Saturday, February 21, 2009

"MINDSET" for senior fitness success

Hello and welcome everyone! Every once in awhile we need to have a talk with ourslves. I call
this "checkpoint." The following assess my mental and physical fitness progress.
* evaluate my attitude...mindset. Am I prepared mentally for each workout?
* review my notebook...what progress have I made over the past 30 days?
* have I achieved my goals for the month? What changes do I need to make?
* have I increased my energy and endurance levels...and my strength?
* what drills (exercises) do I need to add?
* do I change my routine (muscle confusion) each week?
* do I chart my progress daily?
* what are my "must" goals for the next month...the next 3 months? where do I need to be?
The notebook is my map...the "critical path" to success! Beginning March 1st, I will embrace a 3
month goal oriented "critical path." I am preparing for the Senior Olympics and the Nationals.
My notebook (map) keeps me focused...prevents me from "winging" it. Too many of us feel we can wing it. Don't fall into that trap! "Fools gold" will lead you to a deadend. By following your
map, each day will give you a sense of accomplishment...of winning. That feeling ignites and feeds
my positive attitude. We gravitate to a higher level of accomplishment...of being. In summary;
it's CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE. Whatever our health issues, within our abilities,
we need to challenge our mental and physical capabilities. That determines our capacity for

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Saturday, February 14, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Happy Valentine's day! I was thinking that there ought to be a
" Fitness Day. " A National Holiday! How about it?! We have just about every other holiday now.
Celebrate Fitness! I am trying to bring this about by writing to several in D. C.
Well, I am delighted we are together once again. Many of you are already aware that I conduct
"balance" exercises....for the most part for seniors and mostly to senior women. Well, they get it.
I have designed various "drills" to regain functional balance. Exercises include foot work,
ladder work, skips, hops, plyometrics, isometrics and martial arts. Each week I present a class
challenge. The challenge came about, when after several classe participants got a little cocky. So, I designed a program (Foot work) by having them close their eyes when doing the
exercises. Standing with both feet on the floor, then on their toes and count to ten. No one could do it. Then stand on one foot and go up on your toes and count to ten. No one could do it.
The classes found out that it is difficult to stand in the dark. Another lesson...even though
we may have balance and eyesight, we depend upon fixed objects in "normal life" to be functional. We practice the "eyes closed" drill for ten minutes each class now. Guess what?
They can now do the drills, though not perfect. Everyone has much better balance and confidence. Great job class! Sometimes, in order to see the light, we have to visit the dark.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Hello and welcome everyone! Last week we talked about the importance of mental fitness
(toughness) and how vital it is regarding physical fitness. This week let's spend some time on this thing called energy. Does exercising energize our brain...our body. A resounding YES! And it isn't just me, it's
everyone in my classes and people I meet at various events. When we feel better about ourselves our attitude changes about everything. We rise above things that we would
otherwise allow to ruin our day. It's like removing the blinders. We finally begin to have this
inner feeling of freedom and self confidence. Fitness now takes on a new and meaningful
purpose for us. What about the "energy part?" That is the fitness evolution! We experience
the "rush!" Satisfaction replaces tiredness. We have finally pushed the clear button and hit the refresh button. Mind, body and spirit united in a singleness of purpose. Now every workout
becomes an accomplishment...a victory. We reach the " finish line" at each workout. Make the finish line your goal, everyday. Fate is what life gives you, destiny is what you do with it.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O