This week I had the pleasure of observing scores of people of all ages and body types at a school event enjoying and learning about various innovative and educational projects designed by kids. I believe there were approximately 400 persons there from age four to seventy plus years.
If I critique them I saw skinny girls and boys, skinny teens and tweeners and skinny adults. There were average size healthy looking people, husky people, fat people and obese people. Tall, short and normal height people all of them enjoying and contributing their knowledge to address World problems. My concern is never with expanding minds. It's with the ever expanding waistlines and minimal physicality along with the overall decreased muscle mass our population has today.
As we age we see how our physicality affects lives in dramatic ways. Just standing still for 10 seconds is a piece of cake when we're fifty but may not even be possible when we're eighty. Let's talk about getting out of a chair simply to reach THAT standing position. Do an experiment with me? Time yourself to go from a seated position to standing and back to seated, standing again then sit continuing for a total of ten repetitions as fast as you can. You remember about repetitions right? Post your time in your comment if you will and also describe your current activity level using None, Some or Done. It's a subjective test that may open your eyes to the benefits of exercising regularly.
You do not have to be training for a marathon or configuring the perfect weight room circuit to derive lifelong benefits. In fact a quite moderate workout of just 14.4 minutes or 1% of your day can give you the mobility you crave well into your 80's and 90's. Whatever activity is your passion when it's done regularly whether 3, 4 or 5 times a week will offer cumulative positive effects for your all around well being. We're talking about basic movement such as walking, swimming and rowing here.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Of all the great things we hear, read and have seen about Benjamin Franklin did you know he lifted weights throughout his life and was an accomplished swimmer and an aspiring swim instructor. Good enough in fact to be posthumously inducted into The International Swimming Hall of Fame! Talk about putting a lot of life into your years, he reached into his 85th quite well for the 1700's!
About Ben, I usually have to ask myself, "What didn't he do?"