TriActive America Blog

Angry About the High Cost of Medical Care and Drugs…

… Then do something about it.  No, I am not talking about contacting your Congressman or Senators. It’s much simpler than that.  Your ability to control medical cost is the amount of time you invest in being active, incorporating physical fitness and exercise into your life plan.

I created a Google search program that focuses on the benefits of exercise in promoting health and in reducing medical costs.  There are hundreds of studies and thousands of articles that testify to the benefits of adopting an active and health life style.

Don’t do that and you have set yourself up for years of visits to doctor’s offices, waiting at time up to hours for an appointment.  Then getting the prescriptions.  Most prescriptions are for High blood pressure, Cholesterol, Depression and Diabetes.

All of these can be managed or the need for medication and doctor visits reduced when a person commits to an active and healthy life style.

Some people are blessed with the ability to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle with little effort.  Most of us are not that fortunate.  We are exposed to temptations all day, every day.  A lot of us eat out at fast food or popular restaurants.  Most use a lot of salt in their food.  Watch the Food Channel and note how much salt the chefs use.  Salt increases flavor.  But to much salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure.  It is also a major contributor to water retention.  Guess how much of your weight is actually water stored and retained in your belly and legs.

Feel like your slowing down, it could  be the extra pounds of water you carry.  Recently a new doctor increased my thyroid medicine.  I was doing OK, but the new almost double amount would be much better,  Three days after the new dose and my heart went crazy.  I gained up to ten pounds.  It had to be the new medicine.  I stopped taking it and gradually went back to the original prescription.

I also contracted my cardiologist, who was also new.  He had taken me off a drug, that many doctors do not like.  On the other hand, the medicine is great at helping to offset my irregular heart beat.  No, he did not prescribe the old dosage, I went from 100 to 600 mg, for one week, 400 for one additional week and then 200.  The heart settled down, but all the other bad effects that cause other doctor’s to avoid this medicine with a plague, kicked in.  My solution, cut it back to the old dosage.  Viola, everything got back to normal.

The purpose of this recount is to talk about the water, that was retained because the heart, my pump, was not pumping out the water that I had drunk or was in my food.

It took one water pill to kick in and then for the next six days I made frequent visits to the John and shed nearly ten pounds of water.  That was relief, because the water retention made it harder for me to walk any amount of distance, climb stairs.  I felt like the old man I was trying to avoid becoming, because of my active life style.

For a man shortly about to turn 77, I have low blood pressure, low cholesterol, I am a type 2 diabetic but have little problem keeping my blood sugar in the 100-130 range, which is considered good.  I am active, travel a lot and do a lot of walking and climbing of stairs.  Yes, I have my aches and pains, we all do.  But my doctor’s tell me that I have the body of a much younger man.

Now we all know that age plays it’s ravages on all of us.  Some are very lucky and remain fit through a full life.  Others have to put effort into keeping fit.  Those who do, enjoy and I use that word, their life as opposed to those the same age who are greatly limited.  Yes genetics plays a role in deciding who are the winners and the losers.  I probably fall in between.  I have had a string of health issues, but the last major problem was in 2008, and since then the road has been clear.

The MESSAGE IS VERY CLEAR, you have a body, Use it properly or Loose it.

I vote for Use it.


Getting in shape by using TriActive Outdoor Fitness Equipment

This time of year, whenever you watch TV or read any popular magazine, the topic is all about summer and especially for women looking good in a swimsuit or outdoor attire. For many households, money is tight which means for many people to achieve their summer fitness goals, one priority is to find a way to exercise without breaking the bank. The cost-free choices are simple, (walking, running, swimming or riding a bike if you have one). When it comes to exercise, almost anything else comes at a cost, except, for TriActive America Outdoor Exercise Equipment.  I know that many people will focus on the activities mentioned above, but none of the above activities includes the second important component of a healthy exercise program, strength training.

