As we age, taking care of ourselves and staying fit becomes even more important. It is not only about maintaining your body but also about stimulating your brain.
A few weeks ago, I went to my doctor for my Annual Wellness Visit. In addition to the routine vital signs like blood pressure and weight (which is always too high), my doctor tests for other abnormalities. She checks my heart rate, my breathing, and my reflexes. Before we finish my exam, she always challenges me to prove my fitness by asking me to lie down flat on the exam table. She then asked me to try and sit up without using my arms or locking my legs. I think it surprises her when I pass the test with flying colors. One of these days she will win the challenge.
Getting a good report makes me grateful that I have been blessed with good health. Many people my age cannot make that claim. I am not a perfect physical specimen, not by any means, but I still can do most of the things I did as a younger man without assistance. I still play tennis, do my own yard work, ride a bike, and can hike for miles.
Still, in recent years I have started to curtail certain physical activities. I try to avoid climbing ladders, digging holes in the yard, or waxing the car. I have traded those manual labor activities for writing, reading, or other low-impact pastimes like taking a nap on the couch. No one has ever pulled a muscle turning the page of a novel or typing on a keyboard. Better to be safe than sorry.
I have a lot of other things to be grateful for. A wonderful family, a plethora of material possessions, and I can still string two sentences – that make sense – together with regularity.
Yes, there are days when I wake up and my back hurts, or my knees ache. Days when I wonder how I got here this quickly and how much longer it will last.
If someone tells me I look good for my age, I am not insulted. I take it as a compliment. I usually reply with, “Yes, and I can still put my pants on without sitting down.”
It’s true, so why not brag about it?
The plumbing may be a little rusty, the hair on my head may need a fresh coat of paint, and my body might need a bit of updating but I am still trying to be the best that I can be.
In real estate, it is called “curb appeal.” I am grateful to still have it.
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