor, debuting next year, and wrote the bestselling nonfiction book on domestic downsizing:   Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most. She was the first female graduate of Harvard University to serve as president of the university's worldwide Alumni Association. Her numerous awards include an Emmy and a Dupont for her television work, a Silver Gavel for magazine journalism, and a Best Fictionalized Biography Award from Romantic Times magazine. 

pat paciello.JPG Pat Paciello
For my entire life, sports and exercise have been a mainstay of my existence. At fifty-nine years old, I still play basketball, tennis, racquetball, and of course the national pastime of Baby Boomers -- golf. I just don't play these sports as well as I did in my youth. I have been able to compensate for my eroding skills by instituting a savvy veteran formula... I cheat.

If I am competing with someone who is at least twenty-five years younger than me, then I institute this prime directive. If I'm playing basketball, I will clutch and grab at my youthful opponent's jersey to make sure he doesn't blow by me. If I am playing tennis, any shot hit by me that is within two feet of the line is determined by me to be in. Of course in the spirit of fairness, I alert the young player before the match, that due to my age, my eyes have become weaker and that I will do the best that I can to make the proper call.

While I am proud that I'm still competing in athletics, I must admit that I am slowing down in other areas. These days when my wife wants me to do chores around the house I am often tired and can't comply with her requests. Even I find it bizarre, that almost every Sunday for twelve hours from September through January, my chronic sports injuries seem to rack my body with pain. I don't want my wife to be concerned, so I quickly lay down on the recliner and watch football games. I often feign that I'm really interested in the action of the game, and sometimes even cheer loudly, just to try and convince her that my health is not at risk.

About Pat Paciello
Pat Paciello is pushing 60 these days, has three grown children, and has been happily married for over 30 years. (He says the first year wasn't so hot!) He has been retired from the workforce for almost a decade. During that time span Pat has been particularly adept at enjoying leisure pursuits, and earning the highest recommendation from his peers for his "I do nothing, but I do it well attitude." His book, Has Anyone Seen My Reading Glasses? offers a unique and fresh approach to the subject of Baby Boomer retirement. First, it's written by a Baby Boomer who is actually retired. Second, the book is long on humor and personal anecdotes, and short on statistical analysis.

Wanda Urbanska Wanda Urbanska
Great question: Up there among my favorite things in life is going for a swim. Right now, I'm on sabbatical in Warsaw, Poland (read my blog at www.simplelivingtv.net), so swims are no longer every day affairs. Here in Warsaw, I'm managing about three a week, but each one of them counts.

But when I'm back home in North Carolina, I swim almost every day. It's a wonderful way to start my day. Gets my blood circulating, my heart pumping, and I feel that all's right with the world. It's hard to imagine my life without my swims. Moving through the water puts a smile on my face. My best advice is simply to get started and build it into your regular routine.

About Wanda Urbanska
Wanda is a television host who really practices what she preaches. She believes in simplifying life. She and her husband moved out of the city and and headed for life in small town North Carolina. Urbanska is the host of the "Simple Living" show on PBS and she's also the author of three books on the subject. She and her husband wrote their first book of the same name in 1992 and haven't stopped downsizing since. She's a Harvard graduate who has written for big-time papers like the Washington Post and LA Times.

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  • Posted 12:43pm October 29th, 2009
    Wow, you are all so inspirational!  I'll have to make some good New Years resolutions to qualify to post a story!


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