I am in my mid-forties, but the majority of my adult life I have spent working with senior citizens. I love a story, and everyone has one. Some stories are sad, some are exciting, and some are inspirational, the longer you have lived of course, the more stories you have. Being the old soul that I am, I think inspirational is the word that sticks most in my mind when I think about these people that I have spent time with in the last quarter century…
One of the phrases that keeps popping out of my mouth lately is “If you don’t use it, you lose it”, is this inspirational? Of course not. Is this a deep and soulful phrase? Not at all. Is this true? Well, the answer to that is a very loud and emphatic YES! As much as I love finding quotes that inspire me, it surprises me that this is the one that seems to keep coming back to me, so simple, so blunt, so dare I say it…uncouth.
Why is this hitting me so hard right now? Because I am at the point in my life where I am becoming the caretaker, not of my own children, but of my elders. The people who have shown me what being an adult was, who counseled me on life decisions and scolded me on the bad ones are now being counseled, nursed and scolded by me. This is a difficult and sometimes rocky situation to be in. Since I am in the business now of health and wellness, helping people purchase and understand this equipment that helps improve the symptoms of a myriad of ailments, I talk to people across the board ranging from younger people in very poor health to very elderly people whom are healthier than most sixty year olds. The majority being in the latter category. Why is this? Well, because these people are very health conscious and are doing everything they can to stay vibrant and healthy. Yes, it is quite often I will get a phone call from someone who, let’s use this example , says he is 92 years old and rides his stationary bike 5 miles daily as well as does aqua size at the gym. Yes, this is what I am talking about when I say inspirational. Is this the norm? Of course not, I am sure that I hear those stories more than the average person just because of the business that I am in, which in turn makes it all the more difficult for me to deal with the people that I love not living life to their fullest ability. This is why that phrase “If you don’t use it, you lose it” keeps flowing out of my mouth like a broken faucet.
I am determined, I am going to take care of myself now! I am going to enjoy life and even indulge in a guilty pleasure occasionally, but I am going to continue creating healthy habits! I am going to try to tame the control freak in me while still encouraging those I love to also create those same healthy habits. I am going to try to teach those old dogs’ new tricks and make it enjoyable for all of us, and I am going to promote positive, healthy life skills in those who are just learning what being an adult is all about.
I want the same for all of the people in my life that I want for my own future. I want to enjoy my senior status, I want to be healthy in both mind and body, I want to donate my time and skill in helping others. I want to enjoy an active social life.
I exercise, knowing that even if I am facing a condition where I can’t enjoy an active aerobic exercise I can still continue using the Exerciser Elite® Passive Exerciser (yes, I do use it in conjunction with the exercise at this time). By using the Exerciser, I will continue to increase my circulation and likely prevent or improve symptoms of lymphedema. I can continue to pamper myself with the Kneading Fingers Neck & Back Massager, of course massage feels wonderful, but it also helps improve range of motion, promotes sinus drainage and can help alleviate pain caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia.
I educate myself on the food that I consume and enjoy learning new ways to prepare wonderful and healthy food! I enjoy social gatherings where food and drink are the focus, but I continue to make good choices with only the occasional indulgence.
Keeping my mind sharp is always going to be a concern of mine, as Alzheimer’s is very prevalent in both sides of my family. Even now while working, and busy with home and family I still and will continue to read, write and enjoy hobbies such as sewing, cooking, and home decorating projects as well as trying to fit in the daily Sudoku puzzle!
Keeping an active social life is not hard to do at this age! With a husband, teenager, young adults, senior adults and animals to keep up with, it’s more of a question of finding time to relax! But as my life evolves and my spare time becomes more prevalent, I will join more clubs and organizations and donate my time where it’s needed. I look forward to this time! Grandbabies, a beautiful garden, travel! Bring it on! I have only this one life and I am going to live it to the fullest!
Come on now, if you are feeling down, overweight, uninspired and unprepared. Just take some baby steps. Try the Exerciser Elite®, start slow and then work up to using it a couple times a day. Enjoy the increased energy and notice how all of the other areas of your life start to improve from then on. Join me on this path of wellness, let’s all USE IT & not LOSE IT!