Linda and most of the delegates at the USAS convention in Jacksonville, Florida listened to Dr. Tanaka’s presentation. He started out showing a group of ugly, almost fetal-looking mole rats. He said they live long lives, showing not much aging until they die. He made the room laugh when he said, “I don’t want to look like them. I want to live like them. The Mole Rat is my Spirit Animal.” He included many graphs of age related/exercise related/ studies. Swimming is beneficial, but is not actually proven to cause more longevity, citing Pub Med Data Base and the National Library of Medicine.
Although older swimmers are swimming faster now (a mediocre swimmer today could easily beat the first Olympic champions of 1896), the age of Olympic champions has remained constant. He showed a muscular Dara Torres at age 41 as an exception.
Then he brought up sexual prowess with a graph of sexual frequency (in percentile):
Among the general population:
Men 49, Women 26 in their 40s, and Men 24, Women 24 in their 60s
Men 100, Women 100 in their 40s, and Men 100, Women 100 in their 60s
Dr. Tenaka mentioned that any study showing 100% as any answer cannot be scientifically trusted, but the audience seemed to puff up with pride nevertheless.