We earn water bottles, sweat shirts, work-out shirts, and other incentives when we are in compliance.
We get emails throughout the month to encourage, inform, educate and remind. One email mentioned that exercising was “training for old age”.
The professor who sent this said that he felt the younger years were the time to keep in shape to enjoy your older years both physically and mentally.
One idea to keep your mind keen in your older years is to give your mind a good workout everyday. Elderly who do crossword puzzles, Sudoku, read, and other mind joggers keep their mind active and healthy.
Here are some quotes he sent in the email that I'm beginning to relate to!
I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a Hip replacement, new knees, fought diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts, have bouts with dementia, have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore, can't remember if I'm 89 or 98, have lost all my friends.
But, thank goodness, I still have my driver's license!
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
Reporter interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
"And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?' the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure."
It's the beginning of a new year! Here's to our health!