LifestyleTrainingWhy is a 70-Year-Old Swede Roller Skiing Across The Entire Country of Canada?

FasterSkierAugust 8, 2005

Ever thought you were too old to exercise or that it was too late for you to start getting in shape? Think again! Read all about how my 70-year-old father is in the best shape of his life and how his secrets can help YOU get there too!

Here it is, right up front: your age is just a number. It's not who you are…it's not your limitation. It's just a number.

How do I know this? I need to look only as far as my father, Alex Nilsson, who turned 70 years of age last December. At this very moment, as you read this, he is roller skiing across Canada, covering more than 50 to 60 miles per day (80 to 100 km)…every day…until he makes it all the way across the entire country!

1. The Trek Across Canada

Roller skiing, if you're not familiar with it, is basically cross-country skiing on wheels instead of snow! The stride is the same, the action is the same, the demanding, total-body nature of the exercise is the same.

Starting on June 25th, 2005, from Victoria, B.C., Canada, Alex began his roller skiing trek across the country. After going up and down all the many steep mountain passes of British Columbia, in three weeks, Alex is already into Saskatchewan, having covered more than 1000 miles (1600 km) in that time. His goal: to reach the Atlantic Ocean at St. John's, Newfoundland, by Labor Day.

I've been documenting the journey in detail (like roller skiing up a huge mountain pass in the pitch black and pouring rain with no guardrails) on the website I've created for him:


There, you will learn more about how he's doing it, how far he's gone, and much more! You can also sign up to be notified whenever I've made updates to the site and trip log as well. Be sure to click on this link and have a look!

2. Raising Awareness for Type II Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. There are two types of diabetes:

Type I Diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas whereby it doesn't produce enough effective insulin to control blood sugar. Type I Diabetes is not, unfortunately, preventable, though very treatable with insulin.

Type II Diabetes is the focus of my father's journey. Type II Diabetes occurs when the pancreas either can't produce insulin or releases insulin, but the body isn't able to utilize it properly. The onset of Type II Diabetes can be prevented or delayed. Through good nutrition and exercise, one can manage blood sugar levels. Type II Diabetes is on the rise with the increased consumption of sugary foods and inactivity by much of the population (especially in North America).

Diabetes is a serious disease and, as he rolls across Canada, Alex is hoping to increase awareness of Type II Diabetes and how preventable it is! More information on Type II Diabetes is available through the links below:


At and, you'll also find information on “Team Diabetes,” which Alex is participating in to help bring in donations for diabetes research. It's an excellent program and I really encourage you to read more about it, especially if you know someone who is diabetic or you're diabetic yourself!

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