The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
How is it, that at 40 something, so many of us, (me included), make a subconscious decision to give-in to the old age time clock? Yes, the body starts to slow down and there are a few more aches, pains and loss of flexibility, but if you slow down a child, they too will gain weight and feel similar symptoms.
I wondered how this happened to me, somebody who was so active. At 25 years, had you offered me the choice between a donut, coffee and a good T.V. show verses a ½ hour time-out for me to stretch and exercise, the choice was simple. S & E hands down!
Try doing some soul searching to ask yourself how, when and why you may have become less active.
“What if”: …. (I love these thought processes), what if you slowly started to reverse this pre-old-aged scenario. What if you decided to find ways – fun ways – to exercise more. What if activity became a treat again….. Hmmm. Forget the diet word. There is no joy in that process. Exercise / activity can be joyful, as it was when you were young. The good news is that muscle memory is stored in your body for years and years. For example: Take two 60 year olds, (one an ex-skier from 40 years ago – you, and the other who has never been on skis), and put them on a ski slope. Who will learn to ski the fastest? So after a couple of frustrating tries, there you are, cautiously gliding down the slope with a grin on your face. And as you return to the slopes on a regular basis, your body recharges, strengthens and tones and the exercise process is fun once again.
More good news: now you probably don’t fixate on food as much and can simply cut back portion sizes. The problem is getting started, making the choice to enjoy a healthy body again. I have been on that journey, made the choice, and I can empathize how complicated the process can be.
Synergy –staying fit is living strong, has evolved from my journey. On the next blog I will explain what tips worked well for me and how my classes are well-suited for people rebuilding a healthier body. I look forward to hearing from you. Have you been down the same road and what worked for you?