Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Brain

Hello and welcome everyone! As promised..."Balance Your Life" news update. This fitness program
is in it's third year. Over 400 will participate from now until April 1st. Designed for any age, but this program is specific for age 50 and over. Over the past ten years or so, "smart people" were
stating that we lose our functional balance by aging. I never bought into that theory. Aging may be the cause of about 10% of functional balance...the MAJOR loss comes from a lack of movement
which is caused from a lack of brain exercise. When the brain stops sending signals to a particular
muscle group, the brain becomes lazy (soft), and the muscles become a mush.
This year I introduced "brain exercises." Games involving reflex and reaction causing the brain to be stimulated (active) and sending a "call to action" within a particular muscle group. These exercises are the same as I use to develop brain alertness and fast twitch muscle reaction. Just
this alone will help prevent falls...not just to prevent broken bones brain damage...concussion. NO,
it is never to late to start. Today, would be a good day to start!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O
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Sunday, October 24, 2010


Hello and welcome everyone! My New Year begins today...for my training and workout routine
for 20011. Changing lots of things and adding some new stuff. Will start my new program on
Nov. 1st. Next week I will comment on the "Balance Your Life class." I have added lots of "brain"
exercises. Introducing the wart ball. FUN!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O


Saturday, October 16, 2010


Hello and welcome everyone! News in my is official...I have been named recipient of the Govenors award for leadership in fitness and the
Sports Commission Athlete of the Year award. I am overwhelemed and
humbled. The awards are life changing moments for me. I am to receive the awards on Nov. 9th. I have so many people to thank. The achievment
is shared be my support team and cancer survivors. What is amazing to me, is how many people want someone to succeed. The well wishes and
congrats keep arriving.
Thought for the day...quite often, in our daily lives we get caught up in
the "me syndrome" that we forget about the people who helped us along
the way. So today, let's take a time out to thank at least one person in our person if possible, other wise a phone call. This act of kindness
will make your day and their's. Enough said.

Have a great and meaningful day everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Hello and welcome everyone! And welcome to Pickleball...the fastest growing sport in the
US for all ages and especially Seniors. This is not a "wimp" sport. I will not bore you with rules
today, which every sport has. The game is played on a court (tennis, basketball or your
driveway) 20feet by 44feet.Net is 34 inches off the surface. Singles or doubles and a paddle
is used, wood or grafite and a ball the size of a wiffleball. So, the court is about half the size of a tennis court. Foot movement and bending your knees are keys. Thus far I am teaching 4
classes a week and have a total of 63 people in my classes. The sport is FUN and addictive.
Once you play it you will want to keep playing. So, no matter your age, "get in the game."
For more info go to or any of the several Pickleball sites.

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Hello and welcome everyone! This week I will address "odds and ends" and some questions I get from people in my classes. In general, questions
concerning health issues are asked. A woman with stints wants to know
if she can exercise. I have 3 people in my classes with stints. Always
check with your physician first. Play it safe. People with joint issues, hip,
ankle, foot, shoulder, knee and neck problems need to adjust or modify the exercises. Everyone experiences some discomfort with or without
excercising. With me, it's my back...a problem I have had since my youth.
Even working with people who have had replacement of joints can find
an exercise they can do. In my opinion, the greatest disservice one can do
is not exercising at all. One can use caution, but don't approach an
exercise program in a timid fashion. You need to find your comfort zone
and then perform the tasks at hand. Exercise gets more blood flowing
and then you will discover relief in the "issue areas." Taking deep
breaths will relax the muscles. You can begin deep breathing exercises
even before you get out of bed in the morning. Deep breathing cleans
the blood by clearing out toxic air. Increase your lung capacity with
deep breathing. Short breaths will not do the job. Remember you know
or should know your body better than anyone else. Reminder...don't be
timid, challenge your mind and your body...daily. Next week, PICKLEBALL!

Have a great and meaningful life everyone! Jimmy O