Last Saturday morning as my husband and I returned from an early morning bike ride, we passed a 60-ish couple making their way to the entrance of a popular breakfast restaurant.
‘Making their way’ is a nice way of saying ‘huffing, puffing and waddling painfully’ toward the front door. Waaaaay too young to be moving that slowly and laboriously.
I felt sad for that couple because they have made choices that have severely limited their options for participating in life. I can’t imagine that biking, canoeing, cross country skiing, social dancing or even walking a trail are feasible for either of them. How can you care for grandkids, volunteer for church/community events or plan a fun vacation when you can’t move with any degree of ease?
As I (thankfully) keep getting older, I care about fitness much less as a means of maintaining a specific dress size and more about being able to maintain an awesome quality of life.
I’ve only said this about 4 million times on this blog…I just don’t understand why exercise is such a tough sell.
I can’t stand to hear people whine, “It stinks to get old.” Obviously, as we get older, our bodies start to show signs of wear and tear. Some of us are luckier than others as far as general health is concerned but we can all at least participate in basic maintenance.
I PROMISE it doesn’t have to hurt…just start moving your body in a way that feels good and it will have this wonderful snowball effect…you will want to move more so you will and then you’ll have more energy so you will want to move more so you will…