Summer exercise on Triactive America equipment

Summer exercise on Triactive America equipment

The balance between cardio and strength training regimes is well documented and a key component of overall fitness and good health.  Nearly fourteen years ago, I came up with the idea of creating out

door fitness equipment that mimics an indoor gym.  My idea was to sell the equipment to schools, park and recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Scouts, the YMCA’s and just about any organization interested in providing a free exercise program for the public or in the case of a business their employees. All these years later, TriActive America has over two thousand installations in North America and beyond.  We have expanded our clients to include, the military, federal and state agencies, High Tech and Low Tech.  You will find our equipment on cruise ships and river boats.  Our locations include Kodiak, Alaska and the sands of the Middle East.

The key component of our Outdoor Fitness Equipment is that it has to be rugged and withstand the forces of nature and a high volume of usage.  In this we have been successful.  Our first two installations were in our home town, San Luis Obispo, CA at Nipomo Park and Cuesta College.  The equipment installed in 2004 is still used on a regular basis and has withstood the tests of time, nature and human use.

Another important factor is that our equipment is labeled Made in the USA.  We are proud that we can provide quality equipment at an affordable price and have it be a product that is made in the USA.  Our equipment is designed by our in-house engineers and designed to meet the needs of everyday Americans.  One rising trend is that equipment is now being imported from China.  We tried this in the past but we found that the powder coat and finished equipment failed rather quickly.  On visits to China, I found outdoor exercise facilities that were installed a year before and see the equipment cut from its ground installation.

We decided to come up with a better way.  We still use China to stamp and fold metal in pieces that are then shipped to Long Beach and finished with primer, rust inhibitor and quality US powder coat.  Why China? The reason for this is because it is hard to find companies that can manufacture to our requirements.  The one thing that the Chinese are very good at is the bending, folding and shaping of metal. In China, they are not as strong in putting the pieces together, the preparation of the metal for its finish and the application of quality powder coat.  We call this process hybridization.  The result has been our ability to deliver quality and durable equipment to our clients.

So with pride in our products, I invite you to visit our web site www.triactiveamerica.com.  On the web pages you will find maps indicating the locations of our equipment and instructional info and video to help make your exercise successful.

Take advantage of this beautiful summer to exercise in the great outdoors, combining your favorite cardio activity with TriActive America Outdoor Fitness Equipment


Outside Fitness Equipment and Strength Training for Diabetes Control

An increasing number of us aging adults are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association defines Diabetes as “a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal”. They also mention that Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.One of the best ways to control blood glucose levels is through a combination of cardio and Strength Training Exercise something that can be done by using our Outside Fitness Equipment.Strength Training Exercise helps the body’s muscles absorb glucose (sugar) and exercise uses glucose as fuel to fire the body muscles as they are stressed through exercise.

I am a type 2 diabetic and was diagnosed at the age of 60. To adjust for this, I initially relied just on pills like Metformin. While my overall diet was healthy I still needed to reduce my carbs, (french fries, potato chips, french bread…sigh). While I had exercised on a regular basis I needed to make adjustments such as increasing the amounts of strength training I was doing. Eventually, I had to add twice daily insulin injections. Through all of these adjustments, I am proud of the fact that I have able to keep my daily blood sugar in a healthy range of 90-130.Over the years, I developed a regimen that increased my strength training schedule to  2-3 days a week or more. Based on the number of times per week I exercised, the amount of time exercising in each session varied. If I exercised three days a week then my regimen would be 30 minutes and if I was exercising twice a week, then my workout regimen was extended to 50 minutes.

The strength training section of my workout regimen included bicep curls, tricep extensions, upper body shoulder press, chest press, seated rows and the classic crunch, although I varied these and added more core by doing the plank for two minutes. I added cardio in the form of an exercise bike, rows, walking and swimming.  I am not a runner, but jogging is a good core exercise. I also live near the bay and enjoy kayaking. I vary my exercise and I make sure to never have the same routine.  Our muscles are just as lazy as we are and repeating the same exercise on a regular basis teaches our muscles that they don’t have to work as hard.  The reason for this is that over time, our muscles grow stronger as long as they have to work hard. If you repeat the same exercise routine, gradually the muscles don’t have to work as hard and the muscles do not grow as stronger which ends up defeating the entire purpose of the exercise.

