Friday, 5 April 2013

A-Z Challenge of Being Fabulous and Fit After 50, E is for Energy and Exercise.

Wouldn't it be great if we could purchase some extra energy for our bodies online? Just log on to www.moreenergyplease.com and buy a few extra hours of energy to get us through a busy day.
Although we all still feel like thirty five or even younger in our head the days when we could clean the house from top to bottom and then do some gardening, head off to the pub and come home in the wee hours of the morning are in the distant past. The thought of staying up past my usual bedtime fills me with dread and heaven help me if I had to get up in the middle of the night to attend to a baby,no, no, I don't miss that at all.

All is not lost, there are things we can do to make our bodies work efficiently and produce more energy.
 Eat our five a day of fruit and vegetables, find out what vitamin supplements our body needs and do some exercise.

Exercise is something I find hard to take part in, I would rather read a book or write. I know if you make the effort and once you are over the pain of not being able to walk the following day you will experience great benefits from exercise. Over the years i have accumulated more keep fit videos than the local video store, some have only been viewed once.
I had to have the latest  Wii Fit with the step board and all the exercises you could dream of. I thought it would be so good,exercising while having fun, and it was for about a week, then got  fed up with the voice telling me to work harder or my yoga position wasn't quite right that I amused myself by finding ways to trick the Wii into thinking I was supple and could do all those poses, yes, it can be done.
 So I'm going to blow the dust from my gym membership and walk that treadmill and have a swim twice a week, and in between I'll get the Wii back out again. Who's joining me?



The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
Tony Robbins
 

22 comments:

  1. I don't understand why 'exercise' can be so boring, and yet 'walking' is invigorating.


    Give me a gym membership and I might throw it back at you. Give me a hill to climb ... see you at the top. (or maybe halfway up, these day!)

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  2. Like you Anne, I collect keep fit DVDs and everything else, Wii Fit, Zumba, you name it, but I do actually love exercise, I just need the motivation. Once I start I find it quite addictive, so then there's no stopping me. The cold weather makes it more difficult though, so perhaps when the sun shines I will be joining you in the battle to keep fit : ))

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  3. Oh I started to laugh at this... heaven help I don't know why... it sounds a lot like me... Think I will go back to D I won't feel so guilty.... haha

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  4. I'm hopeless at exercising. The most important sentence for me was when you asked if we're joining you. If I had a friend who also wanted to go to fitness classes then I know I'd stick at it for longer. I too have exercise videos and the full Wii set including step board. I also have discovered that if you sit down and wave the handset in the correct direction you can get quite a good score! I know, I know. I'm only cheating myself. So if anyone is reading this who lives around Leicester, please take me to a fitness class and make sure I don't give up!
    (I've just had a look at the other commenters and see that we're not the only ones)


    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

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  5. Great theme for the A to Z! My new favorite thing is yoga - it gives me peace AND energy!

    Jess / Blogging on the Brink

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  6. I. Hate. Exercise. Everyone's all, 'oh but you'll get addicted to it' and 'but don't you feel great when you are done?' I'm like, 'no and NO'. I feel awful when I'm done. In pain. I can't even get up and walk, and this is after I'd been going to the gym regularly for months! I'd work out 30-40 minutes, 3-5 days a week, and then come home & sit down, and when I would get up to walk to the bathroom, bedroom, etc., I'd have a hard time getting going with terrible pain in my legs and back. It was a chore I hated. I did it but I hated it. The only thing I will do is walk. What gives me energy is coffee, doing crafts, shooting photos, etc. lol

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  7. Oh, how I'd love to be fitter. It's my own fault: sitting writing, sitting in class at uni, sitting watching TV/playing games. The only times I'm VERY active are when I'm on nursing placement (I'm a student nurse) and my feet don't touch the ground!


    Trouble is, I'm knackered by then so come home and sit.


    I keep telling myself that I'll do something 'when I'm older'...but I'm 42, so time is ticking!

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  8. Anne, I can't be bothered with Gym. It's too 'planned' for me, but I love walking and running - although at the moment it's still to cold for the latter. Next week. I know. I keep saying that but it really is too cold. In the same way, I nearly always cycle to work, but have stopped since it got so cold, so I guess you could say I'm fair weather fit :-) I cannot bear to be inside all day, though, so walking is it at the moment. Still, after reading this post my bike's coming out next week - definitely :-)

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  9. When they bottle energy and it isn't something I could get arrested for I'll be the first on on the line to buy it. I hate exercise. I purchased a treadmill on Craigslist and I doubt I've been on it twice. I'm horrible at fitness. I'll sweat in the garden but I can't seem to get my rear on that treadmill.


    I find that having a house full of company is when i really feel my body running down. I used to have boundless energy. Now I find myself cutting corners, doing cooking in advance, not cooking from scratch or taking shortcuts because I just don't have the kind of energy I used to. And I still want to be able to enjoy my family when they come to stay.
    And nights out at the pub, yikes. If i drink to much or miss to much sleep I'm a goner!! When i was younger it wasn't the case at all. I think loss of energy is just to a point something we must accept, but only to a point.

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  10. it's the old paradox - exercise hurts but not doing it hurts more!!! And as we age, the doing it becomes essential. BH, who has Type 2 Diabetes, tries to get a walk in every day (with hills, he tells me) . I try to walk too, but with the cold, snowy weather, it's easier to give up. Oh dear. Gym is out - can't afford it, and I like breathing fresh air...but you go girl!!!

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  11. I'm a fool to myself, I have a treadmill and when I use it, most of the time I feel much better for it, but the thought of getting on it fills me with dread!
    I would love to purchase a little bit of energy! My GP has put me on high strength vitamin B to help with fatigue...as yet it's not working!

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  12. I a,ways said I wouldn't be like my mother in law and be in the kitchen cooking all the time when family visited but it's kinda hard when family walk in and ask for food,coffee ,tea etc.. If I have a night out Im always so tired the next day, but body clock always wakes me up early.

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  13. The only running I do is chasing granddaughter about the garden and since she's only 20 mths she can't run very fast. I've never had a bike,tried to ride one in my thirties with the children but I couldn't stop it and kept falling off. It's great you run and cycle you're much fitter than me.

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  14. I think you will get enough exercise as a student nurse, you must need a lot of stamina for that job. Good luck with rest of course.

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  15. Lol! JoJo, you sound like me!

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  16. It's good to choose something you enjoy.

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  17. Yes that's how I cheat too. I have a friend who's started going to the gym but she goes to early for me. I don't drive so bad weather also puts me off going and I've a hill to walk up to get the bus and by the time I've done that I've depleted my exercise limit for the day.

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  18. Ha ha! This is where you wish you were an exercise fanatic when you were young and it wouldn't be so hard now.

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  19. Funny,I've never found it addictive Amanda,at least not in the same way chocolate is.

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  20. Yeah! You managed to comment,lovely to see you here. I wish I had as much energy as when I used to moan I had none.

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  21. I don't walking if it's in the countryside.I tried to go for a walk everyday but there's no place to walk to here.We have what's called a country walkway and it's okay but I wouldn't walk it alone.

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  22. Great reminders that we need to take care of ourselves. I have been gardening lately. I am stiff and sore. Good luck! Maybe you can follow my blogs? :-)

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