One day I asked a friend if she’d like to live as long as George Burns. For those of you too young to remember him, he was a well-known comedian years ago who also played God in a couple of movies back in the seventies. God must have enjoyed his performances, because old George lived to be 100. He actually worked until he was in his mid-nineties! George also believed in having a good attitude about aging. He was credited with saying: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”
My friend didn’t seem too keen on the idea of becoming a centenarian. She responded: “No, I don’t want to live to be 100. Can you imagine what I would look like if I was 100? Nobody would be my friend (mostly because they would all be dead). I would be lonely walking around my house with my walker, running into the wall and falling down. Do you know how hard it is for a person who is 100 to get up when they fall down??? I might lie there until I was 101!” (OK, I get the picture)Continue reading →
My first foray into aerobic exercise involved attempting clumsy grapevines and half-assed jumping jacks with the fitness queen herself, Jane Fonda. My right foot had a field day, trying to figure out what my left food was doing. Luckily, I exercised in front of my television set, and my family made themselves scarce at those times. I could aerobicize my way to my target heart rate with no audience.
5 Ways to take positive action for your health’s sake
Make physical activity a part of your life. Have you ever heard of NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis)?NEAT is simply all the things you do that burn calories throughout your day: pace, fidget, lift and carry, stand, stretch, take a walk on your lunch break, climb stairs . . .believe it or not, simple movement can make a difference in our health.