Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Aging well.

View from the top of the SLC Public Library.

One thing that became crystal clear to me over the weekend is how important it is to maintain physical health throughout all aspects of life. My grandma, who has had her share of health problems over the years, is clinging to the independence of living at home when it is obvious to everyone but her that it just isn't working.

Like many in her generation, traditional exercise such as going to the gym or riding a bike weren't as common as they are today. Having spent a few summers at my grandparent's house while growing up, I can't remember even one instance of my grandma going for a run or doing any sort of work out. And as I watched her struggle to get up and walk around with a significant amount of extra weight and weak muscles from lack of regular movement, I couldn't help but wonder if exercise in those earlier days would've resulted in better mobility for her today.

I know this is all very easy for me to say with the bones and energy level of a 34-year old, but I believe that so much of how we age is directly related to what we do in the earlier years of life. By exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining an appropriate weight, maybe many of the ailments associated with aging could be reduced or eliminated all together.

As for me, I intend to stay physically active and eat healthfully forever. And hopefully age well in the process.

View from the other side, City & County building.

1 comment:

  1. Very true. I don't exercise, I'm active and love hiking and snowboarding, but day to day I don't get anything more than the lugging and stair climbing of general life. I do worry about it, although less so than i did when i was at a desk much of the day. Your regime is always an inspiration!


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