Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Golden Age

As recently as only one hundred years ago, it was considered quite an achievement if one reached the age of 65 -- and those who did, felt that they could "go" at any time.  

And so twenty years later, when the Social Security program was founded, it was still thought that it was financially sound to think that most would not live beyond a few years to collect their annuities, and those dying years would be spent in freedom from poverty and greatly diminished capacities to provide for themselves.

It was never suspected from such humble beginnings, that it could actually become the beginning of life for many people -- if one could reach that age, with minimal damage to their essential life force -- as we are only beginning to witness now, as the transformation of life to an unprecedented new level of fulfillment and actualization that was only imagined possible for a rare few in their time.  that of course, would have been the kings and privileged throughout history -- and never the prospect for the average person -- whose life was expected to be "short, brutish and nasty."  

And so the conditioning of the past, was largely that -- of the struggle for supremacy to be that One -- even if it meant vanquishing all the others to get there.  Never in their dreams, would it have been thought possible, that the life of kings, could be the life of the average person, only a hundred years later.  But that is the way history and progress played out -- so that even the least in society, also has access to the abundance and productivity of the world -- even if they have to shop at the thrift stores and yard sales for the excess accumulation everybody else has.

First there is the "more," and next, there is the "better," and ultimately, there is the "best," that it takes a self-designated few to recognize -- even if they have to create it themselves, because it never existed before, but they knew, that is what the world really needed -- even if most could not even imagine that possibility.  That is how the great inventions and innovations come into being -- while most are convinced that such a notion, is impossible, and even the thought of it should be illegal, or at least suppressed.  

For that new idea and way of thinking and living, would so change life, that most conditioned in the present status quo would be so lost in the new world (age), that they would have to unlearn everything they had ever learned in life -- as though that could not be a lifelong, continuing process -- instead of the "one and done" they expected to last their lifetime -- and forevermore, as they thought had been the norm throughout history -- as people thought a hundred years ago, and that they could not change, and embrace an entirely new way of living.

But increasingly, that is the world those who are living now, have to adapt to -- and their success is dependent on.  It is a world that requires them to first take in the new information as the "new" -- and not as the same old information, simply called the "new," and to be treated as though it were the old.  In that way, they will fail to gain any advantage of the truly new, but are limited only to the familiarity of the old -- which probably didn't work as well, and may have be the self-perpetuating problems of the past -- like light bulbs that continually have to be replaced, that never produced high quality light in the first place.  But that was what people were used to -- and thought the ideal, natural, and God-given.

Thus the old world (school) conditioning, was to persist doggedly at only one thing, doing it the one way -- so that the only outcome could be more (of the same), and not better (different).  It was even widely-thought, that simply "more" was "better" -- and not that better, was in fact, vastly different -- and even transformative -- and might change life, and the world, completely, as has been the case in these last twenty years.

It's hard to even imagine the world of twenty years ago -- anymore.  That was the world of books, newspapers, land lines, and other wired equipment.  People became untethered -- and free to roam about -- without penalties and incurring additional charges.  Individuals could now be an entire industry, and enterprise.  Everything one thought, could be recorded for posterity -- or for one's own convenience.  Ultimately, one was, the person they could imagine themselves to be -- and manifest, as proof of the soundness of that way (brand) of living.  That is reality -- and the actualization of their being.  That is who they are.

That is the Golden Age of our times.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Remembering Larry Scott

One would like to believe that simply exercising all one's life is enough to ward off the ravages of aging -- but something happens beginning around 35 for most, and even seeming to accelerate the aging process -- as we've witnessed many dying who we thought would live forever -- as well as the many others who shock us with their much too premature deaths.
Around the mid-80s, I drifted away from the bodybuilding world into the world of those dying horrible deaths from a mysterious disease called AIDS, as well as more traditional ways of dying because with the absence of world wars commencing with the latter half of the 20th century, many more were dying of age-related diseases -- because they were no longer being killed off in that manner anymore.

