Longevity, Rehab and Vampires

Check out this graphic

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Actually go to the full post and you’ll see the whole thing.

Spend some time looking at it. Kinda entertaining.

What does it all mean? I don’t know. Some of the studies are done with fruit flies or worms for god’s sake.

And you’ll see complete reversal of claims from one study to the next. Wine extends your life. Oh wait, no it doesn’t.

When I initially read it I found myself saying “yea” when a claim supported me (people born in Autumn live longer, but how can this matter?) and “dang” when a study seemed to indict me (shorter men live longer). Must be a gravity thing. Oh well.

This is why most studies cited by folks that want you to buy their stuff ain’t worth the paper they’re written on.

But take a look anyways. It is interesting.

Dark Shadows

Barnabas Collins. Remember Barney? Great show.

That’s the first thing I thought about when reading this article.

The secret to long life revealed!

Ya just need some young blood in your veins and longevity is yours.

And Kim Jong-il was doing it so you’ll be in great company. He was injecting himself with young virgin blood. Really?

North Korea is a place on no ones bucket list.

But this study says Kim may have been on to something. Now the study was done with mice (at least they’re mammals) but it showed an increase in stems cells in the brains of older mice whose blood was co-mingled (they actually hook their circulatory systems together) with blood from a young mouse. And, more importantly, there were a lot more connections between brain cells.

These connections normally decrease with ageing so increasing their number effectively means you decreased the age of the subjects brain.

Kinda cool and freaky at the same time. Frankenmouse.

Shoulders Hurt?

I use to be a bad back guy for most of my adult life. Until I started lifting weights again, got stronger and that problem disappeared. That was a total anti-conventional wisdom move.

But my shoulders still hurt from time to time.

I have a long injury history with my shoulders-the first at about 10 years old playing football for the Absecon Blue Devils. That shoulder has never been quite right since then.

I have poor mobility in my shoulders and sometimes they get so inflamed I can’t even do a push up.

Now I should do a lot more corrective work with my shoulders. I know this.

But I don’t. Until they hurt. Which is bass ackwards. I know that too.

The art of doing

I’ve noticed this about people. We do what we like rather than what is best for us.

I like to lift, not do mobility work. Even though I need it and could probably lift more if I had better range of motion. Hmmm. Humans.

I’ll write about it in another post.

But if you have bad shoulders like I do, check out this article.

It’s a little technical but has two handy and easy to implement rehab moves (short videos) you should try.

I am going to work them into my training and report back.

What do you think?

Do you think your lifestyle can affect your longevity? Comment below.

About the Author Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Men Over 50 get lean, healthy and strong so they can be cool dads and grand dads using his signature Spartan Method system.

  • Luke Wessel says:

    Hello Mark,
    Man o Man how time flys !!
    Both of us 60 this year, hard to believe , I watch your videos and try to workout . Had both knees
    Replaced and keeps me from doing certain things. You look great way to go!! It’s been way to long we need to catch up. Hope all is well with you and family , the boys must be getting big. Take care
    Luke

    • Mark Fickler says:

      Luke, long lost bud. How are ya? Bionic knees are good. Probably blew them out playing catcher. I got your phone # from Kirk a few weeks ago. I’ll ring you up this weekend. Glad you are well.
      M

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