Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Keeping going.

As one gets older it is easy to sink into a state where the world passes one by.  I try very hard not to let that happen, and it is one reasons I to blog every day if possible.

It is important to keep one's body going as well as it can - errors and omissions excepted - and to this end I attend an 'exercise for the over sixties' class.  It started up again today and I can tell you that I have come home after the class realising just how important it is to attend such a class.

 I have exercised parts that have not been exercised since the end of July - and by the time I had had my tea my body was pointing out to me which parts they were.   But even more importantly - my brain had got lazy and I found that very scary.

Our tutor, Sue, sits us in a circle and we do a variety of exercises which she calls out at the last minute - doing them with us so that we get the general idea (albeit wrong way round as she is facing us!).   It means we have to concentrate one hundred percent and I almost felt I had forgotten how to do this.

It was only during the cup of tea at the end that I was relieved to find that everyone else felt the same.   So I cannot emphasise strongly enough that if we want to keep as fit in body and mind as we can for our age, a class like this is essential.

11 comments:

Terra said...

We are of a similar age and I agree with you that exercise is essential, both for mind and body. I exercise 3 times a week at a health club and set my own goals; whether you are in a group or on your own, it is all good.

Wilma said...

Exercise has always made all the difference in the world for me, mentally and physically and emotionally. Especially after menopause! Like you, I can tell a real difference if I slack off for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, it doesn't take long to get back into it either.

Cro Magnon said...

I swim every day (almost), but this will soon come to an end as the pool dips below 25 C. In the cooler months I have to find other things to do.... mostly walking and gardening.

Countryside Tales said...

That's why I took up running at 40. It has made an enormous difference to my health and well being. What I find interesting is that I've always been very active but the act of getting out of breath and making your heart and lungs work is something else. Huge benefits for which I am very grateful. I always think of you as a very positive and on the ball person.

Dawn McHugh said...

Its great that you are taking matters into your own hands and are aware of these things, many just slip into a sedate way of life and do nothing, I am not there yet but hope to stay active for a long long time :-)

Heather said...

I am just about to try to get my legs back into a smooth walking gait after two years of hobbling with pain in my left knee and a more recent heel spur on my right foot. I am glad to say that both are recovering fast but I still use a stick for any distance over about 50 yards and hope to abandon it soon. You are so right - never give up, is the motto! Well, only temporarily and only when necessary.

The History Anorak said...

You don't have to be your age to feel the strain of a trip to 'the gym'! I only need to miss one session to tell the difference. Well done for going. Keep it up.

A Heron's View said...

One has only to observe Queen Elizabeth to see the truths of keeping going :)

Rachel said...

Keep on rockin' Weave.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for the encouragement folks!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I wish my mum would, she's thrown two double 6s by getting away with both triple heart bypass and breast cancer, but arthritis has made her rather immobile. Can she can stuff if she wants. She doesn't want to enough.