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Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018 2:40 AM EST

The importance and benefits of determining your own outcome.

For starters click through to this video, it is only 41 seconds, of a young woman with one leg squatting what appears to be 135 pounds three times and then after the third squat, she lifts it above her head. Here's a still from the video;

​Here is a link from Quartz that says the average age that we in the US make it to being "healthy" is 69. Note that this is not life expectancy but something referred to as “healthy life expectancy at birth” which is measured by a so called HALE rating.

I've written many times about the extent to which Prescott (the city in Arizona where I live) is a mecca of sorts for successful aging. I see this at my gym and in the local fire department where I volunteer (been volunteering since 2003 and been the fire chief since 2012). Here is a picture I posted recently of someone from my gym who is 78 years old, decline benching 500 pounds.

The header picture for this post is from our annual #optoutside hike we do on Black Friday in Sedona. My wife and I usually hike with our friend Judy who is 74 and keeps up with us just fine (she hiked rim to rim at the Grand Canyon, a one day 22 mile hike, shortly after turning 70). For our Friday hike we took the Faye Canyon Trail in the Coconino National Forest. Somewhere in there is an arch that you can hike to and while we found the arch eventually the picture was taken from the "wrong trail." It required a lot of rock scrambling to get up to this point and Judy was able to do it just fine. We eventually found the side trail to the arch which required some more (but less than the first side trail) rock scrambling.

The reason I mention this in such detail is that the extent to which we do or do not become frail in "old" age has a huge impact on our quality of life and arguably how long we live. There are of course no absolutes but benching 500 pounds at 78 is world class elite and comfortably rock scrambling at 74 is very serious anti-frailty (a play on words with anti-fragile).

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