One of the striking things I noticed about those with dementias (Alzheimers) particularly, besides the lack of brain function and connectivity to the rest of the body, was that there was a noticeable lack of movement -- at their head, often evidenced by the atrophying of the neck muscles, and so rather than exercise for the purpose of the core muscles of the body, it seemed that the far better strategy -- was to ensure the movement, flow and development of the head, hands and feet -- at which the body's circulation is poorest.

That is the characteristic weakness of elderly bodybuilders that makes them look less than robust -- even if they continue to maintain a fairly strong core development. They are invariably atrophied at the neck, forearms and calves -- out of proportion to the much easier to maintain core muscles closer to the heart. That's seldom the problem -- as much as even the great champions of their youthful age -- begin to show this characteristic signs of aging at the head (neck), hands and feet -- that should be the highest priority in ensuring the highest functioning possible throughout life -- but which most people though they move everything else, do not move.

One of the most distinctive qualities of Larry Scott, was that his arms were particularly impressive -- mostly because he had one of the greatest ranges of movement at the wrist -- that effected the contraction of all the other muscles, that most people are not usually aware of. But he did not exhibit that range of motion at the head so much in his later years -- as he did in his peak years -- when the range of his head movements were also impressive, as well as his neck development. Arnold, Zane, and most of the former great champions, also have very limited head movement -- and thus have no means of developing the "old man's neck," as well as hands and feet, which in most people are merely as stubs -- rather than the proper focus and the design of the human body to move meaningfully and productively, and thus they age and deteriorate because of this lack oof effective movement and circulation -- despite how hard their hearts are pumping.

This is what I broached with Arthur Jones at the height of the acceptance and popularity of high-intensity training around only one axis of rotation while the rest of the body remained fixed -- and why I brought to his attention that when there was "muscle failure," it seemed to actually be "brain failure" -- caused by the lack of oxygen to the head forced to remain fixed, instead oof allowed to followed through naturally. And this is the form of movement practiced by most bodybuilders -- as well as exercisers of nearly all conventional movements -- of not moving the head, hands and feet as the primary objective, in achieving and maintaining the optimal functioning and health of the human body, which is the natural development of the human body, rather that the arbitrary form it has taken with more massive development (size) of the larger core muscles beginning with the retirement of Larry Scott as probably the culmination of the old time physique men -- who were usually relaxed and fairly normal looking until they pumped up, and transformed themselves in this ability to change -- that contemporary bodybuilders seem to lack, which is predictably very stressful for the body to maintain -- at all times.

Curiously, in reviewing some of the Iron Man videos, I notice that publisher Balik exhibits a range of head movement not usually seen in others, and for that reason, has a well-developed sternomastoid muscle, which keeps his mind sharp -- and I would think, is the solution for the notable age-old problem of lack of circulation and health at the extremities of the head, hands and feet that fail people as they age. That is the most important parts of the body to build and maintain -- as the key to longevity and health in the 21st century for aging Baby Boomer bodybuilders.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

It's the Range, Not the Average

Few people have ever pondered the question, "What am I conditioning myself for?"  Is it the range, or the average -- that one hopes to excel at?

Obviously, just doing the same thing over and over again without breaking new ground, is not the way anybody is going to become the world champion at what they do -- but is merely reinforcing their mediocrity of experience and achievement.  And so a vital part of any conditioning program -- is that one wants to program into their conditioning activities, increasing the range of their motion and activities -- so that ultimately, they can do what they previously thought was impossible to do.

That is conditioning to get better -- and not merely to stay the same, or at best, just slow down their deterioration rate for as long as possible -- which is merely prolonging the hopeless.  That's no way to live a life -- in thinking that one's best years are behind them, and not ahead -- which is also the difference between those who are aging, and those who are still growing, and finding out all they can do.

for most people, that can easily be accomplished by moving a little farther in the safe range of movement possible -- and not having to do anything reckless and foolhardy, as most people are conditioned to think.  Rather, the objective of every movement and repetition, is to extend the range of that movement -- far beyond just doing the same limited range, with more resistance.  And in fact, the more resistance one adds to a movement, the more that movement is actually constricted and constrained -- to prevent one's injury.

