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December 06, 2011

Shake Your Booty

My mom is turning 90 in January.  Last winter she fell, broke a few bones, and ended up needing a pace maker. She had four hard months of recovery where she couldn't do much. Having been an active woman, this was a big change for her, and there were a few times when I wondered if she was going to be able to snap back. It turns out that she did and is feeling great. I credit this to her being able to exercise again- she is doing Tai Chi and going to Silver Sneakers exercise classes.

Exercise is so important. No one is ever too old to start.

I have this theory that part of the reason people like to smoke is that they love taking a deep breath, which we can get many times over, and much more healthfully, of course, with exercise.

A good friend of mine, who is a therapist, says that the first thing she asks people when they come to her for anxiety and/or depression is if they are exercising.

When we need to heal something in our lives, exercise is the first place to start.

Being fit makes everything in life run more smoothly.

I can't say it enough.

Yesterday Jane Fonda was on the The Today Show. She is now 73, has had a hip and knee replacement, and is out with two new exercise videos for seniors. She had some interesting things to say. She said that exercise is the number one ingredient for successful aging. Having had an eating disorder, she says that people can really get over food addictions. I can attest to this. She explained that she finally decided if she was going to live or die, and to go towards the light. Three times married, she also said that it's hard to find someone who isn't afraid to really show up, be intimate, and be fully present in a relationship, but that in her 70s, she has finally found him :-)

More on exercise in my post Never, Ever Stop Moving.


Yoga photo by Meepoohfoto.

Swimmer photo by Africa.

2 comments:

  1. This is too funny, as I was reading this I thought I should mention I saw Jane Fonda yesterday on the Today Show talking about exercise being the number one ingredient...of course, you beat me to it! Loved that interview and that very true observation. As I tell my clients, it doesn't have to be a BIG all out exercise, movement of any kind is beneficial. I remind my 84 year old mother to walk the halls with her walker, lift her legs while sitting in her chair, move her arms...all of it builds strength physically, psychologically and emotionally.

    Thank you for my mention in this post, Louise...this is something we've ALWAYS agreed on! Keep movin' sista! p.s. love the swimming photo and that suit!

    And now I must head to the shower...I had so much FUN at the gym this morning!

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  2. It's true! Exercise does build strength physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

    I hope I am shaking it with you well into old age :-)

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