As we close the month of May let's review some main ideas from this month's posts.
We are NEVER too old to learn something new. Our bodies may prevent us from doing some things, but sometimes we limit ourselves because we think about our age. Just because we are over 50, over 60, over 70, over 80, etc., doesn't mean we can't do things we enjoy. We just have to find a way to do them that works with our older bodies. For example, when I took the dance lessons, my arthritic knee didn't particularly like it. But I managed to move slower and more precisely and it all worked out fine. I danced as good as anyone else. It just took getting my brain to figure out a compromise for my knee.
Don't ever give up, just try something different, maybe move slower, maybe it's a matter of just exercising more to become more agile and limber. Sometimes we sit more as we age and atrophy sets in. By using those muscles and joints more (but using common sense, of course), we can actually reverse the condition and become more mobile.
Our brains are NEVER too old. There is nothing we can't learn with our brains. Learning to paint, pottery, cook gourmet meals, sew, quilt, knit, take a history course at the community college, take on-line surveys to earn extra cash (I will write about this in a future blog), anything! Our brains can learn anything, we just have to give it a try, not become discouraged if it takes longer than we think it should, and stay positive with confidence in yourself. The more you learn, the more confidence you will find.
Just do it. Try it. If you truly can't do something, at least you know you tried. Move on to something else and feel good about yourself for trying. A lot of folks won't even try and that's sad. Sometimes all it takes is trying to find out that you can do something.
Stepping class was a unique challenge for me. Most of the women in my class were my age or older. A few women were younger like my friend Diane. The point is, age doesn't matter. You show up, do what you can at your own pace, and enjoy yourself.
Going to Stepping class the first time was a bit scary. I didn't know what I was getting into. Yes, I was slower than most everyone, but no one cared. Everyone was just trying to keep up with the teacher and no matter what level a student was on, the fact is, they were moving and that is always a good thing for our health.
Protein is important for the human body at any age, but as we age we tend to get the wrong types of protein or not enough. There are may sources of good proteins. Most people think meat is the best or only place. That's not the only source of good protein, but if you like meat then the EPIC bars can be a good choice for a fast snack. Low calorie and high protein, perfect.
Protein helps to rebuild muscle and cells. Those two things start to deteriorate as we age. Getting added protein without the added calories is perfect, especially as we age. Most of us are trying to eat healthy without adding any extra pounds.
The health of your mind and your body is in your hands.
You have the most control. Choose wisely. Stay physically active.
Keep your mind learning. And get plenty of protein.
BE THE MASTER OF YOUR OWN LIFE!
Do you walk, dance, ride a bike, or get any exercise daily? Do you try to learn new things daily? Do you get plenty of good healthy protein in your diet daily? Do you mind your calories and keep your weight at a healthy number?