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Jogging at age 65-plus

After a half decade of Big Years, from age 60, I’m now in a different mode, less frenetic, less obsessed. It’s a “slow glow.” One of the many aspects of life that I’ve chosen to zero in on is my jogging. After all, I’ve now been running (slowly, oh so slowly) for half a century! And running gives maximum cardiac exercise per minute, is great for bone density…

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At the start of this new year, the role of exercise in my life remains strong, if only because a period of lockdown lethargy and overeating reinforced how much I enjoy feeling reasonably fit. This concern doesn’t seem to be mirrored by many of my contemporaries, who seem keen to deteriorate far too fast, but my aberrant desire to be active and alert remains strong. Call my five-year journey…

Exercise quandary

Journalist Séamus O’Reilly’s sparkling Guardian article “I run to keep fit, but I hate it” zooms in on the dilemma posed by regular exercise: it’s tough to enjoy. Oh, we all swoon when reading about a famous athlete’s love of her sport, but for us hacks, exercise is mostly grind. As O’Reilly (pictured below, photo from the article) puts it, “the…

An old man stumbling

Who is that bent figure lurching along a path? It’s me and I’m doing a Parkrun, only 5 kilometers, and I’ve slowed down to a shuffle and even so I end up halting and walk-running to the end at an overall pace that shames me. That was a fortnight ago. All my running goals for Darwin, vague as they were, have floundered. I thought being away from pandemic and home hassles would let me move, over a…

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