I turn 55 this month… and feel better than I did at 45!

IMG_4209Happy birthday to me!

The double nickel.  55. Feel better than I did at 45!

I have been traveling, but yesterday got back in the gym to work with the trainer. Because I’ve had two neck operations in the past 12 years, I can’t really do a lot of upper body lifting.  But I work around my limitations and do core and lower body weight training. While I did a fair amount of walking and even the treadmill while traveling, I believe that strength training is absolutely essential to building muscle, which helps to burn fat. I believe it helps reduce the chances of diabetes, and also just makes it much easier for me to have energy in my daily life.

For example, because of my neck, it is hard for me to bend over and do things. But as I’ve developed my leg strength (and lost weight), I find it much easier to simply bend down on my knees to the floor to do things or pick things up.  When I was heavier, and had less strength, it was harder to do those things.

One of the things I also find important is measurement. And it is gratifying to me to see that my performance on the treadmill has gotten slightly better over the past year. My performance weightlifting has declined a little bit, which I think mostly has to do with long periods of travel and less time in the gym than last year.  Again, measurement is key.

Oh, the double nickle.  Some of you thinking of Michael Jordan?  Here’s that video:


Happy birthday to me! May you feel better see you then you do today!


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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