Today is the last day of this column on Beliefnet.com. After over 12 years of daily writings on Beliefnet, I’m moving on. I thank God for this wonderful experience. As far as I’ve been told, I’m the last original Beliefnet contributing editor and writer; everyone else is new. Now, however, I need to make some […]
I remember as a child visiting the “old folks,” my Great Aunt and Great Uncle, my Grandmother, even my parents, who I thought acted very old. I remember that they didn’t move very much. I’d be up and about, dancing around, little-kid-like. They’d be sitting all the time.
As the years went by, they sat and sat. When they did get up, it was a big deal: they’d strain and groan, proclaiming “aches and pains.” More years went by, and they kept sitting. My dad would complain about a stiff neck all the time. Mom said her knees and arthritis kept her in bed all the time.
Now that I’m a parent with adult kids, and me and my friends have reached the ages of my parents – I’m determined to NOT get all achy and stiff with pain. I’m up and moving. I’m not going to be “set in my ways” sedentary as I age!
I dance every day. That’s my thing. I just love to start each day, and end each day with 15-20 minutes of dancing. I’m not a particularly great dancer, but who cares? Not my wife who I love to dance and stretch with early each morning. Not my much older dance classmate ladies at the weekly “Dances For a Variable Population” group! Some of them are in their 80’s and limber and agile as can be.
I think the key to aging gracefully is movement. It’s vitally important to not sit in chairs or lay in bed all the time. Get up and move. Anything – dancing, yoga, walking, hiking, even some fun sports like badminton or tennis, racquetball or just throwing or kicking a ball with a friend.
What do YOU do to stay young-in-body and agile? What form of movement do YOU do every day? Please share your joy of movement in a comment below.