Fitness is the key

I’ve gone from being a lazy couch potato in my forties to a comparatively fit 60-year-old because I’ve realized how important it is to be physically fit as we approach old age.

Taking care of your body so that the body can take care of us when we need it to!

I am no advocate of punishing workouts that build up the muscles, define the abs and give pleasing contours to various body parts for people of older age. Why? you may ask!

I have seen so many people falling into this false illusion that a perfect body is the ticket to a happy successful life. I personally advise older people to be as fit as they can for their age. This entails;

Being able to walk for at least half an hour without feeling tired or drained out.

Not getting breathless walking up a flight of stairs.

Being able to do small jobs around the house like cooking, folding laundry, tidying up the house etc

I would again emphasize that healthy body is the best gift we can give ourselves. Youth is notoriously famous for its inconsiderate attitude towards the body it inhabits. Young people abuse the body by ignoring most of the good principles of healthy living. Fortunately, most people realize the importance of having a healthy body as they mature. I feel that instead of obsessing about the outer beauty, if we nurture the inner wellbeing and strength, we would have a better shot at enjoying our lives.

Now is the time to start the rest of your life with positivity. Start walking a few minutes daily and increase it in small increments. I have done it and I know it is possible if you are determined to make your physical condition better. Some people have too much pain to be able to even walk but they can with the help of their doctors or therapists can undertake light stretching exercises that will get the blood flowing. Underwater exercises are excellent for joint, muscle and back pain.

Whatever works for you, please do it. Slowly and gradually you will see an improvement in your physical and mental health.

Now I’ll get off my soapbox!😅

Written for WQW # 3- Topic: Fitness, hosted by Marsha



57 thoughts on “Fitness is the key

  1. Very well said. Working on the same concept and I am in my 70s. Went to the chiro yesterday and he said for my age I am in great shape except for getting my feet in better shape and my back from when I slipped on the ice. Very luck and healthy for my age.

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  2. You have a great soap box, Sadje. I love how you’ve gone from couch potato to relatively fit to start your 60s. I’m a walker, too. Being off my walking game this year was so difficult, and I didn’t do as well as I wanted to doing other types of exercises. I’m back to doing both now, nothing so strenuous that it makes me ill, but constantly moving. Kirstin’s quote this week inspired me, “Exercise is a celebration of what you can do, not a punishment for what you ate.” I can’t remember who said it, but I think we have both discovered that truth. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. great wisdom here Sadje … we need to keep our bodies and minds healthy to make the most of our lives. I beach walk an hour six days a week, and the energy that level of fitness provides means I’m ready to tackle most things 🙂

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