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August 16, 2011 / lindakcampos

Just keep moving…

I’ve been noticing the elderly people around me and what stands out is the activity levels of those in their 60’s and 70s compared to their quality of life (as I see it , of course). I’m certain this is probably not news to many, but it is worth noting. Those who are movers, meaning they have daily activity that keeps them busy and they have regular activities that keep their bodies (muscles) in use, are living longer and seemingly happier lives. They are able to do things that they want to do and don’t have the difficulties that out-of-shape folks have. Older people who are not as active seem to have many more aches and pains, complaints, and difficulties doing simple things like standing from a seated position. Recently, I was laid up for a week following an outpatient surgery. I ordered the Here’s Lucy dvd’s, season 1-3 and watched almost all of them during that week. I noticed that Lucy (who was in her 60s when she made that show) was still quite active. She did all of her own zany stunts, she could run, jump up and down, crawl around, climb, and did most of these things in every episode. Lucy was a mover and she was in her late 70s when she passed away. Pete Egoscue who established e-cises and wrote books about them to help people live pain free lives, says that we were created to move. Everything we’re made of, muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, organs, all benefit from daily movement. If you don’t believe me watch a toddler…try to get a young child to sit still once they learn how to walk and run. We all need to be more like them.

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