Exercise should be viewed as a challenge.  You are challenging your body into doing more, so that you can burn more glucose.  If you enjoy the occasional treat, you can put in some extra exercise time. While I have scaled back on certain food items, I like to give myself the occasional treat because it makes me feel like less of a victim by doing this. Some weeks I feel less motivated and workout a little less and in other weeks I have more energy and increase my workouts in time and strength level.  My birthday is in October and I am a Libra.  The scales are the sign for Libra and I like to think of my management of diabetes as a balancing act.  The way I see it, more carbs equals more exercise and fewer carbs equals less exercise. Thinking about the balance between dieting and exercise as a scale keeps me in balance and makes my life much easier.

One thing you should value in exercise is the variety. If you want some ideas on how to vary your workout, go to our TriActive America web site and view the variety of Outside Fitness Equipment that we offer.  Included are videos and instructional information that will help you add quality and variety to your weekly exercise routines.


Outside Fitness Equipment and Facing Challenges

It is amazing the difference in attitude and perspective from when you are twenty and when you are sixty. When I was younger, I remember feeling like I had the world on a string and it revolved around me.  This gradually changed as I got older and started to confront health challenges.  I would imagine that this is a very common challenge. However, with challenge comes opportunity.

As a young man, I remember my mother telling me “that every time a door closes, a window opens”.  You have to be proactive and look for that window of opportunity.  I cringed every time she said this, but over time I discovered that she was right. There were several jobs I didn’t get but then I got the really good job, I decided that what I perceived as failure was actually teaching me about patience and finding opportunity. Patience is one thing I have developed as I encountered a spate of health issues. How many times have we waited for doctor appointments, shown up on time and then were forced to wait?  My primary care physician told me when I asked him why I had to wait, “that in this day of rushed medicine, he spends as much time with each patient as their condition requires”.

I found this to be true in my experiences. I ended up in the ER, after having torn my patella tendon on my right knee. The surgeon had to cancel or postpone his appointments to deal with my emergency. Weeks later, I had to wait for my follow up appointment. I waited for a while, checked with the nurse and learned he had been in emergency surgery and his appointments were delayed. During this process, I was extremely patient.

All of this can be applied to our daily lives.  My company, TriActive America develops Outside Fitness Equipment and started the outdoor fitness industry in North America. I started a new, totally new business in a totally new industry, at 63 years of age. We make Outside Fitness Equipment that is made in the USA and is an ideal fitness solution in every community’s fight in battling the bulge and doing our part to give people the opportunity to overcome the health challenges in their lives.

I attended a program from Kaiser Hospitals on the topic of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and its effect on young children.  Evidently our fast food, high carb snacks and soft drinks had dramatically increased the incidence of diabetes in children as young as five.This motivated me to do what I could to help deal with this condition.  It was at this time when I really around and noted how many people, were obese. In comparison, during my youth in the 1950’s you seldom saw people who were obese.  We walked a lot more; kids played outside a lot more and our diets were much healthier.  Snacks coming home from school were raw carrots, celery and green onions. Potato chips and the like were for special occasions, like when we had company. Yes we had drinks such as soda, but this was more of a treat and not a daily indulgence.

My whole point to this article is to encourage you to open your eyes and look around.  If you are in poor physical condition, the likelihood is that you will experience one or more serious health issues.  I exercise regularly and often challenge myself by increasing weight and repetitions.  I find that that this helps me increase my metabolism, which means when I eat, the food that I eat is used as fuel to run my body and not stored around my stomach.

