One day I was talking to a group of people about incorporating more physical activity into their daily routine. Moving more is so key to optimal health. This can be of particular importance the older we get. So, as I was talking to this group of people, I provided some tips on different low-impact yet effective exercises they could do, like knee bends, yoga, leg lifts, just to name a few.
During this conversation, one lady asked about alternatives for someone older who can’t get down on the floor. I immediately was thinking how nice it was that the woman was looking for ideas for an aging parent. So, I offered up some good chair exercises. I even shared with her a website, Chair Exercises for Seniors. That’s when she, after clearly showing how offended she was, indicated she was asking for herself and not for a senior. I had to catch myself from judging her. She is 4 years younger than me, yet she was seemingly intimidated by a little physical activity. So, although I’m not officially a personal trainer, I gave her a little inspiration like a physical trainer might do. I told her my age and showed her my journal of the different exercises I do each week via the MyFitnessPal app. She seemed shocked.
What’s the point of it all? Don’t let age stop you. Only let the limitations of your abilities stop you. She made a presumption that because she had reached a certain age that she wasn’t able to be as agile or able to complete as many of the same exercises as younger folk can. I might have thought that too, except for the fact that I often see many seniors at the gym running circles around others half their age — by leaps and bounds. Age ‘aint nothing but a number.