Fit to Live

   The level of exercise and diet information has grown exponentially over the years in lieu of the onslaught of obesity. There is always some new way to workout. There are so many methods that espouse ways to tone up that if you’re not confused by now you will be. I am a former aerobics instructor and gym rat. I was obsessed with needing a flat stomach, toned arms, and great thighs. Over the years I lifted heavy weights, used the stair master for hours every week, and took my measurements at least once a week to make sure I wasn’t ballooning up!

   Well if it’s one thing I’ve learned is that being excessive does not always serve us in the long run. I’ve ended up with three implants, shoulder, knee, and hip. In December of this year I will have the other knee done. What I find amusing is that there are multitudes of individuals who are replacing parts, but there are few articles or establishments that cater to this genre of the population. Oh, yes there are rehab facilities and you can see a physical therapist if your doctor writes you a script. But why are we ignoring a faction of society that is growing by leaps and bounds?

   I am no longer at the point where I can climb a wall, swing on a rope, or even attempt to do a pushup. So many of the programs today are geared to seduce people into pushing themselves beyond their limitations. Does anyone really have to carry a log on their back while going uphill? The biggest loser always has people doing things that in my mind border on insanity. Does anyone ever get chosen for that show that has arthritic issues, like hands that have a hard time holding weights, backs that are compromised, or ankles that hurt when you walk. I know extra weight doesn’t help, but aging reminds us over and over that we may not have been kind to our bodies and those bodies remind us of it everyday.

   Eleven thousand people are reaching sixty-five everyday. Many of them are saddled with limitations that make simple everyday tasks difficult. Where are the fitness programs or fitness centers for us? I know you can go to a gym and hire a personal trainer, but you need to have someone who is both a physical therapist and a fitness trainer.

   Yoga has some possibilities but at this point in time I would have to modify the modifications. I think the time is ripe for an enterprising individual to create a wellness center for the aging population. it would serve everyones interests. An senior who is capable of being more physically autonomous puts less burden on family and community. I’m ready for a “elder cool” exercise haven..How about you?

6 Replies to “Fit to Live”

  1. Thank you for putting this thought out there! Institutions, take note! In my neighborhood “yoga for round people” is offered, but at 75 I have issues of balance and nerve damage. I value my autonomy dearly, but have “modified the modifications”. When I see a walker or scooter, I whisper to myself, “Not yet, not yet.” May we keep calm and wobble on!

  2. I think the answer you may be looking for is in the ancient art of Tai Chi. There is a wonderful school – Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Fang at The Spire in downtown Plymouth run by Fang Chih Lee. She is a wonderful master.

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