Coming back to challenges and opportunities, if you are one of nearly 40% of the adult population who is overweight or obese, and if your exercise is limited to pushing the remote, then you face a major challenge. The opportunity in this challenge is to join the growing movement of people who consume a diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat meats and fish, no carbonated soft drinks, and an increase in physical activity. That means not being a “couch potato” and going outside to take a walk.  Instead of the elevator, take the stairs.  When you go to the shopping center, park out on the edge and walk in.  I used to manage a regional shopping center and to set an example for my employees and tenants and their staff by doing this.

As your healthy glow begins to grow it’s time to add to your activity program. This would include things such as participating in sports, going to the gym, and doing pushups and planks at home to name a few examples. Things such as these combined with a healthy diet can help improve your lifestyle.  One good thing from all this activity, when you sit down to eat, you will find that you are drawn to the healthier food, and that your appetite is satisfied with smaller portions.  That’s your body telling you that you are doing well.

When it comes to snacks and soft drinks, you can still enjoy them as a treat but don’t make it a daily indulgence. One thing I encourage you to do is to do what we did in the 1950’s and make these a treat, a reward for your healthy behavior.  Believe me, doing this is better than laying in a bed in a hospital, or having to ride around in a scooter. If you are facing health challenges, I encourage you to look for the opportunities around the corner that can help improve the quality of life. Good luck and good health.


Living with Cancer and Exercising

I have a good friend who has been dealing with stage four lung cancer for over two years. Her original prognosis was that she had eighteen months to live. She went on Chemotherapy but continued her very busy life, as if nothing had changed. She is a successful business woman, leads an active lifestyle, travels frequently and very importantly, she exercises 6 to 7 days a week. Her routine includes classes, yoga, cardio and strength.

She recently ended chemotherapy and moved onto one of the new series of drugs. She attributes her ability to deal with cancer and the treatments to her very active life and her focus on exercise as a way to deal with the effects of the chemotherapy and to strengthen her body to deal with the chemotherapy. She does get more tired and now has to take daily naps, but she bounces right back.

Senior sit up board

An on-going exercise habit can help when needed the most.

If you would look at her life, she is doing what she did before her cancer diagnosis. She exercised before, was in good health and as I said lived a very full and active life. When you learn that she had cancer, she knew that her body was already armored to fight the disease, and the resulting treatment and her exercise kept her in top shape to deal with the consequences of her disease.

If you go on line and do a search “the benefits of exercise in dealing with cancer”, you will find pages of articles that describe the benefits of exercise in dealing with cancer and whatever treatments are prescribed. When asked by friends how long she has to live, she tells them that she wants to live as long as she feels healthy and is able to stay active.

We all know that from the day we are born, we need to understand that life is filled with challenges and that the scales are not fair in how they allocate the challenges. As we age, we will face health challenges. Being active, engaged and having a vigorous routine of regular exercise, is one of the best ways to make sure that your body is well equipped to deal with the challenges.

I know this from first hand experience. For the first 60 years of my life, I had very few medical problems. Then I hit my 60’s and I had type two diabetes, 16 days in the hospital for lower GI infections that could have wiped me out. It took a long time, but I recovered. I gradually was able to begin exercising using Outdoor Exercise Equipment and eventually was back at my former level.

Four years later, a viral infection, shut my kidneys down and I had to spend another 16 days in the hospital. Doing tests for a potential kidney transplant, led to open heart surgery which led me back to the hospital in one week. Two years later, one of the bags of fluid for my dialysis, was infected which sent me back to the hospital for 56 days. After each time, I restarted the exercise and my doctors told me I was still alive because my body was in great shape.

I know people who just love to exercise. They will spend hours working out and tell me the high that they get for the workout. For me and my son, it doesn’t work the same way. Similar to many other people, we see exercise as hard work. Yes, we usually feel better after we exercise but we don’t get the same boost that others do. Yet, here we are still motivating ourselves to exercise, because who knows what the next challenge will be. One thing we know for sure is how important it is to make sure our bodies are well prepared to face the next challenge.

