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So Important To Keep Exercising!


Monday, July 29, 2013

I have the day off today so I'm still at camp. There's a lovely little gym which is really a physical therapy/rehab center 2 miles away in town that I joined so I could work out on weekends. This morning as I was on the treadmill, I saw a larger than usual population of seniors, probably because it's a week day and the younger set frequents the gym more on weekends which is when I'm usually there. Anyway, I watched senior after senior totter in, struggle to get on a recumbent bike or recumbent stepper and thought to myself, "Holy cow, THIS is why I need to keep working out, get stronger, get more flexible and stay really active. Use it or lose it!"

I give them credit for even being there, don't get me wrong. They weren't at home in their recliners or rocking chairs which is where I always was prior to January this year. I am so grateful I started changing my life style before it was too late!

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BESSHAILE 8/1/2013 7:35AM

    Too True. I'm inspired every time I visit my mama in the nursing home. Thank goodness I also enjoy it. But I'd do it even if I didn't - or find a way to enjoy it, because the pay off is so great.

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AKATHLEEN54 7/31/2013 10:59PM

    I can't agree with you more. One of my primary motivating factors to exercise is having seen my Grandmother struggle with walking and moving about with joint pain related to arthritis and inactivity and now I see my Mom going through the same thing. Neither one of them has ever been terribly active and I certainly don't want that to be me. Let's keep moving!! emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 7/29/2013 3:19PM

    Yes, I think it is better to work out and stay active, rather than hobble along in life and being able to do what you want to do! That is the best reason of all to stay active and exercise~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 7/29/2013 3:03PM

    I totally get why you are out there doing what you need to do to get healthy. I'm 60 and fully appreciate all that I can do. I was sidelined with surgery on a couple of tendons by my ankle this winter. I don't ever want to be sidelined like that again! Do what you gotta do. emoticon

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ALISONCHRISTIAN 7/29/2013 2:09PM

    I totally agree and this has been a primary motivator for me. I am 52 and watching my 83 year old Mom get weaker and more unsteady has really pushed me to develop and maintain strength and flexibility now rather than trying to hold it together later. Also, they now know that there is a direct connect between remaining active and maintaining cognitive function. I am all for doing things before you HAVE to when you are still in control.

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HANSBRINK 7/29/2013 12:58PM

  I know what you mean. When I visit my father at his retirement center, I try to use their gym facility. There seems to be two types of people exercising. Those that are rehabbing and are there because their doctor or PT told them to exercise. The second type are those that are there enjoying themselves because working out is part of their life style. I hope to be one of them when I get older.

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