About Healthy Old Mike

Fitness is not a Destination

My name is Mike, I am 57 years old and I have an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome.

A few years ago, in many ways I was incapacitated with fatigue and inflammation throughout my body which are both symptoms of this terrible disease. The disease was progressing much worse as indicate by my specialist doctor as my stress levels were too high due to many life challenges that all of us are presented with and can use as an excuse to stop trying.

Healthy Old Mike’s July 2024 Update:

I do functional high interval training now at least 3x times per week.   Recently I joined a full contact ball hockey league and many of the players remark the great shape that I am in as an older gentleman and some younger players in the 30s have said I have more strength and endurance then they do.  This inspires me even more and I am hoping to inspire others to NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP.

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If you are overweight take control of your life.   Start by making the right decisions every hour.   Never overeat, cut sugar or for your health go sugarless, drink lots of water every day etc. etc. etc. 

4 years ago, I went to Sjogren’s Syndrome Support Group and of the 5 people present, including myself they all attended in either wheelchairs or using a cane.  From that moment I decided this would not be my destiny and I believe I am living proof that if you are determined you can overcome the situation you are dealt with.  I have days where my fatigue makes it almost impossible to get out of bed, but I push through and force myself to still go to the gym.   I am certified disabled and again I have bad days, but I have days where I perform like an athlete.     I use my mind to push through everything and not let this disease control me.  I control it.   Whenever I eat anything, I say to myself, “do I really want to put this into my body?”.   It is amazing when you do these things the progress you will make.

My motivation for this site is to encourage everyone to live healthy.   You will have days when you are tired, but you must still go to the gym.   Anything worth having requires work.   When I see overweight people who have all the advantages given to them, I want to shake them and tell them to cherish their gifts.  So many people through unhealthy living are slowly killing themselves. 

The benefits of exercise are countless and the sedimentary lifestyle we live can take years off our life if we stop moving and get our heart rate higher.  



What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

For those who don't know...

An immune system disorder characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth.

With this disorder, the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells that produce saliva and tears. Sjögren’s often occurs with other such disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
The main symptoms are dry mouth and dry eyes.
Treatments include eye drops, medications, and eye surgery.

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