Every weightlifter knows that -- and that is why they are obsessed with developing economy of motion -- as the genius of what they do.  But movement does not require resistance to effect -- and is actually capable of being achieved best without resistance, or very minimal resistance at best -- because that allows safe movement beyond the range that supporting a heavy weight would make dangerous -- and danger should not be a requirement of any safe and proper training regime -- as many diehard advocates practice -- until they die hard, or injure themselves permanently -- as is inevitable using that training style and philosophy.

They are invariably the caveman types who believe that human civilization and progress is only possible through brute force -- and destroying as much around them as humanly possible, as evidence of their power -- always to destroy, and never to build anything, and particularly, their own bodies, lives and livelihoods.

So their contests are invariably about who vanquishes the other, who owns the other -- rather than a collaborative effort to create an outcome greater than all the individual contributions -- working in isolation and opposition to one another.  That is the valuable skill one hopes to produce in oneself -- and inspire in others, and not just the zero-sum game of who has vanquished all the others, and gets to be the king of the hill --pushing back all the others who want to be in their place.

That is the problem of conditioning strategies rooted in a more primitive time -- that the objective is not to kill or be killed -- or even for that matter, compete ruthlessly against one's self, thinking that is a more enlightened form of the game.  Still, many people still think that the objective of their muscles, is to oppose all the other muscles -- rather than work synergistically for optimal effect.  That requires a different world view, than the one of everything against everything else in the world -- because evolution and progress, favors those that are most compatible to the environment of their times.

Most people are unaware that up to 50 years ago, the prevailing though is that one used information to compete against everybody else -- until someone got the bright idea that information was even more powerful if it was shared among the greatest number possible -- rather than as a weapon of advantage to exploit all the others.  That is a very limited world -- dominated by the imperative to exploit, or be exploited by others -- that made world wars possible, and even inevitable.

As such, hundreds of millions of people lost their lives in such wars -- believing it was necessary to provide for their own well-being and security, never thinking that with cooperation and collaboration, they could produce vastly more for virtually everybody.  Now the world is awash in goods and services -- and many think that is the problem, and so they even try to create scarcity in a world of plenty -- in a competition for the winner to take all, thus creating the many losers of everyone else -- as though that was some kind of a virtue and honor.

That is the characteristic thinking of those who think that the purpose of anything -- is to make things harder, more difficult and complex than it has to be -- which discourages many from accessing the benefits in the universal impulse for greater simplicity and economy of effort in all one does -- and in the way of nature and its development.  That leads some to believe they should not avail themselves of the latest medical products or health information -- thinking they have to be beyond and oblivious to such considerations and advances, and return to the most primitive ways and manners, -- as the mystical height of human understanding and achievement, when life was brutal, short and nasty -- as the world they are preparing (conditioning) themselves to live in, and prosper.

Instead, such manner of conditioning, will take their greatest toll on such individuals themselves -- their shoulders, elbows, knees and backs -- thinking that is how humans are most productive, instead of at the head, hands and feet -- where the human body is best designed for movement.  They should move what is best designed for movement -- and honor those joints best designed for stability and support, rather than vice-versa -- despite all their complaints of the obvious.

The meaningful and productive range of movement -- occurs at the axes of the head (neck), wrists and ankles -- than is dependent on deadlifts, squats and bench presses to do any meaningful work.  Doing the most dangerous and damaging movements with increasing loads to predispose inevitable injury and disability, is not going to enable one to continue to perform them throughout life -- but one should recognize those movements that actually define one's daily functioning, and increase the range of those movements that reduce the occurrence and disability of the most common and frequent injuries at the wrist, ankles and neck -- that imply the proper functioning of all the movements and capabilities of the body -- but not vice-versa.

It is the range of movement at the neck (head), hands and feet -- that are the defining indicators of health and functioning in the human body -- over the usual and obvious yardsticks people are used to observing and think is important to articulate and maintain.  If it hurts only when one does that, one should stop -- and find out what movements don't, and are productive to continue and increase the range (possibilities) of lifelong mastery.

