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heydaydo.com author Greg Simon

Hi I’m Greg Simon. 

Fitness training & nutrition researching since 1982. Over 60 & active. Surfer. Organic food grower. Congenital heart disease survivor (so far).

heydayDo.com is my Fitness After 50 blog that’s about encouraging a healthy lifestyle as we age. 

I share my fitness training experience as well as the sports science research I’ve done on the many benefits strength building, exercise, & good eating habits offer us older adults. 

I also write review articles after product testing and evaluating home gym equipment & fitness supplements.

My hope is that you’ll find useful or encouraging information here on my website that will benefit your unique fitness journey.

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I’ve had multiple open heart surgeries and lots of related hospitalizations & procedures since I was born. 

Every day of our lives has its own set of challenges, doesn’t it?  

🙂

I’m certain the only earthly reason I’m still here is due to my decades-long commitment & passion (is that love?) for fitness & healthy nutrition, and here on heydayDo I share a little of that good energy & enthusiasm. 

heydayDo author Greg Simon at 60 (Jan 2021) original
The 62 year-old version of me

What "Fitness After 50" is like for me

My body’s not in peak athletic condition by any means, but I figure I’m in pretty good shape for my age, all things considered. 

I simply try to stay as fit as I can given the cards I’ve been dealt.
 

STRENGTH TRAINING BY LIFTING WEIGHTS

The main form of structured exercise I do is weightlifting. I’ve been regularly doing that for 40 years now, except a few times when serious heart trouble has shut me down.

My strength training workouts are a lot shorter & a LOT less intense than they were a couple of decades ago as you might imagine.

I vary my workout schedule throughout the year, and am usually weightlifting 3, 4, or 5 days a week depending on the daily training volume (the number of sets & reps) I’m doing.

Every year I create a handful of weight training routines. These days I’ll stick with each one for 6-10 weeks at a time depending on how my body feels — slowly increasing the intensity** of the workout over the course of the cycle. 

(** – To me, intensity in this case refers to either my training volume or the amount of weight I’m lifting for a particular exercise.)

Then I’ll chill out on the lifting for several days before firing it back up again.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOVERY

 I usually take a week off from weightlifting in between those training blocks, sometimes less, or sometimes a little longer if I’m feeling run down or have a muscle or joint tweak somewhere.

I’m a huge believer in recovering sufficiently between my daily workouts & recovering almost completely between my weightlifting cycles…so a week off is a real good idea for me at my age.

I also ease off my structured workouts for the whole month of December. 

This is so I can:

* really recover from any nagging joint or muscle discomforts that have accumulated over the course of the year;

* recharge both my mental & physical engines so that I’ll feel rested & rejuvenated for the new year;

* reward myself for being a good boy most of the year & enjoy eating a few of the things I love that I tend to avoid January through November.


CARDIO WORKOUTS

I don’t do a lot of structured cardio workouts, I just work it in a few times a week around my weightlifting schedule.

The only aerobic exercise I’ll do nowadays is low impact cardio, which is great for my joints & my back.

I do my cardio workouts either in our swim spa with a tether or on my hydraulic mini-stepper.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time working out, so I usually go for brief HIIT-type workouts.

heydaydo author Greg Simon doing low-impact HIIT

Low-impact HIIT: Me on my Xiser mini-stepper…

heydaydo author Greg Simon doing HIIT sprints in a swim spa

…or doing HIIT sprints in the water.

Activities outside the gym...

Below are a few of the ‘non-workout’ ways I like to spend my physically active time. 

Greg at San O again

I surf...

…every chance I get.

I’ve gone surfing somewhere between 4,000 & 5,000 times in my life, and I’ve probably ridden around 50,000 waves. 

I am still totally stoked to catch the Pacific’s waves, so I’m going to keep paddling out as long as I can, whenever I can.

I hike

I trek a ton of miles per year with my Rotties on the mountainside where I live.

heydayDo pic - Southeast backyard view jul2019
The Wild Wild West out my back door, circa 21st century
me & the Kidz summer2019- greg simon

I farm

I grow hundreds of pounds of organic vegetables & fruit each year, and maintain a wine vineyard – working my land by hand.

Fall Crop 2019 - started Jul2019
Seedlings that'll become the Fall crop
South vineyard Jul2019
Rows of wine grapes...

There’s no way I could accomplish any of those things without staying true to that 3-part principle of mine – good nutrition, strength training, & maintaining a physically active lifestyle.

heydayDo's Rottweiler CEO sitting next to 3 vegan protein powders without artificial sweeteners - heydayDo image

Thanks for stopping by, & best of luck with your health & fitness goals!

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