” The older we get the more we have to work.” Thats something one of my teachers said, and I’ll never forget it. She referred the the human body and the demand we put on it. Another saying that comes to my mind is “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it”. Aging is something that’s going to happen even if we fight it, there’s no way around. One of the key signs for a healthy and young body is it’s ability to move well. Doing whatever you want and being able to do so without aches and pains.
What do you still want to do?
Playing tennis, golf, soccer, biking, climbing… walking, playing with the grand children, getting out of the chair without help, getting out of bed…? The list of demands we have can vary from day to day or decade to decade.
Working here in Santa Fe with a clientele that is up to 30 years older than my Brooklyn clients definitely challenges me on many different levels. Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Hip- and Knee replacements (no biggie). Just walking can sometimes be a challenge and it’s not the previous mentioned conditions that make us immobile but should we fall and break a bone can definitely throw a curve ball. I remember my late grandmother being in excellent condition up to the day when she had an unfortunate fall and being bed ridden for many weeks deteriorated her body (and mind) tremendously.
Here is how it’s done:
1. do something every day (walking is a great start)
2. challenge your balance
3. Do Pilates!
4. Do Pilates regularly. If you’re over 60 twice a week for 60min is the minimum if you want to see some results.
5. Start working your body early, don’t wait until you feel the signs of aging limiting your way of life.
And here are some great results:
81 years young and doing the Longstretch like a 18 year old. Bravo!
What would you like to do, and is your body supporting that desire?