Monday, February 17, 2014

When to Collect Social Security -- In a Nutshell

The reason a lot of people take early Social Security is because they have no choice. They are out of work and have exhausted their unemployment compensation with no prospects in sight, or are in poor health and barely hanging onto their jobs. I'm sure the people at the welfare office are not going to allow them to collect welfare if they qualify for Social Security -- or have other resources.
But those who have an income (including Unemployment Compensation) who don't really need the extra income, are shortsighted to grab the money just because they can. If you don't need the money, it is wise to let the benefits grow until one does, but if one does need the money, one shouldn't put oneself under hardship and duress thinking they are wise not to avail themselves of that money -- because that is what the program was designed for -- and not to maximize one's benefits if one doesn't need the money. Those people have other means (choices) to increase their money.

Many people don't. The object of American life is no longer being the richest person buried in the cemetery -- or having the most money at the end. I think Warren Buffett and Bill Gates already have those honors locked up.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Understanding Flow

Probably the key to understanding the universe and life, is the principle of flow -- or movement; life would not be possible otherwise, and when that flow is impeded in the many ways, it creates the disruption that is the source of disease and poor health and functioning.

Most people know that the heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood through the rest of the body, but most are unclear of how the rest of the body, pumps blood back to the heart -- as though that was something that needed to be thought about at all.  But that is how people are not created equal -- as those who are the healthiest, are the most skilled at doing -- even if they are not aware of that up to now.

When people become aware of this simple principle of why and how there is movement, then life itself takes on a whole different meaning and purpose -- because one has this control of their essential well-being and functioning to a greater extent than they ever thought possible.  It's not something profound that should not be discussed except by the great philosophical and physical Masters, but something every person should learn as early as possible -- as their basic understanding of life.

Atoms and molecules move from where there is a greater concentration (pressure) to where there is less; blood flows not because the heart is pumping, as the greater principle that it expands and it contracts to create pressure differences in the direction that allows it.  Once the blood and nutrients are at the extremities, they do not just turn around and return by the same path they came, but by the network designed for flow (movement) only back towards the heart.

We know it -- if we distinguish the difference at all -- as the arterial and the venal systems -- that operate distinctively differently -- and largely determines the differences in people, and in individuals themselves -- when they are operating at their best (in the flow), and when they become diseased and dysfunctional (blocked).  The ancient people had all kinds of explanations for these blockages -- and how to restore those passageways -- so that one returned to health -- or suffered an untimely end.

They are more effective because of the better understanding of the principles of flow -- and how they better effect that flow, rather than subvert and impede them -- both deliberately and inadvertently.  In athletic competitions, performances, events, behaviors, that is the unifying objective -- to get into and achieve that flow which is the success of any undertaking.  Not to, leaves a sense of incompletion and dissatisfaction that all did not go well -- and something was missing, even when they aren't sure of what "it" was.

Many even condition themselves to the struggle -- and not the flow, until it is too late to learn anything else.  By then, their bodies may be totally exhausted or compromised, and becomes the cause of their own demise.  It might be the dementia from breaking too many bricks or boards with their heads, catching too many punches with their heads, absorbing too many blows on the football field, or professional "wrasling" -- convinced as they were, that what didn't kill them, made them stronger, rather than increasing their exposure and risk to self-inflicted permanent disability.

Thus, people a hundred years from now, will regard as mind-boggling, that people now inflict injuries upon themselves thinking that is making them healthy, instead of directly understanding how to restore the flow to the area of their lives needing it.  That's why postures don't work, or holding a contraction for as long as one can -- because both work against optimizing the flow, in preferring one state over the other, when it is both that are required to maximize the flow -- just as the heart does with its rhythmic alternation.  That is what the heart does unfailingly -- at its end of the bargain.  It would be doubly appreciated, if that is what the muscles of the rest of the body did, to optimize the flow, and therefore health, of the entire organism.

That is ignored, and often placed off-limits by the specialists who believe that is their exclusive province to administer -- as though God gave anybody that exclusive domain over all the others.  But even if God doesn't, men will conspire to claim those exclusive rights for themselves -- through some exercise of power and exclusivity -- as though they knew with certainty about such things.  But theirs is just their own understanding -- and not necessarily the truth, unless one chooses to believe it so. 

