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F*^# the Scales!: Simple Exercise Habits for Seniors

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“I’m not against being fit and healthy. I’m just more of a realist.” —Bernadette

Yes, we’ve all been there in our youth: Going-for-the-burn exercises, gym memberships that cost a fortune, 1980s fitness videos showing impossibly slim bodies tortured to the max! I’m not against being fit and healthy. I’m just more of a realist. I have curves and a toned body that I respect and want to keep healthy.

Keep it Simple

When I reached my 60th birthday, I bought a medium-priced pair of walking shoes and a well-known brand of shoe inserts to support my high arches. I’ve worn out several pairs since then. And I hope to wear out many more as I continue to be physically active. I add a pair of white cotton socks, cotton t-shirt, loose-fitting shorts with roomy pockets for my keys, a water bottle, and a wide-brimmed hat. Violá! My exercise ensemble is complete.

Build up Gradually

Then, I’m off on my 4-mile walk that I do 4 times a week. Start off slowly at first. Try 1/2-mile walks 2 or 3 times a weeks. Build up from there.

Another strategy that I use is to park a far distance from my destination (grocery store, visiting friends/family, etc.). Similarly, ditch the elevator and take the stairs. I now always take the stairs of to my apartment. As long as I’m physically able, I’ll avoid the elevator. These extra steps seem easy and pointless, but they do really make a difference.

F*^# the Scales!

I threw out my bathroom scale. I refuse to be a slave to the numbers. I get weighed during my annual doctor’s appointment, so I know I’m not dying or anything.

Summary

I realize that you’ve heard this advice before, but I feel it bears repeating. Sometimes we forget that simple is usually best, especially when it comes to keeping fit and healthy.

Or, you can find an old 1980s aerobic exercise video and torture the hell out of your body! I cringe in pain just thinking about it! Either way, let’s keep moving at every opportunity as long as we are able, being gentle and sensible.

     –Good luck, we’re all gonna need it!

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