A good part of the reluctance most people have with exercise is that it can hurt. The smart people will adopt a graduated program, starting light and gradually increasing the weight, time or intensity of their exercise routine. Some people treat starting an exercise routine as they do a diet. They have goofed off for many years, yet expect that a week or two will produce “results.” One piece of advice we would give is to be realistic. If you have avoided exercise for years, it is going to take a lot more than a couple of weeks to achieve your desired goal.

That is why I and countless professionals encourage you to make exercise a part of your life plan very early in life, and continue it through the passage of time. But if you come to exercising late in life, starting day one and continuing over the future years, you can achieve the same benefit. The body is very forgiving but the body will appreciate your effort.

I started this company thirteen years ago. We develop and sell outdoor fitness equipment and have thousands of installations in North America. Unlike a gym, the equipment is easy to use, located in the outdoors, and we provide a variety of equipment to accommodate most ages and body types. We have equipment for seniors, that provides a well rounded exercise program and yet has allowances for our age and body condition. I encourage you to check out our web site www.triactiveamerica.com/locations and find a location near you that has our Outdoor Fitness Equipment.


Outdoor Gym Equipment For Seniors

The TriActive America web site contains rotating banners focusing on particular market that have benefitted from our Outdoor Gym Equipment such as Parks and Recreation, Military and Kids. One other page on our website discusses how our Outdoor Gym Equipment benefits Senior citizens. As a senior, issues specific to the health and welfare of seniors is very important to me.

One value to the rotating banners on our website is that it shows industries and verticals that our Outdoor Gym Equipment works best for.  For several years, we have had equipment that is specifically designed for seniors who have physical limitations and these products can be found in the Multi-Gym Modular system.  Another line of Outdoor Gym Equipment that is tailored with those that have physical limitations in mind is our Wheelchair Accessible Equipment line. One area of particular importance is that there is increasing interest in products from things such as Park and Recreation senior focus programs, 50+ living communities, and residential properties that scale services to seniors from the very active, to those who have serious physical limitations.

There is a broad market segment that is now focused on the fact that the entire Baby Boomer generation is over the age of 50 and retiring in increasing numbers. As time goes on, the trend of retiring Baby Boomers is only going to increase. Many of these baby boomers have led active lifestyles and want their future and retirement years to offer a variety of activities such as exercise. Senior focused programs are taking this fact into account and adapting their properties and programs to meet the increased interest in properties and programs that serve this diverse population group.

While there are several seniors that are willing and able to live a very active lifestyle, there are others who are not as fortunate.  In prior generations, these people were bypassed or ignored however that isn’t the case anymore.  As a result of legislation such as the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and increased demand from vocal seniors, these trends are changing for the better. The one constant in my research is the evidence that has been established by the medical community on the value of exercise in promoting a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.  Finding the Outdoor Gym Equipment or program that fits a person’s individual needs, is now much easier to accomplish.

At TriActive America, our lines of Outdoor Gym Equipment offer selections that are suitable for nearly all seniors who want to include exercise as part of their daily life. I encourage all seniors (whether or not you are retired) to join the outdoor fitness revolution to help open the door to a life that is filled with hope and opportunity.


How Outdoor Exercise Equipment Can Help With Autism

Recently, I have noticed an increased focus on Autism in places such as websites and scientific foundations on ways to help autistic children live an increasingly richer and fuller life.

A series of studies have been released focusing on the benefits of outdoor physical exercise. One I found very helpful was produced by the Autism Research Institute.

As a disclaimer, I am not an expert in working with autistic children. However, I do read a number of reports and studies on the benefits of physical exercise. I can also take complicated scientific studies and put the conclusions in ways that are easy to communicate.

One of the studies noted that autistic children are often overweight or obese and lack muscle tone and poor flexibility. In the long term, this can lead them to living a much less active and unhealthy lifestyle.