Many are convinced that if they just lift enough weight, or run a certain distance, that will optimize their health for life -- rather than that it could harm it prematurely. The greatest cause of injuries, is from people hoping to become more fit -- whether in the gym, track or football field -- until finally one day, they realize they are past the point of recovery.  So in designing a program for lifelong well-being, there should be minimal risk of injury -- instead of producing them, as one will do in activities seeking to push themselves beyond their present limits.  A better practice, would be to learn what one's limits are -- and not to push beyond that, jeopardizing one's well-being and readiness, if not life itself.

That is simply "knowing oneself," rather than "becoming" what one is not -- however greater one might think to be.  That is a very key understanding -- that the greatest achievement is knowing the person one is -- rather than all the illusions and delusions of  another one wishes to become.  That is the simplicity of understanding -- out of which life flows.

Monday, January 27, 2014

What Matters

There is no end to what people can consider to be important -- and relevant, and so one has to determine for themselves, what most matters and makes a difference.

One cannot prepare for all contingencies -- so one must prepare for those outcomes most likely to manifest, as the wisest and most productive use of their time.

That is particularly true for those who could do anything -- because they the have resources and leisure to re-create their lives in whatever fashion they think is important to do so.  That doesn't have to be running a marathon every day -- or the equivalent of it.  No arbitrary measure such as that, has ever been a "requirement" to be fit.  One is "fit" by the challenges and tasks they want to master -- which can be as simple as one's own genetic limitations and defects -- which every individual uniquely has.  It's not the same for everyone.  That should be obvious by now.

Yet daily, we are bombarded by what some "expert" thinks "everyone" must conform to -- even if it is for all to run on a treadmill for at least 30 minutes each day, or to stand up as much as possible -- when doing so, would be intolerable pain and torture for many.  Such experts will insist that everyone can -- from age 7 to 70 -- and beyond.  What of those who can't?  They should at least try -- and failing that, they should try harder -- until they can, the bromide continues.

In that way, one can get all others to do something they would not ordinarily do in a lifetime -- if not so advised they must, and is essential for their well-being -- despite it not addressing the most critical problems of that individual, and in fact causing them.  One doesn't have to throw a ball 100 mph all one's life, or lift the heaviest weight possible at every opportunity as testimony to their fitness, or to survive; one can do things more important and meaningful to do.

In every case, that would be the most intelligent thing one can do -- rather than the most difficult thing one can think of doing -- that they would not do otherwise, if someone didn't convince them that was what they have to do.  Usually, that is simply the fad of the moment -- rather than some great enduring truth -- that their teacher was the first to discover thousands of years ago.

But the truth can always be discovered in the present moment and circumstances -- especially by an unprejudiced mind -- not too full of their own knowledge to consider that any other truth can be known.  For most though, their truth is simply what confirms what they already know -- and so no new information does them any good, but merely strengthens their resistance to knowing any other -- because that is also a part of their conditioning -- and probably the greater part of it.  That dooms them -- rather than makes them more fit to discover the unknown.

And so the first time they do encounter the unknown, they are among the first to perish -- because they have no provision for dealing with the new -- as the new, and not simply a repetition of the old, in a new guise.  That can be a fatal or irrecoverable mistake -- rather than a greater opportunity it presents -- sometimes killing the messenger before learning that they are free -- distrustful of outsiders as they have become.

So the advice that one must do anything only a certain way -- without the presentation of underlying reasons for that choice, and any other alternatives, should be reason for caution and inquiry before proceeding much further -- particularly if they aren't working, for the teachers themselves.  That is usually the first indication, that an idea has merit and some validity.  Otherwise, the morbidly obese, anorexics and atrophied, would know all the ways that do not work to achieve robustness -- rather than always be striving and losing their battles to achieve it.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Learning from the Heart (and Brain)

Every moment is the pinnacle of every other moment that came before it.  That is what evolution, progress, and ultimately, life is all about.

