Monday, July 19, 2010

Seniors Health & Fitness Inspirations

Two inspirational active energetic seniors who are very good players enjoy the exercise and social aspect of pickleball at ARC:

Bill who is 80 years old started to play pickleball about six months ago. He can jump up to hit a ball like a young man in his 30's. He said "I used to be a good runner and played tennis. I got strong arm muscles from milking cows when I was young. I dislike the side effects of blood pressure pills, now I don't take any medications at all. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and I take hemp, flax and fish oil daily and my blood pressure is 126." (This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice.)

Al will turn 80 years old this year. He has played pickleball for just over a year. Al said "I enjoy to workout in the weight room regularly, my wife likes to walk on the indoor track upstairs". Al taught me some stretching and strengthening exercises which he learned from a personal trainer. Al and his wife ski in the winter. They have a hobby farm with horses and chickens, he sells chickens and eggs (which comes first, chicken or the egg?).

I learned from Al that not all eggs produce chicks because he has 80 chickens but no rooster, all his eggs cannot produce any baby chicks. He said "They need roosters to produce chicks". I guess chickens lay unfertilized eggs. Al also told me that cows need bulls to produce milk after giving birth to a calf. Well, I am glad to learn some interesting facts about farm animals.

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