The Importance of Exercising

Palm Beach Post Special Section

As a Physician in Florida since 1990, I have witnessed the benefits of exercise in my mostly senior population of patients. Many of my patients have either stopped or decreased both anti-hypertensive and diabetic medications. They have improved their circulatory and cardiovascular system, which has the added benefit of improving endurance. Not only does regular exercise improve bone density and muscular strength but also improves joint flexibility and weight loss. Seniors who exercise regularly have reduced stress and depression and have increased self-esteem. Remember a sedentary lifestyle is one of the top risk factors of heart disease. Fortunately, it is a risk factor that can be changed with a well-balanced exercise program. Remember not only is increasing muscular strength possible it is imperative to your health.

I would like to leave you with a list of exercise side effects.

  • Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system
  • Improve your circulation and help your body use oxygen better
  • Improve your heart failure symptoms
  • Increase energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short breath
  • Increase endurance
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve muscle tone and strength
  • Improve balance and joint flexibility
  • Strengthen bones
  • Help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight
  • Help reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression
  • Boosts self-image and self-esteem
  • Improves sleep
  • Make you feel more relaxed and rested
  • Make you look fit and healthy

Memory Lane

Editor’s Note: Are you ready for another trip down Memory Lane? Those of you who grew up in the boroughs of NYC, will identify with this trip!

Arnold Fine, a”h, passed away on Sept. 5, 2014 at the age of 90. The Jewish Press continues to feature his timeless columns that have warmed the hearts of readers for more than fifty years.

Some Excerpts:
Some of us old timers were children of the Depression years. We knew how to live without many of the luxuries kids have today. We collected things that didn’t cost us a cent.

The bottle caps we saved became our checkers. If you pried the cork center out of the bottle cap and then pressed it into another cap, that cap became our “shooter” when we played Skelly in the street. To play Skelly all you needed was a piece of chalk to draw a box with a certain pattern and you were in business.

Saving cheese boxes was also a big thing. You could get a cheese box from the grocer; it was always clean white wood. You could save marbles in them – or keep them for old pencils. They made wonderful planters we kept on the fire escape.

Some of us also saved rubber bands. Whenever we found one we would twist it along with many others into a rubber ball. Remember those rubber-band balls? The big trick, of course, was to see how big a rubber-band ball we could make. It wasn’t easy! The wide rubber bands were the best and the easiest – the little skinny ones would always manage to slip off the edge of the ball.

Some of the kids made rubber-band balls that were the size of a baseball. When you bounced it,  it would go up almost three or four stories. But who played in the street with a rubber-band ball? You kept it in the house to impress friends. It was like a paperweight.

Saving matchbook covers was also a big thing in those years. We would walk along the street looking for discarded matchbook covers. In those years so many different companies advertised on matchbooks, and if you ever got a matchbook from out of state, you were almost a celebrity in our neighborhood.

Another thing saved in those years, especially as we grew older, – were Playbills. You know, the pro- grams you get when you see a show. If my sisters went to a show they would come back with a dozen Playbills. They would save them and give the extras to their friends. who did the same for them.

A big item in those years was a song sheet. They sold for 10 cents. Most of them were the size of today’s pennysavers and the front cover would proclaim, “500 of the Top Songs of Today!” True, those sheets did have the words to the top tunes of the day, but they never had 500 songs in them. To fill out the sheets they included the words to the national anthem, some old dance numbers, and a few of the songs we learned in school.

Another item we saved in those years were empty Prince Albert tobacco cans. They were great for storing nails, nuts, and dozens of other items.

Chocolate tins were always saved, for stationary. Mama and my sisters’ always kept stamps in purple chocolate boxes.

Ice cream sticks were also a big thing in those years. We would walk around the street and look in the gutter for discarded sticks. They were great for weaving little fans during hot summer nights, and every so often if we found a stick that said “Free Good Humor” on it, we could get a free ice cream from the Good Humor man, when he came around the neighborhood.

We also saved Bungalow Bar ice cream wrappers. The company had a promotion in those years where if you saved enough wrappers you could get a baseball or a doll or even a bat. I remember saving 75 wrappers to get a bat. I had ice cream coming out of my ears but I was so determined to get the bat that I just ate and ate and became a blimp that summer. But I got a bat!


The Genetics of Nicotine Addiction

Johns Hopkins Health Review, 2016 (ADDICTION)
Whether your first cigarette is a one-off rite of passage or one of thousands you’ll smoke in your lifetime may depend on your genes.

By studying the earliest stages of nicotine dependence, researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have determined that “there are definitely some people who are nicotine avoiders and others who are nicotine choosers,” says addiction researcher Roland Griffiths.

Genetic and metabolic vulnerabilities likely lead some people to become nicotine choosers, a finding based on the behavior of nonsmoking volunteers in a recent small study. Over time, the volunteers were able to distinguish between two seemingly identical pills – one with nicotine, one without – and then say which one they preferred and why. Nicotine choosers cited improved concentration, alertness, stimulation, energy, and mood.

Nicotine avoiders chose the placebo because the other pill made them feel light headed, dizzy, or sick. Knowing that this predisposed preference exists may lead to new preventive measures and smoking-cessation options.


A Boost for Aging Brains

Johns Hopkins Health Review, 2016 (EXERCISE)
Exercise energizes the brain, and understanding how this happens may lead to therapies for age-related neurological degeneration and diseases. As we age, our brain cells may stop producing enough energy to remain fully functional, and diseases like Alzheimer’s can complicate matters. A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the National Institute on Aging’s Intramural Research Program studied mice as they ran on wheels and found that the rodents had increased levels of a protective enzyme in their brains, which may subsequently boost energy levels in brain cells.


Florida Code

Submitted By: Toby Wolberg (Oxford)

When giving directions in Florida, you must always start with the words, “take I-75,” “take I-4” or “take I-95.”

When crossing the border into Florida forget all driving rules you ever knew.

If you’re a snowbird or a non-working retiree, you absolutely cannot drive between the hours of 6 A.M. to 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. This IS considered to be RUSH HOUR and you are not in any rush. NO EXCEPTIONS. But you will drive anyway.

Freeways can only go north and south … Not east and west except Alligator Alley.

Tolls are a fact of life, the state has to make money, so deal with it.

I-275 (Tampa area) will always be under construction … that’s the law and there is nothing anyone can do about it, period!

‘A1A’ and ‘Alt. A1A’ are the same road. Traffic lights are not timed and never will be. We measure the distance we travel in time – not miles.

If you travel more than 5-10 miles on any road in any part of Florida without seeing an orange barricade, you’re lost!

If you miss your exit on I-75, I-4 or I-275, its perfectly acceptable to BACK UP!

Every street in Florida has both a name and a number (i.e. Adamo = Rt. 60) just for the heck of it – and also for the pleasure we get from reaction of visitors when we given them directions.

Once the light turns green, only 3 cars can go through the intersection eight more go through on the yellow, and 4 more on red.

Know the difference between SunPass, SunFest, SunSentinel and SunTrust.

Your car’s signal blinker means nothing. It should be left on at all times.

English is our first and second language.


Can you figure this out!

I am sending this only to my smart friends. I thought I had figured it out and had a look at the answer only to find I was wrong. See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven

Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try. Look at each word carefully. (You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer.)


Answer: In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same.