There are changes that happen to our body as the years click by. We can’t dispute that. Some will try somewhat desperate measures to maintain their youth & vitality. And sadly, the results are often not what they hoped for.
Is Surgery the option?
Perhaps in some cases, but is it worth the cost? I was away last week, in a warmer city, and while sitting at an outdoor café noticed an elderly couple. I would guess their ages well into the 80’s. It was lovely seeing them walk arm in arm. She had difficulty walking so he tenderly helped her into a chair and went to get her a drink. She was clearly concerned about her appearance – that’s ok! Her wardrobe hair and makeup were impeccable. I can’t even guess the amount of money that went into her completely smooth and I guess youthful face (not a wrinkle from the chin up!). Another thing to consider...how long will that costly surgery last? It varies of course, but experts say about 5-6 years.
It truly made me so sad. Like all of us, she would have been the product of decades of experiences – joy and heartbreak, challenges and achievements. But her face was expressionless – it didn’t move and it didn’t reflect the beautiful journey and road travelled. I would have wished for her to worry less about her wrinkles and sags and more about staying limber, flexible and active - that's vitality! I may not celebrate when I look in the mirror and see the 60+ year old face (mom?) looking back at me. But then I look back at my years of worrying about my kids and my parents, sleepless nights, times of financial scarcity, my doubts about who I am and who I would become, career ups & downs, thousands of miles run, love and loss and so much more as I was hurtled through life. I realize that I wouldn’t change a thing and that the journey has left a road map on my body and face but I live a life of vitality.
I obviously don’t know this lady’s story, but I would wish that she spent more time and effort on maintaining mobility and less on the superficial appearance. To be robust, strong and flexible will have so much more value down the road won’t it?
ADD ONE SIMPLE, FREE ACTIVITY TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE!
If I could offer one tip or piece of advice for aging beautifully and vibrantly – it’s to move your body! We are meant to move and one of those ‘inevitable’ things that happen (see paragraph 1) is we become less flexible and mobile. Hate exercise? You are not alone. You do need to use your muscles & get your heart rate up, but I promised you a simple & easy tip here; this is it -- STRETCH. Yup, just stretch! If you can dedicate 5-10 minutes every day and work your way from head to toe, slowly and gently stretching your muscles, the rewards will be incredible. I know because I’ve seen it happen. And guess what? If FEELS good. Grab your phone or a timer, plop down on a carpet and commit to 5 minutes – no less! Start at the toes and work all the way up to the neck. It doesn’t have to been fancy and it doesn’t cost a penny. Here's a chart with a few stretches - hold each one for 15 -30 seconds (and never bounce!). Those smart people at Harvard agree!
Oh man – the rewards you will see!
1. You’ll be taller (better posture)
2. Your neck will make fewer of those annoying clicking sounds
3. You’ll be able to get up from your chair without groaning due to more limber joints
4. Better energy (from improved circulation)
Don’t take my word for it - check out some great stretches and benefits here.
Try it for a week or two & let me know you feel!