Another common issue with autistic children is a poor diet. Autistic children are more prone to reject foods with various flavors or textures and are prone to diets heavy in carbs and sugars. In turn, these dietary choices reinforce an unhealthy lifestyle.

A lack of physical exercise and a poor diet increases the likelihood of having an autistic child become an autistic adult with limited opportunities to live a full and healthy life. As awareness is being raised for autism, it is up to us as a society to do what we can do each day to improve the quality of life for those who have autism.

The good news is that there is hope to be found in the form of physical exercise. In my career, I have conducted research for our company looking for trends and new options for our Outside Exercise Equipment. In nearly every instance where illness or disease is mentioned, the conclusion is that physical exercise is the key to helping that person get in better shape and lead a healthier lifestyle.

In the case of Autistic children, Autism produces high levels of self-stimulatory behavior. Active physical exercise reduces the level of self-stimulating behavior the same as it does with non-autistic children.

Autistic children benefit from outdoor physical exercise. The smell of fresh air and sunshine enhances the senses and produces a positive mental attitude.

Physical exercise will also help in improving the child’s eating habits. Exercise usually produces an appetite for healthier foods. During exercise, the body burns carbs for energy and protein to produce muscle. The body sends messages to the brain and those messages are translated into a desire for more healthy food to fuel this active body.

Autistic children, like their non-autistic peers, need a variety of exercise and would benefit from Outside Exercise Equipment. Cardio is key, in that it ignites the energy and calls into play many of the body’s muscle groups. Another exercise group that is extremely important is flexibility and balance. This will reduce stress and improve sleep and reaction time. These are all areas that the use of TriActive America Outside Exercise Equipment can help with for both autistic children and their non-autistic peers.


Spring Forward With Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Yell, “it’s Spring!”

I think most of us are tired of winter and ready to get back outside.  I live in California and this year’s intense rains have conquered five years of relenting drought.  I looked out the widow of my house and saw my fruit trees were in blossom and then full foliage.  People love being active in the outdoors.  Years ago communities built crude outdoor fitness equipment stations (par courses) along public trails.  The idea of these were to combine cardio, with equipment that provided balance and flexibility.

The 2nd TriActive America Fitness Zone at Cuesta College in 2004

Those original installations were made from wood with metal inserts.  Go take a look at some of these early installations and you find equipment that is no longer usable.  Our TriActive America outdoor fitness equipment is made from high grade steel that has been rust primed and powder coated to last for a number of years.  Every few days I drive by our first TriActive America Fitness Zone and feel proud that the original equipment installed in the spring of 2004 is still being used and looks great.

I volunteer for our local community college and it is there that we installed the second TriActive America Fitness Zone.  That was in the summer of 2004, and like our first installation the equipment is used regularly and looks great.

But what is even better is that we have taken several steps up from the original par courses, in that we offer equipment designed to provide, strength, flexibility, balance in addition to the original cardio and stretch.  TriActive America has designed outdoor fitness equipment to serve user populations from pre-teen to aging adults.  I am 76 and am know starting to appreciate the toll that time takes on a person’s body.  TriActive America has a solution with Multi-Gym Modular System and our Accessible Multi-Gym.

If your mobility is restricted to using a wheel chair, TriActive America has The Swivel Seat and the Wheelchair Rickshaw.  No matter what age you are or if you have physical limitations, TriActive America has the outdoor fitness equipment that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors.


Outside Fitness Equipment Helps Maximize the Power Of Exercise

Jim Sargen on an Air Walker

As the Founder of TriActive America, I do my best to practice what I preach. We started the outdoor exercise revolution here in the United States and while I do most of my exercising on TriActive America’s Outside Fitness Equipment, I also have two gym memberships.

Now you may be asking yourself, “You started the outside exercise revolution, why would you have multiple gym memberships?” the answer to this question is that I see it as a way to research how other people exercise and how this information can be used to improve our Outside Fitness Equipment to help people exercise better.

