Did you know that as we age, many things begin to change? Probably more than you realize.
I had a conversation with a client the other day about an injury she had experienced before we started working together and of course, I said to her you gotta keep moving no matter what or you’ll lose what you got.
I know you’ve heard the expression “If you don’t use it you lose it.” It’s true. Literally every part of you will stop working if you don’t use it. That expression Is so over used, however, that people either take it for granted or don’t really believe it.
Let me give you three reasons why you should take it seriously.
Many people have experienced knee, shoulder, back and hip injuries and because they sat with the injury that body part froze up and/or stopped working.
When you do nothing, nothing will happen and things will never get better. Yes you have to mend the injury but you can’t sit with it forever and not continue with flexibility and resistance training or you will atrophy and lose mobility and losing mobility means losing independence.
Independence is a big issue with increasing age. So, flexibility and resistance exercises are essential.
Some of the less talked about things that will stop working if you don’t use it is your voice box. That’s right your voice will leave you if you stop using it or don’t use it enough. As people age they often go down that road. Trust me, I know people who have experienced this. Specifically, I reconnected with a woman at a high school reunion and asked her why her voice was like it was – it was scratchy and it came and went when she spoke. She told me her doctor said her voice box was going out. The homework he gave her was simple – talk more.
It’s essential that we stay connected with people and have healthy and stimulating conversations. You don’t want to lose your natural form of communication when it can easily be avoided. Put together a tribe of supportive people that you can regularly talk to and share things with so you can stay healthy in mind, voice and spirit. 🙂
Also not often talked about is the fact that your libido can suffer too. Holy crap. What! Yes! Not to worry though. Your sex drive and everything I’ve mentioned doesn’t have to go downhill when age goes uphill.
With daily exercise, a woman or man can boost their sex drive by an impressive 169%. Hmmm…maybe that’s why I can’t stop moving and don’t want to. On the other hand, it is great motivation to stay active. LOL.
The bottom line is we all want good health and a great quality of life. We all want to feel good and remain independent for as long as we live and therefore we’ve got to stay in motion and stay connected. I think the sacrifice and trade off is worth it.
If we stay active, we get to be sexy, healthy, and happy all at the same time. How cool is that?
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