Beginning a fitness program opens doors to new
adventures, new friendships, and a sense of
When asked about his dancing, the actor, Fred
Astaire once said, "I just put my feet in the
air and move them around." To have seen Astaire
in motion, his dancing seemed as effortless as it
was elegant. Those of us not blessed with his grace
and athleticism could only watch in amazement.
Life is not an equal playing field. Some people
are born with exceptional speed and grace, while
others struggle to keep up. As we age, our agility
fades, making it more difficult to participate in
the sports we once did.
Those of us who believe that winning is the
be-all and end-all of athletic endeavor are bound
for disappointment. The fact is that physical
activity brings far greater awards to those who are
willing to accept their personal limitations and
work within them. Ask the man who begins each day
with a simple walk: he will most likely say that his
day would not be complete without it.
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The human body craves motion, just as it craves
sunlight, water and food. Movement is inherent to
the creative process and problem solving, along with
physical and spiritual well-being. Although older
adults can't engage in the vigorous exercise their
younger counterparts do, there is a world of
activity open to those willing to take on the
Sedentary adults should begin with a visit to the
doctor. A simple checkup will determine if any
medical conditions preclude engaging in moderate
Given the green light, begin an exercise program
slowly. Take the opportunity to explore a new
activity. Water aerobics, Tai Chi, Yoga, dance,
swimming, walking and circuit training are all
low-impact sports that increase fitness with minimal
stress on the joints.
Join a fitness club, the local YMCA or find a
group to be active with. Fitness classes can open
the door to new friendships. You may be surprised to
find that a neighbor shares your interest in
ballroom dancing, cycling or hiking.
Physical activity isn't limited to the health
club. It can include gardening, shopping, cleaning
or golf. Any activity that uses muscles increases
strength and improves the body's overall health.
People who walk four-to seven days per week
reduce their risk of disability, and suffer fewer
functional impairments. Studies show that physical
activity can also reduce the risk of certain
"Life delights in life," said the poet,
William Blake. And nothing is more inherent to life
than being in motion.
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