I’ve always exercised; I was on swim club when I was 7, I went jogging in my plimsoles at 10 (yes, I am dating myself!!), I even spent a month’s pocket money on Jane Fonda’s workout at age 13. My body likes to be active. When I moved to America, in 1988, I started going to the gym and have been a semi-regular weight-lifter ever since.
In more recent years I have found the functional training (like TRX) to be the most interesting and well, functional!!
When we were planning our move I looked up the most important elements of my new life – first, the library, second, the gym options. We found and joined the library the first weekend we lived here but we’ve been so busy I have not had time to check out the local gyms.
And after today, I am wondering if I should even bother.
There are several key elements to staying healthy as we age, and we all know them. Whether we choose to adhere to them or not, is a completely different matter. Every list contains most or all of the following ‘health commandments’:
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco in any form, regardless of how drunk you are (See #3 for more on that).
- Sleep 7-8 hours every night.
- Limit your alcohol intake to 3-5 servings per week, and don’t binge drink (Please, I’m Irish, I can handle my drink!!)
- Eat way more vegetables in a day than you ever thought possible to eat in a week!!
- Eat food in as natural a state as possible (those veggie stix I love are most definitely not a veggie 🙁
- Drink buckets and buckets of water. Seriously, your urine is supposed to be almost colorless.
- Move your body … a lot … as often as possible … the way we were designed
- Build muscle mass by using your muscles.
- Get outside, in nature, as much as you possibly can, and wear sunscreen while you’re out there.
- Lots of other things are really good for you; do them. Meditation, sex, yoga, Tai Chi, gratitude-journaling etc…
I do several of these very well!!
Today I hauled fertilizer (aka horse-shit) and grass clippings to cover the bed near our driveway. I walked over 3 miles, carrying anything between 5 & 30lbs. I was sweating like the proverbial pig and boy, was my body using lots of its muscles. Talk about functional training!!
I know I spend too much time sitting (at the computer, with a book, watching TV) and the older I get the more I creak. The funny thing is, that since we moved to the farm I have been achy but it’s usually because I have been doing something physical.
Today will be no different. I am sure I will feel the work all over tomorrow. But I enjoyed myself this morning, the results are immediately fantastic and I did something that had meaning for us. (Said no one after a gym workout, ever!)
I guess my point is that the more we move, the better we’ll feel, the better we’ll age and the more we’ll enjoy our lives. If you don’t like the gym, find other ways to get the muscle building exercises you need. You can always come visit and I’ll put you to work!!