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If It's Tuesday It Must Be Time to Talk About Wellness

Two weeks ago, I (rather boldly) declared that I was going to explore various dimensions of wellness on Tuesdays this year here on the blog.  (As you may remember, I had an epiphany last month that in order for me to "live my best life," I needed to focus on wellness - in an holistic sense.)

So.

It's Tuesday.

And I'm here to begin my deeper-dive into one of the six dimensions of wellness as described by the National Wellness Institute.

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(This photo has absolutely nothing to do with this blog post, but I decided to include it because it was such a lovely surprise to see this swan on my walk with the dogs yesterday.)  (And, yes.  Spring in Michigan is very brown.)  (But at least it's not snowy.)

I've decided to begin my exploration into wellness with . . . the physical dimension.

Why?

Well.  Because that's the dimension I think I'm doing best in (of the six) -- although there is always much to learn.  And, hearing from you, it's a dimension of wellness that many of you struggle with.  So I thought it would be a good place to begin.

According to the descriptions from the National Wellness Institute, the Physical dimension of wellness includes the following elements:

  • regular physical exercise
  • proper diet and nutrition
  • discouraging tobacco and drug use, and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption
  • following safety precautions, practicing medical self-care, and using medical systems appropriately

Further, they provide two basic tenets of physical wellness:

  1. It's better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than impair it.
  2. It's better to be physically fit than out of shape.

Further, I would argue that physical wellness is even more important as we age!  If you've spent any amount of time caring for an aging parent or relative, you're already aware of how quickly our physical bodies degrade with age.  It's a fight against gravity from here on out, folks!  My thoughts?  We should do whatever we can to stay as active and independent as we can for as long as we can.  And physical wellness plays a huge role in doing just that!

I totally get that it's hard to focus on fitness . . . when you've never really focused on fitness.  We're fighting all kinds of barriers when it comes to physical fitness:  Discomfort.  Boredom.  Inertia.  Time.  Money.  Procrastination.  

It's just . . . so hard . . . to make fitness a priority.  (The New York Times reported recently that 1 in 4 adults over age 50 are essentially sedentary -- meaning they only move for "essential daily activities.")  (That's not good.)

I'm here to encourage you to make a change.  To make physical wellness a priority.  (For Future-You if for no other reason.)

It's never too late to begin working on our fitness.  In fact, becoming more physically fit in our 50s/60s/70s will help us stave off chronic illness and overcome injuries quicker in our later years.  Improving our core strength, balance, and flexibility NOW will help us prevent falls, pick ourselves up if we do fall, and keep us moving long into our older years.

I'll admit it.  I'm sort of a fitness zealot to begin with.  (I think Future-Kym will appreciate all the time I spend at the gym.)  But that's what zealots do -- they spread the gospel.  So over the next few weeks, I'm going to try to make a case for upping your physical wellness game along with me.  

Don't worry.  I won't try to convince you to join a gym or start jogging or anything.  But I will share information and tips with you.  I'll describe what I'm doing to continue to challenge myself with fitness goals as I age.  And I'll be your biggest cheerleader if you decide to become more fitness-minded.

Let's all start living our best lives . . . by feeling good!

(Stay tuned.)

 

 

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Vera

I'm ready! Thinking I need to read this post, so thank you. I did start working out again (at home - that's where I work out best, alone, no distractions) - doing light weights for arm exercises, doing crunches and some yoga moves. I need/want to get back to regular yoga classes...finding a new studio, etc. I think that will happen in late May probably. Looking forward to hearing more from you Kym!

Patty

As you know I am in the fitness camp with you and pretty committed. That said...my diet could use an uptick for sure. In my case it's pure laziness...salads can be so hard to make! (LOL) This is a great post! xoxo

Vicki

Staying tuned. I'm one of the strugglers!!

Bonny

After caring for my father and MiL, I am convinced that I want to compress my morbidity, and a huge part of that is physical fitness. I try to walk every day, but I've learned there is so much more to fitness than just aerobic exercise. Looking forward to future wellness posts!

Carole

Sigh. I know you're right but every damn time I start a fitness routine I wind up giving up on it. I'm not sure how to kick start myself into doing something. I know in my head that I should but when push comes to shove . . . I just don't.

Kat

You are so right - it is never too late to begin! And, even small things make a big impact on how you feel! Diabetes is a huge risk factor for much of America - myself included - and it is amazing what just a little weight loss and moving your body will do to lower or eliminate your risk!

Susan Lemire

I'm willing to listen and learn, and I'm hoping for some practical tips I can put to use. I had some periods of fairly regular activity in my 50's and early 60's but I've become increasingly sedentary over the last couple of years. I've got to pick up the pace before it's too late.

Sarah

You have the right attitude and I am grateful that you are sharing it! I've been trying to be more physically active the past several years. I suppose I'm lucky that I walk to work, so I have some force physical activity every day. But I also try to get up and move as much as possible (I have a desk job).

margene

My advise...get a dog! lol I have lost weight because Mylo and I are out (no matter the weather) walking at least 1/2 a mile 5-6 times a day. My doctor is impressed. I find I love being out in all types of weather (who knew?) as it keeps me in touch with the seasons of the year. As a nearly 70 year old I have watched myself deteriorate over each decade and I am a fairly active person. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I were sedentary. I'm with Patty. I just can't quite figure out how the diet thing. I am too lazy to fix a proper lunch and usually snack instead. I'll be watching to see what you have to say about fitness as well as your upcoming encouragements.

Mary

Getting a dog is VERY good advice for encouraging activity! I've always been physically active, and adding breakfast to my routine this year has been a huge help with eating better. Preach on!!

Honore´

Great invitation to be one's own best friend and advocate! The encouragement from several re: getting a dog had me smiling. Do you remember the dog walking leashes, sans the dog, that were popular in 70s-80s? I often think they'd be great to have around these days...I find that my walks always yield the most interesting observations.
Cheers~

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