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What’s Driving You

to think and act on health opportunities for men in the 50+ age group?

by Bob Gurney

Something must have stimulated you to come to this website and seek answers to questions, and/or become aware of questions that need to be asked. You are over 50 years of age and have many questions concerning personal health and opportunities of physical activity. Although this article is limited in being able to address all your questions – here are a few questions that you may need answers to …

1.   Now that I am over 50 years of age, what health issues should I be concerned about – personal status and in terms of common health concerns connected to this age group?

2.  How valid is the health information being disseminated through the traditional media and new social media?

3.  How do I find legitimate resources to guide me through activities of good health?

4.  The health literature and promotions are overwhelming … information overload – how do I determine which path to take?

The Game Plan to addressing the above questions …

1.   Start with completing the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) that you can download free and print ( Also, download (free) and print the PARmedX form at the same URL site as above.

2.  Make an appointment to see your medical doctor. Show your doctor your completed PAR-Q and if advised, work collaboratively with your doctor to complete the PARmedX form. Ask questions concerning your current health and what health assessments need to be undertaken – request referrals to professionals that can provide the needed assessments.  This information will give you a good foundation to building your health – physical activity plan.

3.  Now you can start to build your health – physical activity resource team. Who do you need on your team? Your medical doctor (GP) is best to be the manager of your team, supported by Dietitian or Sports Nutritionist, Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer/Exercise Physiologist. There may be others that your Physician recommends.

4.  Other resources include searching for sport health professionals and resources through membership can be found within the Sports Medicine Council of Alberta (

Author: Bob Gurney

Get Out There & Live Life

by Ken Eddy

OK, you’re staring into the mirror and there in the glass is an old wolf looking back. You’re thinking, maybe I’ll make some homemade soup or perhaps take the Harley on a three day cruise…and then it hits you…you don’t own a Harley and have no idea how to make soup!

Is it mid-life crisis (not that you believe in such a thing) or is it the fact that you have devoted the last 30 plus years to acquiring things and generally just paying bills? Could it be that you have just watched a travel/adventure documentary with a couple of intrepid travelers who have spent the last six months traveling South East Asia or how about the fact that your bucket list seems to be getting heavier instead of lighter?

Whatever the reason, you have made a decision and to hell with the consequences, kind of, sort of, maybe…hmmm, maybe you should weigh the pros and cons of taking off on a great adventure (albeit maybe only a few weeks or so). Yes that’s it; you are a conservative, careful planning kind of guy that likes to add up the costs of going vs staying home and doing the responsible thing.

Take this piece of advice…don’t add up the pros and cons period! Your list of cons will always outweigh your pros due to one simple fact…the majority of pros will only become evident after you have returned from your adventure and you find yourself asking, why the hell did I not do this years ago?

Well then, do the math on this…you are 50 plus years old, add on 10 years and what do you get? Does it look like a formula that adds up to a stronger, leaner more adventuresome guy ready to take on the world or did you just mouth the words…Oh Oh?

The one true thing about life, you’re  are not getting out of it alive!


Thailand December 2005, I am leaning against the wheelhouse on the bow of a 40 ft Thai fishing trawler that has been converted to a foot passenger ferry. At my feet at the tip of the bow is an offering to Buddha. It is warm, but not too warm, the sun and a light breeze coming off the Andaman Sea create a pleasant balance. My travel buddies, Leo and Ray are to the right and the left of me. Leo is engaged in conversation with a fellow Canadian, she is a young lady from Saskatoon who is traveling with her American marine boyfriend. They have come from South Korea where she teaches English and he (I assume) is stationed. Ray is chatting with some German travelers (you cannot go anywhere in the world and not run into German travelers).

As we chug across the open sea it gives me time to reflect back to the craziness of Patong Beach, situated on the Island of Phuket, from its bars and shops, to the insane drivers on hundreds of scooters. My friend Ray is still recovering from a header over the handlebars flip
(note to Ray: apply back break only) and his daily trips to the hospital to have his bandages changed.

After a lengthy ride we finally approach Koh Phi Phi (Pi Pi Island). When you dream of Thailand, this is the island in your dreams. Shaped like a dumbbell with two high peaks at either end and a short stretch of land between the peaks (approximately 2-3 blocks wide, depending how you measure. With the west side having the main dock and one walking street of commercial shops, the east side is absolutely picturesque!

If you have ever watched the 007 movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” then you will be familiar the scenery, the beaches and the unique islands.

As we departed Koh Phi Phi I found myself standing on another small ferry boat staring back at the island. I’m sure I was thinking, what a terrific little island, I sure hope that the many tourists that flock to this small island paradise continue to respect the delicate balance between nature and humans so evident on its shores. To make a point, there were several handwritten signs on the island stating “Save Phi Phi”.

But it was not the humans that were going to be the biggest threat to the island and its inhabitants. No, it was Mother Nature that gave the island its biggest test ever. Less than a week after my departure THE TSUNAMI crashed into the tiny island, slamming it from both sides and turning the small strip of land between the two peaks into a virtual washing machine of death and destruction.

Yes, life can be very sobering and short! As you look into that mirror I hope the person staring back at you appreciates the time you have left, the energy you have and the importance of getting out there and living life instead of crawling onto the couch and watching it!

Author: Ken Eddy



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