Let’s Get Physical – Solutions for the aches and pains of aging

It seems inevitable. The aches and pains that come with aging. But a recent video I saw on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GerardoGabrielOfficial/videos/935370616511814/) made me rethink the physical aspect of added years. Is it really just the fact that we become less active that causes our bodies to deteriorate? I’ve read that the best thing for a bad back is moving and exercising, and that too much sitting or lying around are the worst things for a bad back. So it seems that as we move less and less,  our muscles, bones, and joints are affected. old-lady-deadlifting

Solution:  Get up and get moving. Does that mean you need to start training for a marathon? I’ll never be a runner, so running is not going to be my source of movement. It might be for your. For me it’s yoga. I used to do it pretty regularly in my forties, then life got in the way because I didn’t have the 1-1 ½ hours to devote to my practice. I know I need to get back to it, but in the meantime, I found simple solution to keep some movement in my life. For example, I installed a Varidesk on my desk. This desk allows me to stand while I’m working. And standing while I’m working allows me to move my feet, and feel a bit more active than if I were sitting, and I can even do a deep knee bend occasionally, and stretch from time to time.  Sometimes while I’m sitting, I ride my imaginary bike. At least it’s something.

My point is, that doing something is better than doing nothing. Every little bit counts. Find something that works for you and get started.The man in the video didn’t start with his impressive physical skills. He built up his strength and agility. It doesn’t matter whether he was like this as a young man and maintained his physical strength over the years, or built up to it in later life. The fact that he worked towards it is the important part. So get up and walk. Lift a small weight over your head. Lift it twice tomorrow. Do one lap around the house today. Two laps tomorrow. Do one yoga stretch today. Two tomorrow. And keep moving forward, slow and steady. And before you know it, you’ll feel better.

This is not a New Year’s Resolution. This is a commitment to a better physical life for your body.

Happy New Year from DinerWear


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