Life is not random -- but moves in the direction one opens to it.  That is probably the greatest fallacy of the 20th century -- that everything in life is random behavior, when assuredly it is not.  There is a reason why things happen -- why the right arm is developed, and the left withered.  Random behavior would dictate that it doesn't matter -- everything comes out the same, no matter what one does.

That is the thinking many have accepted of the futility of movement -- that no matter what one does, results will be the same.  And so it is asserted that there can be no such thing as "targeted efforts" and "targeted results" -- but only "equal" results, because the heart does not establish direction -- and so the flow (circulation), must be equal in all directions with every heart beat -- rather than understanding that such flow can be directed and optimized in the specific way one desires to.  Thus they claim, there cannot be any such notion as "spot-reducing," or developing one part out of proportion to every other as is commonly seen in gyms --  rather than the aberration.

That's why heart beat doesn't tell one the whole story -- of one's fitness level.  The measurement has to be taken at the extremity -- to ensure that is still functioning -- by exhibiting range of movement at the furthest point of control.  That implies the rest -- but not vice-versa.  That is the presumption -- that just moving at the core (heart), is enough to ensure full-range of motion throughout the body, but vice-versa is always true.  That's how the body declines -- first from the furthest extremities where circulation is poorest -- the head, hands and feet inward.

So the strategy one takes, is to ensure movement at the greatest extremity from the heart -- and not just the heart working harder and faster -- against the resistance of fluid that is not moving.  The flow has to actually be measured at the extremity to be meaningful, because it is that flow, that maintains the health of the body -- in providing nutrients, and removing the waste products (toxins).  That simple process, optimizes that life's potential -- whether they know it or not.

Knowing something, and actualizing it, is two different things.  What one "knows," is not necessary how things actually work.  Most of the time, it is because they have never thought things through -- but only accepted and repeated what they have been "taught" -- as the truth of the matter, and forced others to accept it also.

And so there is a widespread belief that only the action of the heart matters -- rather than the action of all the other muscles in the body that accounts for why one is developed in the specific one is.  The presumption that just because the heart beats -- and beats faster, automatically ensures that the flow in and out of the extremities must be occurring -- is misinformed.  It is dependent on the muscles at the extremity, producing a contracting action that pushes blood and fluids towards the heart -- with the realization that the effectiveness of the heart, is its characteristic regularity of a full contraction alternated with a full relaxation producing the characteristic effect of a pump -- which is how any other muscle in the body could be conditioned to function to optimize the circulation and health of the body -- particularly in conditions affected most by that low level of functioning and "disease."

Optimized circulation not only provides growth, but prevent diseases due to this lack of circulation -- like arthritis, weakened grip, weak foot control (balance), and of course, all the functioning of the head, including brain functioning -- thinking that nothing more can be done, except to increase one's heart rate -- but not moving specifically at the head, hands and feet, as what makes the difference.

The body is a system, a whole, and not just isolated bodyparts -- functioning in line with all the specialties and specialists -- each operating and unrelated to every other.  That's not how the body is  designed to work -- and in fact, is the prescription for how it doesn't work -- and is taught to work against every other part of the body, as though that was the height of knowledge.

A well conditioned athlete or performer, does not use one set of muscles against every other, but uses all the muscles in concert with every other -- either all contracting simultaneously, or relaxing simultaneously -- and not just to cancel out each other.  That is not how the healthy body works -- but is probably how the unhealthy body works -- against itself, including what is considered "normal aging."   Such people beat up on themselves relentlessly -- convinced that that is what an intelligent person would do to make life as difficult as possible for oneself -- rather than the realization that the most intelligent thing to do, is to make life as easy as possible for oneself as the preferable survival strategy.

That doesn't mean atrophying -- so that eventually, every effort and action becomes supremely difficult or impossible to effect -- land then one can have an army of caregivers to do everything for them -- as many misguided people think.  No, one wishes to become the consummately independent and competent person -- capable of recruiting their total resources for any task or challenge.  Job number one would be to quietly take in as much information of what is happening -- before reflexively launching into one's course of action, or overreaction.

