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Strength and Mobility
Monday, June 05, 2006
How do I keep my strength and mobility?
into their seventies like I am may not know why they lose their balance
easily and have trouble with mobility, their backs and muscle twinges.
It’s just one of the conditions of aging, they may think. Well that’s
just not true, and I urge everyone to take responsibility for keeping
themselves in shape. It’s important to the quality of life that you
enjoy, and especially if you are retired, you can certainly afford
thirty minutes a day to take care of yourself.
I myself do yoga,
but there are all sorts of things that you can do to keep your balance
and your mobility. Stretching is the most basic, and everyone should do
some stretching at least once a day. To be safe, the best thing is to
find a book on stretching or talk to someone at a running store or look
on a search engine, because there are ways to stretch improperly and
you don’t want to do those. Stretching works best once the blood is
already flowing, so go for a nice walk before stretching out at home.
is an exercise for all ages. Many, many seniors do yoga in India, and
it has caught on amongst young people here as well. It can be quite
demanding or undemanding depending on what you put into it. Yoga is
made up of a number of series of exercises that can be performed by
yourself or with others. It helps with balance, strengthening and
flexibility. I have increased all of these things since taking up yoga
in 2001! I can keep up with my daughter on vacations and long walks
There are all sorts of exercises that I have
heard about but don’t know about in too much detail. I know of swimming
pool calisthenics, tai chi, stationary bicycle, and stairmaster. The
important thing is to be active on a daily basis! Don’t lose your
mobility and balance, because you lose so much else along with it!