Last week I went to visit the grandchildren in Ohio. It was a such a wonderful visit filled with walks and PlayDoh and bubbles, along with a little road trip. I also had my 51st birthday. Now I’m not saying that I’m old, however I did feel a little old while I was there. I was still recovering from a bad fall I took while running (I fall a lot) and I also spent a lot of time getting in and out of the back seat of their minivan.
It got me thinking about aging – physically, so I thought I’d ask our Go Grandmas what they’re doing to avoid that rocking chair. Here are a few of their tips:
Andrea G. (Minnesota): I walk every day in the summer but I’ll need to find indoor exercise before seasons change.
Valora O. (Minnesota): I walk 2 miles a day plus I lift feed bags!
Susan M.: Stretch, stretch, stretch – and do some form of exercise at least 3X a week. I dance and do isometric exercises and calisthenics and then always stretch afterward.
Sherry K. (Canada): Yoga! I recommend starting in a small hatha yoga class with a mature instructor that is well-versed in accommodations for injuries, who can help you avoid incorrect/bad positioning. Youtube Fightermaster Yoga
I think they’re all on to something – walking and yoga/stretching seem to be the key. I do my share of walking/running but I struggle with yoga. When you’re used to arriving at a destination while running, it becomes difficult to calm your mind and body enough to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Laura Devine at Real Fit Workout Studio got me started with a few yoga classes and I’ve try to continue it on my own. I’m definitely a believer, just not committed … at least until now!
I found this great article titled Health Aging into your 80’s and Beyond on the Consumer Reports website. It lists “5 Keys to a Long and Healthful Life”.
The first key is Manage Your Health. Ok – busted. I have high blood pressure that is unmanaged. I just keep calling it chronic high blood pressure or sometimes I call it “white coat syndrome” . I should probably “manage that.
The next key is “Keeping Your Body Strong“. I like this quote:
“Here’s a quick test to find out whether your fitness has deteriorated to a point that puts you at risk: Time how long it takes you to get out of an armchair, walk 10 feet, walk back, and sit down again. A healthy adult older than 60 should be able to do it in 10 seconds or less.”
Score! I can do that in well under 10 seconds. It then goes on to list a few things you can do to help:
- Do 150 minutes of cardio every week
- Add strength training
- Keep your balance
- Stay flexible
Well – I’ve got the cardio down no problem – but I don’t lift weights, I have poor balance (proven by my many falls) and I can barely touch my toes. Check out the link above to find out what the rest of the KEYS are.
Grandmas – I’ve got some work to do. How about you?