Update from shaky man

May 15th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  2 Comments

My regular correspondent Neil Sligar, the hardcore badass from Down Under, has sent along some photos. What he’s doing would be ninjariffic for any dude in his mid-60s, but is especially so because Neil was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998. Check him out bench pressing 100 kg.

As Jorg Blech points out in his book, exercise is good for damn near anything that ails you. The human body evolved to move against resistance — literally and metaphorically. Rest and recovery are important — essential, even. But like anything else, they should be done in moderation. The body thrives on well-managed challenges (with the occasional crazy challenge thrown in there to shake things up). As this video of Hazda Bushmen in Tanzania suggests, our ancestors evolved as active beings. Daily life for early humans meant almost constant movement. Stop moving and you’re lion food.

High fives to Neil!


  1. Toby Wollin says:

    May 17th, 2009at 4:07 pm(#)

    Yay for Neil!!! I’m another example of the curative properties of exercise and weight lifting. I injured my back (the doctors claimed that all I did was pinch a nerve in my back but I’m thinking there was some disk injury as well considering the numbness and other issues in my leg) and could not stand, sit, or even walk. Through the efforts of my husband and son standing on either side of me, I taught myself to walk again without dragging my foot and then we signed up for ballroom dance lessons, which helped me retrain my leg and my foot in terms of where each part of my foot was and when to put what part down and so on. At first, I had lot a lot of muscle in one leg but by the end, I had stabilized it and went on to starting lifting weights and riding my bike; I have no back problems now.

  2. Christine says:

    May 18th, 2009at 7:58 pm(#)

    What amazed me about the bushmen is that they REST in a deep squat. That, and their posture. They obviously don’t spend enough time in front of computers!

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