Which reminded me of something I have been meaning to write about. I just finished Jane Fonda's Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit, Making the Most of All of Your Life right before Thanksgiving (and it is on my voting list for the year's best). This is from page 85:
In Women Coming of Age, I included a photo of a woman in her eighties jogging with her daughter. I was utterly confident that that's how I would be when I got to that age. Well, I'm ten years younger than she was, and I haven't been able to jog for nearly a decade! My replaced hip and knee won't let me. But I've found that that's okay, just so long as I do something. It would have been easy to stop exercising after my hip surgery, or because my knees sometimes hurt due to osteoarthritis. For a while I felt sure I'd never be able to do anything close to what I had done before. But when, mostly for vanity reasons, I started up again, I soon discovered that moving, walking, swimming, lifting light weights, and stretching made my muscles and joints feel much better. It was when I was inactive that the arthritis got worse -- and so did my mood.
So if you read Jane Fonda's book, you were ahead of the curve. I really did enjoy this book. I am active in that I walk. I do an hour a day. Early in the morning except if there is ice on the ground. (Which leaves out many winter days.) But reading the book made me want to increase (and actually increase) my physical activity. There are so many benefits. I knew about the cardio benefits and about it increasing bone density -- which women like me need to worry about due to osteoporosis. I did not know how much it helped reduce the risk of alzheimers.
That is when I went out and got the Fonda WalkOut video. Now I have no excuse for not walking because there is ice on the ground outside.
There were so many wonderful and illuminating sections of the book.
I watch my young grandson Eli as most of you know. That is now before school and after school because you blink and they are older, you blink again and they another year older. (Seriously, it seems like just yesterday we were moving from diapers to pull ups.) And I especially enjoyed the section of the book about how you need to be careful not to overdue.
I want to sum up that section because I think it will mean something to people my age especially.
Men often make a mistake of becoming inactive as they grow older because they can no longer do the sort of activity that they used to do. When you become inactive, you age a lot quicker. What is best is to find other forms and to accept that aging means you are not going to do everything the same.
That acceptance also means you learn not to overdue. As a grandmother with a basketball goal in the backyard, I read with especial interest about how you can hurt yourself by not preparing for activities. That is both warming up and doing regular exercise. If Eli (or any of my older grandchildren) wanted to shoot some baskets with Grandma, I would especially need to be properly stretched to avoid injuries. Someone who is inactive would especially be at risk of injury. We need to realize that we are older and we can still be active. But we are not teenagers.
I felt a lot better about myself after reading the book and that may be the strongest recommendation you can give a book.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: