1. “Aging” is not a four-letter word.
Everything ages in this world. We do, you do, the dog does. So does Aunt Millie’s cat and the whole grand universe to boot. Itʼs a fact. Some of us may foolishly try to deny it. And, if weʼre thinking that aging doesnʼt apply to us, weʼre already six feet under, starting to feel more than a little chilly and neednʼt read any further.
No one said it would be easy. Successful aging happens when we decide to be intentional stake-holders in our own aging process.
2. Our personal history all adds up.
We’re all living, breathing, organic creatures and the product of our own long life story; child bearing and rearing, sports injuries, posture patterns, a bunion (no kidding), eye strain, sitting at the computer, chronic stress, depression. Of course, our positive experiences weigh in, too. The events of our lives predict our “wearing-out” patterns, as well as our resiliency.
Recognizing, understanding and developing sensitivity to the influential power of life’s past events on our present circumstances and behaviors can lead to mastery of our life and unfolding of deeper personal wisdom.
3. How well we are able to move today predicts our future independence.
We’re subject to mechanical stresses over our lifetime from muscle imbalances, injuries, surgeries and other factors. All of these factors take their toll to create “wearing-out” patterns and pain. Pain makes us stop moving, creates more inefficiency, more pain, then decline and dependence.
Our body is designed to move. In fact, that’s what helps keep all the other physiological systems working well, including the brain.
With attention to developing safe and sound methods to keep the body moving properly i.e., moving better to live better, the body keep us going for a really long time.
4. There’s always more to learn and develop.
We believe that exercise programs should be about developing and fine-tuning movement skills from a sense of internal body awareness and intention. It’s a process that always requires tuning in and continuous learning about ourselves.
Otherwise, we’re often just exercising and reinforcing our worst movement habits.
Being informed, sensitizing a sense of body awareness and practicing natural movements are the ways to develop the internal tools that will help prevent injuries and keep our bodies working their best out there in the real world.
5. We often care for others more than for ourselves.
Most of us have been caregivers throughout our adult lives. Some have already survived yo-yoing pubescent hormones and the peeve of teenage purple-hair fads, wedding planning and the welcoming of beautiful, new grand babies.
We’ve worked hard to earn a living and have jobs where we take care of business in that other obligatory sphere of the world, too.
Once we dare to think that time may soon be our own, roles often flip and we’re back taking care of loved ones; those who before cared so well for us.
All these years it’s been so easy to put our own care on the back burner. There was and always will be something more to do for someone else. The trick is to carve out more time to take care of ourselves and pay attention before it’s too late.