Friday, September 02, 2011
Age Appropriate--exactly what does that mean? And who judges what is age appropriate?
Now I know at 50+ there are certain things that are best put on the shelf. And I think that I can judge those pretty well myself. But what is wrong with keeping a youthful zeal for life? If I want to say "cool" and "neat" I still will. They still mean the same thing to me that they always did! If I want to bike in the rain or garden with no gloves who does it harm? I still love the feel of the 'burn" after a good work out! I may not be able to keep up with the younger crowd but I have learned slow and steady wins the race. There is something to be said for perseverance and endurance!
I have gracefully retired the short skirts years ago(about the time I became the poster child for spider veins) and wear a modest swimsuit. I substituted biking for running when the years of wear and tear hit my back. I no longer play volleyball because of wrist injury, but I keep on adding new interests to replace the old. I guess it is a chance to grow.
I feel bad for my friends who stop activities and don't replace them with other physical activities. I watch them slowly accept that this is how life becomes after a certain age. I jump up and down and insist they try new things but they sadly shake their heads and say I need to slow down......so I don't injure myself for good before the great golden years arrive(now I'm not doing anything dangerous)...or ruin my health for our "later" years. Am I crazy for thinking activity and new interests will keep me going longer???
I am thankful for my new Spark Friends who believe as I do. I get such inspiration and new ideas from you all. Please keep sharing!
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Last year i turned 50 and fabulous instead of 50 and flabulous! i ran my 1st 5k for my birthday. this year, i am riding in my first cycling even for my 51derful birthday!
last month, i climbed a 40 foot climbing wall, first attempt. and it was the first time i had EVER done this. the kid running the wall said he has never even seen 20-30 year olds make it on their first attempt.
some people think i am stupid for doing all of this "fitness crap". my kids (30 somethings) think it is great though and i have even gotten to run some races with them!
keep it up GirlFriend!! you are doing it for YOU, not for them!
1821 days ago
Ellen Langer at Harvard did a study about ageing. It went like this-
some old men, who were teens in the 50s moved into an apartment for the week, they were going to live like it was the that week in the fifties. the news, the films, the music, the stuff in the flat were all from the that week in the fifties or before.
Before they went in they were tested on how they felt about life, their mobility was tested, as was the usual medical tests (Blood pressure, etc) Then they were left outside the apartment with their cases. The apartment was up a flight of stairs and staff refused to help the men with their cases. They were told if they didn't need help in the fifties, they weren't getting it now. Getting up to the flat was their problem.
As the week went on something strange happened to the men - they began to act younger, things they couldn't do at the start of the week, like open cans with arthritic hands they were achieving easily. one man decided he didn't use a stick in 1955, he wasn't using it now.
At the end of the week, the same tests as before were repeated - the mens' stress and depression had lifted and the men were keen to be more involved in their lives and decisions made around them, their medications had reduced or stopped by their docs, they were all more mobile and independant.
And the man with the stick? He never used it again.
The researchers concluded that age is a very much a state of mind - if you expect your life to see you old and infirm and useless, that's what you'll get. If you expect the opposite of that, that's what you'll get.
And you're already showing us how it's done!
1822 days ago
Comment edited on: 9/2/2011 1:49:13 PM
I think that society and the media are too fixated with being young and staying young for as long as possible. What do I keep hearing ? 40 is the new 30 or 50 is the new 40 ! maybe, maybe not. I think it's too much pressure to put on a person. there is discrimination against older people in the job market because of their age, but that's a rant for another blog.
What happened to growing old gracefully ? What's wrong with having a few wrinkles ? or spider veins ? or a little extra cellulite ? or grey hair ? If a person takes care of themselves, there is no reason they can't live a long, healthy productive as well as active life. Growing older doesn't mean I have to give up and go sit in a rocking chair. Which is what I think some people are expected to do.
While I might not be pulling 75 people in row boats on my 75th birthday like Jack Lalanne did, I'd like to think that I'm still going to be active in some way. I know for sure that like Jack, I am going to continue to strength train.
I do think a lot of people give up when they reach a certain age. Which is a shame. Because life does have quite a bit to offer ! As they say on Galaxy Quest,"Never give up, never surrender!"
1822 days ago
Comment edited on: 9/2/2011 11:57:39 AM
Love the sentiment, and I'm going to keep that in mind, "perseverance and endurance" when I'm falling behind my 50-something boyfriend who kick's my 40-something a$$ on a regular basis, instead of lamenting my declining speed (the decline is really all in my head....I just hate eating someone else's dust!)
1822 days ago
Amen, its living our dreams. The power of positive thinking.
1822 days ago
Like you, I want to be forever young. Let's hand in there and stay active and challenged.
1822 days ago
Years ago I saw a program about 'fighting' old age. One of the interviews featured a 95-year-old woman who was taking piano lessons. She said that when she was a little girl she had wanted to learn to play the piano but her parents couldn't afford lessons, and she decided better late than never - so for her 95th birthday, she engaged a piano teacher.
Now, that really inspired me. Every year I've tried to learn something new, with 'biggies' at the milestone years (5s and decades). I didn't get my driver's license until I was 40 - that was a biggie. I learned to knit - a 'smallie.' Taking an online class, getting my UK visa, volunteering at a local site... all birthday 'lessons.'
I am convinced such things help keep us young, and the same is true for physical activity. What good will it be for the people who say 'I'm saving my health / strength / physical ability for my golden years,' when by not doing enough activity they will lose it?
Foolish, ridiculous, absurd. IMHO. You've given me today's blog, hon.
1822 days ago
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