You might think by reading my blogs and feeds that I live to exercise.
It's more like I exercise to live.
Do I always want to get up and hit the gym or do any workouts, NO!!!!, someday I just want to lay in bed and do nothing.
But my joints ache. If I just lay there they will continue to ache. I can moan about how age is catching up with me, or I can get up and stretch and get to work on limbering the stiff joints up with what ever exercise I choose to do that day. Usually it's water aerobics.
For achy joints, water exercise is the best to reduce the stiffness and make you feel like a whole person.
I know not everybody has access to water, so in lieu of water, just slow stretching and movement even though at first it might be difficult, works to loosen the joints . In the end it does and makes you move better and I hope feel better.
In my early years 20 to 38 I never felt the stiffness in my joints. Even though I was diagnosed with arthritis in my 20's.
Around 38 or 39 I started to notice I was stiff getting out of bed. I had a low platform bed and getting up from the floor was getting harder. So I raised my bed and started to think about stretches before getting out of bed.
I continued with the stretches up until I got so obese that it became difficult to do.
But as soon as I could move just a little, I started to stretch again before getting out of bed.
Most morning my dog Titan stretches with me. it's sort of a game to him. He thinks we are playing. That's OK, he needs to stretch too.
By the time I get to the gym this morning and get in the water, all my doubts about getting up and doing another morning of exercises will have vanished. As soon as I feel the water caress my body, it is so soothing, I don't know how I could think of missing it.
Then the company of other women and men all in my age bracket, all there to improve on their own body's, is comforting. The music starts and , we start to move , there is some joking, laughter and another great workout has began.
So there are times I could revert back to a couch potato if only for a day, but I remember when I was like that for not days but weeks and that thought is enough to have me jumping from my bed and putting all little aches and pains aside to get to the gym as fast as I can.
Beside this morning my friend Pam, is back from Arizona and we have a lot to catch up on.
I also am going to be wearing my NEW 2 piece designer swim suit, it is a 2 pc. tank style, not a bikini , that I got at TJ Maax for the low price of $29.99, marked from manufactured suggested price of $48.00 for bottom, and $68.00 for top. I even got the matching cover up.
I then found another 2 piece little boy short, and top swim suit.. The bottom is black and the top a wild colorful print, just perfect for Zumba. I had a real good shopping day. Stayed within my budget and get some good buys. Although I almost hated to go to TJ Maax, I saw so many other items I would like to have, but can't afford to spend that much.
I told my daughter of my finds and was describing some others things, she said "Just sell some more jewelry, Mom, then you can shop till you drop." You see when she was a teenager, I was in the video business, she used to ask for money, I would say, I can't afford that right now, she would say, "Just sell some more videos. Mom, then we can have plenty."
To a young person who doesn't work money doesn't seem like such an issue. She knew it came from the business, and so just sell more and everything would be good.
I can say that she usually got everything she wanted or asked for. And it did not hurt her either. She turned out very respectful of money and how to manage it.
Well I have got my office work out of the way. Fridays are a slow time.
The sun is calling me, I am thinking about what will I do once exercise time is over. It's too nice to be indoors.
Maybe I can find someone to get out side with me. if not it's a walk in the park, feed the ducks, somewhere to enjoy the beautiful sunny day that Salem, Or. is experiencing .
I hope everyone is having good weather. Don't need anymore storms , tornado's, floods, etc.
Mother Nature, take a rest. people are tired of all that bad weather.
Thought for today:"Dreams and wishes are as real as I want to make them. The decision to take them seriously is mine."
Take care, stay positive.
Peace and Love.