Aging Gracefully-Learning to Change the Way We Exercise
Aging Gracefully allows us to keep our bodies moving, without being the weekend warriors we used to be. Remember back in the day when one of your friends had this great idea that it would be fun to bike ride to a camp site, go hiking all day, put up a tent and camp, and hike again the next morning, before biking home? I had friends like that. I didn’t go with them. My weekend warrior exercises were more like walk 30 blocks to the place in New York City’s garment district where I was modeling, stand on my feet all day in 4” stiletto heels, change into sneakers and walk the 30 blocks back to my apartment, sprint up the six flights of stairs because the elevator was out way too often, change clothes and then go out dancing all night long. I don’t do that anymore, either. LOL.
This term is used for people who only participate in an activity in their spare time. The actual usage of it became assigned to people who were basic couch potatoes all week and then tried to run marathons or over do it on the weekends. Many injuries occur that way.
Wisdom With Age
One of the hallmarks of maturity is knowing your limits and boundaries. For many, the Dragons of Ego make poor decisions. The guy who jumps into a pickup basketball game because he used to play 25 years ago, and then pulls a muscle, knows what I’m talking about.
Competition can be another reason that people don’t listen to the wisdom of their bodies and try to compete with others much younger than themselves or are in competition with the memory or records set by their own younger selves.
Daily Routine When You’re Over 50
Exercise doesn’t have to be a daily 90-minute session in the gym, six days a week. Muscle tone, flexibility and endurance can be achieved through regular exercise, even if that means a consistent workout a few days a week for thirty minutes.
Listen to Your Body
Listen to your body’s wisdom, not your Dragons. They will either tell you that you don’t need to work out at all, or convince you that you just don’t need to work out today.
Maybe you’re over 50. Maybe not. That’s not important. What is important is to keep moving.
What’s In It For You To Keep Moving Your Body?
According to the National Institute of Aging, prevention of disease or chronic conditions is a great reason. “Exercising as a senior may delay, or even prevent, diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Exercise can also help alleviate symptoms of depression and improve your mood.”
Move It or Lose It
Keep moving your muscles and exercising your joints so that you can continue to perform activities you love, without pain. Maintaining flexibility contributes to fewer accidents while driving. You’re able to turn your head around for greater visibility. Keeping yourself strong allows you to lift grandchildren easily or hold a baby that has fallen asleep.
Aging itself is a forward march, but aging gracefully is a choice.