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It is never to late to start

Lumina at the age of 72 lift weights 3 times a week and hikes daily. Judi, age 76 participates in a CrossFit workout 3 times a week and walks the green belt. Stan at the age of 64 jump ropes, lift weights and runs short distances. There is definitely something to be said that we can work out later in life and still reap the benefits.  According to a study researchers tracked 9,500 women for 12 years, starting when they were at least age 66. In that time, they found that those who went from doing little or nothing to walking just a mile a day slashed their risk of death from all causes and from cancer by nearly half. Their risk of heart disease also fell by more than a third. In fact, they enjoyed nearly as much protection as women who were physically active before the study began and remained so. Jane A. Cauley, DrPH, of the University of Pittsburgh, "We're talking about women with an average age of 77 at the second visit," she tells WebMD. "And we're talking about their engaging in very mild exercise -- and not running marathons."


If your only form of exercise is working out with your cell phone here are a few tips to get started:

Get a checkup before a workout. A visit to your doctor is wise for anyone beginning an exercise program, but it's crucial for the elderly or others who have been inactive because of health problems.

Start  slow. Once you get the okay, the key to avoiding fatigue and muscle pain is to pull out of the gate very slowly. You may not be able to do more than 15 minutes the first few weeks.

Go more often. Of course, those few minutes of your exercise program can be done several times a day. First, try to do some activity for a few minutes several times a day.

Listen to your body. Don’t worry about going fast. If you are tiring easily or cannot talk comfortably you will need to slow it down or stop.

Don’t do it alone.  Studies show you are more likely to continue long term if you have an accountability partner.

Do what you enjoy. Far too often do I hear “I really don’t like to exercise” Pick an activity that you enjoy, gardening, swimming, tennis, hiking, or skiing. Most important is that you keep moving.


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The Finals

He finished with a bang, and we left in a hurry. Tony finished 4th in event 7 and after reviewing the video tape he realized he was doing 11 box jumps going into the work out when he should of only been doing 10. The final event was a sprint finish and we both agreed the standard for a snatch needs to be a snatch not a press out or muscle snatch - this event was so sloppy with movement standards. Tony was happy to be finally finished and we went over to the athlete's reception to be told we would have to wait an hour and a half and that they were only allowing one free drink. So we left in a hurry! We all were STARVING.

Heading over to Garden Grove and having a nice relaxing weekend with the entire family. We will be heading to Disney Land tomorrow.

Tony did say he doesn't think his body could of taken one more workout. He is walking pretty gingerly this morning.

We cannot thank all of you enough for all your cheers and support. A very good feeling.

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Twice as many vendor's this year. As well as the usual suspects.

Day Two

"Just Keep Swimming" Dory's Theme song is in our heads (thanks Tandy) and yes that is what we are doing over here. Not because the humidity is high (you loose weight just standing outside) Tony is slowly moving up the ladder. 27 points separates he and the 3rd place guy. Its going to be a tight race. You can check out the leaderboard here hands

"We used to call those Canadian Bacon hands back in the the gymnastics days" says Helsi.

The biggest thing today is the hands. This had nothing to do with faulty grip - remember I said it was hot out here. The bars are Hot - new - and moist. Tony's hands plus 95% of ever athlete hands look like this. OUCH OUCH OUCH!

He is excited for the two workouts today and will give it his best shot. Thanks again for all your comments and cheerings we SO appreciate everything! You can catch updates and photos of Tony on my Facebook Page and Instagram.

We pack up early tomorrow morning - we have a lot of SH*T and cram it into our little rental car - once the games are over we head over to Anaheim and relax a bit with the family. Tomorrow we head over to Disney Land and have some fun.

In the mean time keep moving and stay Awesome.

Day One Behind Us

I want to thank all of you who follow our Instagram and Facebook Page. Getting all the encouraging words, likes, and Yahoo's is totally awesome!! Thank you  for your support. The first day events were not Tony's strong suit - but he finished event 4 with a fourth place finish. Each event has a 100 possible points, seems strange that a hand-stand-walk and a 20 second sled pull are worth 200 points. Non the less "Tony is the come back kid" as my sister says and he keeps "chipping away" as Helsi reminded me - I could not be more proud of him. All the running paid off and he did well. 

The next days events will be hard - 100 pullups and heavy push jerks. We are talking now about how to break everything up. This will be a tight race as I suspect these guys have decent pullups. WOD 2 is row, med ball cleans and burpees and that will be an all out burner.

We are looking forward to it all.

The teams have arrived and we meet CrossFit Marysville. Young and vibrate bunch, extremely nice people.

Keep moving and Stay Awesome!

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