Seeing that water runs downhill -- is not necessarily bad, and something has to be done about it.  That is simply what one has to work with -- rather than against, no matter how valiant one's efforts.  That would be of course, foolhardy.  What would be the most intelligent thing to do?  Seldom would it be to exhaust oneself unnecessarily -- or to produce muscle (systemic) failure -- at any time.  One needs to retain something in reserve -- for an even greater challenge than one anticipated.  Those who live constantly on the edge, perish prematurely in tempting fate in that way.

The most fit, show a lot -- but also have a lot more in reserve.  That reserve is built up in muscle mass -- as a reliable indicator that the body is in growth and not in decline and deterioration.  If that growth can be sustained, then the body is not aging, but still in growth.  That is just the simple fact -- as proof of optimal circulation -- not only from the heart, but back to it as the function of skeletal muscle contractions -- often associated with work and exercise, but seldom intentionally to produce that effect.  But more than anything else, that would be the most beneficial effect to achieve -- in and of itself.  That is more important than lifting a weight, or running any distance -- because that is the essential work of the body to optimize its health.

We've never thought in that explicit way before -- because we were never certain what produced that specific result -- especially when the body began a prolonged decline in its capabilities.  Most just accepted that as normal aging -- rather than the process of deterioration that doesn't necessarily have to characterize growing older.  But that requires a better understanding of why deterioration seems so inevitable otherwise.  It is the decreasing circulatory effectiveness associated with decreasing quality of activity and movement -- denoted by decreasing range of movement, most notably at the joints of the extremities of the head, hands and feet -- which are also the markers of aging in the human body, more than any other organs.

To those who work with the aging and terminal, that is overly obvious -- as to be the given.   But it is thought to be the end result, rather than more accurately, the cause of premature failure of the human body.  that is what needs to be exercised more than the heart (which is always working), or the core which is largely meaningless without an ultimate expression at the head, hands or feet -- as in hitting or throwing a ball, writing, hearing and seeing -- while communicating that effort to others.  That is not all taking place in the mind -- but in the visible and verifiable actuality.

Some see those movements more clearly than others -- because they have movement (neuromuscular) intelligence greater than most -- while most will be oblivious to those fine distinctions and movements.  the gifted will be able to mimic those movements exactly -- just seeing them once, just as musical prodigies can, or prodigies of every activity make them gifted at.  To them, it is the obvious.  It is, what is -- and not merely some theory that needs more funding to study -- of the many things that are irrelevant but people can be convinced are so important.

Once we establish that blood flow can be directed expressly to one area over others, then the question is, "Where would one's priority be?"  Some people would say, "Washboard abs," but more reticent and thoughtful people would say, "The core," or "the heart," failing to recognize that the heart is the only organ guaranteed to get all the blood flow anyway.  The really insightful and intelligent person would recognize that if there is one critical faculty, it is the brain -- that regulates all the others -- and thus should be serviced as the priority of all one's efforts in this respect of securing the optimal blood flow.  That would be indicative of movement at the head (neck, face) -- and its muscular development -- which is also the result of that optimized blood flow.

However, prodigious muscular development and the robust health it conveys, is rare to see in those above the age of 60, or 50, and even 40 -- and that startling decline is in fact, the greatest indicator of the general health and functioning of that individual -- and all individuals.  That is not a result simply of increasing heart beats, but of increasing the range of head movement -- the lack of which becomes especially noticeable in those with declining mental functioning -- as well as the rapidly decreasing movement throughout the body.

Such "failure" becomes critical with increasing age and impairment -- compounding and cascading on one another -- until ultimately, total failure is achieved -- but not necessarily death, which become the modern horror -- of outliving one's faculties.  At that point, it becomes a minor matter that one has outlived their money, or friends -- because there is little cognition of the difference, or any differences anymore.

Thus the priority of exercise to increase circulation, should be directed expressly and primarily to the head (brain), and thusly empowered, it has the capacity to take care of the rest of the body as what it is designed to do -- rather than the countless decisions and dilemmas of the mind not so empowered, and to which every consideration now becomes a "crisis" situation requiring extraordinary efforts just to get through each day, and to do the simplest things.