One recent trend I have noticed is that there have been more people over the age of 50 that are exercising. This is an encouraging trend in comparison to past years. With the exception of busier peak hours for the millennial generation, these days the majority of people that are exercising are over the age of 50.

As the saying goes, “some things never change” unfortunately the one thing staying constant even with other exercise trends changing is that many of the 50+ crowd are putting in a lot of time and effort exercising but are getting very poor results.

In the meetings I have with our designers at TriActive America, our focus is on developing Outside Fitness Equipment that gives users a full range of motion which in turn gives everyone the benefit of all the energy that is expended.

The reason why this area is important is because when exercises are not properly executed, one common result is muscle pulls that can be very painful and discourage people from continuing to exercise.

One inevitable reality of aging is that our muscles become more prone to injury from simple and routine movements. The older we all get, the more important it becomes that even routine exercises and movements are done correctly.

Injuries due to improperly executed exercises are an issue that is not exclusive to the 50+ crowd. Every day there are sports reports on athletes who injured themselves while improperly executing exercises.

This is something that I can personally relate to. Recently, I was suffering from muscle pulls around my elbow joints. However, I had recently figured out how I was improperly using the equipment. One major point to make is that this was from the usage of indoor gym equipment and yet another example of how indoor equipment design can lead to injury.

On a positive note, I am able to report that after 13 years of using TriActive America Outside Fitness Equipment, I have never been injured by using this equipment. At TriActive America, we design our Outside Fitness Equipment to be used by age groups ranging from pre-teens to seniors and everything in between.

Do you dislike the fact that you have to continually adjust and re-configure indoor equipment? You are not alone and we understand this frustration. Because of this, our TriActive America Outside Fitness Equipment is frequently designed to fit all body types and sizes.

All TriActive America Outside Fitness Equipment also carries simplified instructions for proper use and our website also provides additional videos and instructional materials. This helps to address the issue seen with indoor exercise equipment where adults are not sure how to use it. While TriActive Outside Fitness Equipment is not designed for younger children, they are frequently attracted to it and are instinctively able to figure out how to use it.

This reinforces the lesson that as we inevitably age, the mindset and instincts we had as children stays with us over the years.


Never to old to exercise

Ray Chavez, 104 years-old, eldest Pearl Harbor survivor exercises daily.

I was watching the morning news while riding my exercise bike.  I do this six days a week for a half hour, varying intensity in 1-2 minute bursts, when a story appeared that captured my attention.  The story was about the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, who at 104, is planning on attending this years 75th anniversary.  But what really captured my attention was the report that at 102, he was down to 95 lbs and was in feeble condition, when he made a decision to start regular exercise.  He has been working out at the gym with a trainer these past two years and has gained 20 lbs, mostly muscle.  Instead of using a wheel chair or walker he is moving on his own two feet.

TriActive America has been in business for over nearly fourteen years.  We began the outdoor fitness market with the aim of making exercise available to the large majority of the population.  Our outdoor fitness equipment can be found in parks, schools, on college campuses and cruise ships.  I am 76 and two population groups have been at the heart of this effort.  The young and the aging.  Young people are now more sedentary, consume loads of carbs and sugar and get very little exercise.  Those in my age range often are subject to health conditions that are the result of poor diet and a lack of physical activity.

For many years, I have used Google search to find articles related to the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle composed of healthy eating and being active.  Articles have repeatedly commented on the befits of exercise as an aid in dealing with major health issues, from heart disease to cancer in all forms.  Exercise turns on the body’s natural ability to fight diseases and restore people to good health.

If your like me, I daily have aches or pains, but staying active helps me overcome these conditions and lead a very active life.  If a 104 year old Pearl Harbor survivor can benefit from exercise, then you can too.  Remember to check with your doctor to help find what form of exercise or physical activity is best for you.