Sunday, September 20, 2020
Quote Of The Week
Week 9

“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  -Jim Rohn


Alicia's Musing

If there is one thing I have learned over the last 13 years since I started exercising regularly, it is this:  a workout always makes me feel better – even if I was feeling good in the first place!  After all these years, my personal experiences and those who have shared their stories with me all point to the same conclusion: life is better when you are fit, regardless of your age, gender or profession.  I have a better attitude, I like myself more, I feel like my quality of life is vastly improved, and - bonus! -  I am going to live longer.

Last week, a client of mine struggled up from the floor during her workout and muttered: “It sucks getting old.” Interesting, I thought. She attributes the pain she has in her knees to age, not to the 75 pounds she needs to shed. Now, she does have arthritis in her knees, but I know her knees would be throwing a party in her honour if she dropped that weight. And her age? She is younger than I am (now 55), and 30 years younger than a client of mine who does triple her workout because at 87 years of age, she has been committed to working out twice a week for years.

The older you get, the more critical it is to exercise (I see doctors out there nodding their heads in vehement agreement). The studies are conclusive: exercising will lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels, help with arthritis and many other chronic pain conditions, and will help with depression disorders as the endorphins released during exercise are natural mood elevators. There are many instances of individuals who have lowered their medications due to an improvement in their fitness level. And it is never too late to start. A study done decades ago in a Montreal nursing home had the residents lifting light weights 3 – 5 times a week for 12 weeks. The participants were between 80 – 95 years of age. They improved their muscle mass threefold. Imagine that – tripling your body strength at that age!

We all know what the fountain of youth is. Just ask Earl Fee, the 80 year old runner and hurdler from Mississauga, ON, featured on the back page of the September 2009 issue of Zoomer magazine. He has the eye-popping body of a 20 year old athlete, and that looks like a pretty amazing place to live.

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