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Just Keep Moving

Updated: Jan 9, 2022

I started practicing Aegean Fitness in my 20s. Now I'm in my 50s. I am a little older, a little slower, a little more stiff, and have a bit more pain in my joints. Sometimes I want to quit moving. That's a bad idea.

When I was sick with Covid several months ago I stayed inside and did not exercise. Walking across the room made me tired. Not moving for 10 days made me feel weak and stiff. I had to start moving again. I started with short walks and stretching. I walked a little longer and and little faster each day. I slowly added sprints, stretches, and swimming.

Dory gave Nemo's dad some great advice, "Just keep swimming." That's what I try to do. Even when I don't feel like it or when I'm busy. Here are some moving tips for older bodies like mine:

  • Move until you breathe hard. (For example, walk up stairs, run sprints, swim, jump rope, or skip.) That's what I mean by move.

  • Move every day. (A few minutes is better than nothing.)

  • Avoid excuses. (For example, "I'm too tired," or "I don't have time.")

  • Move. Rest. Slowly and carefully stretch. Breathe deep. Repeat.

  • Listen to your body. Slow down or stop if you feel pain.

  • Hydrate while moving. And when you finish.

  • Stretch after moving.

  • Eat well after moving (such as fresh vegetables, fruits, protein, vitamins).

  • Rest after moving. (To help you recover and motivate you to move again tomorrow.)

  • Sleep well.

  • Move again tomorrow.


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