(CA) Food and fitness for sexy seniors
- [from Common Ground.ca]
Life begins after your first half century. For many of us, age 50 is
not the end of the road; it's the beginning. If you can relate to
this, consider what new ventures you have undertaken since you turned
50, 60, or 70. I know a number of women who are having the best sex
ever at this stage of life.
A fun-filled and inspiring new book is Senior Fitness by Ruth
Heidrich, PhD (Lantern Books, 2005, available at Banyen and other
bookstores). This particular Dr. Ruth, who divides her time between
White Rock, BC and Honolulu is an inspiration in herself; she has held
three world records for her age group at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas
and has won eight gold medals in the Senior Olympics. Ruth had breast
cancer at age 47, made some life style changes, and now has been
cancer free for over two decades.
Though vegan, I make sure my calcium intake meets recommended intakes,
and my bone density is holding its own. Ruth has actually shown
improved bone density since age 50, but she is a master athlete
whereas I just potter along happily for an hour a day of some sort of
exercise, mainly weight bearing.
Vesanto Melina is a registered dietitian and author based near Fort
Langley. She is co-author of Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan,
Raising Vegetarian Children and of Dietitians of Canada's position
paper on vegetarian diets. Consultations 604-888-8325 (clinic) or
604-882-6782 (home office).
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