“3..2..1..give me 8 more…” the exercise instructor screams into the mic, as the music is pounding, and the sweat is pouring. Off of me, not so much her.
In the meantime, I’m screaming in my head “…are you kidding me…you said the same thing 8 counts ago…come on”
You see, I’m standing here looking at the beginning of my 50th decade, and moving this body isn’t always as easy as it once was, but thankfully I do place a high value on the importance of exercising my body and so that keeps me plugging along at what I know is best for "the ol‘ girl" (aka "my body").
Then there’s also that other little thing that you feel, that other little thing that gnaws at you with the slight intimidation factor that you have about going to a gym when you’re brand new to your 50th decade. Sometimes I have those same thoughts you do “…are you kidding me, how can I compete with all the cute little outfits on the cute little body’s that the 20 and 30-somethings have…just forget it, I won’t go…”
But when I can recognize why I’m there, and I know deep down in my soul I’m not there to impress anyone anyway - the only person I really want to impress is ME. I mean, good grief, I’m always really impressed with myself if I can exercise for a full hour and live to tell about it and be able to walk out the door in an upright fashion!
Yes, it’s true there are times when I feel as if I’ve gone 10 rounds with Floyd Mayweather (especially the next morning upon awakening and realize the lower half of my body won’t roll off the bed easily due to a lot of lunges and squatting the night before) but there’s nothing better then the ability to be able to move your body - and live to feel it!
Dr. Henry S. Lodge from Columbia Medical School wrote one of the best articles about our aging, changing bodies. As he points out, the research says we can help our cells to grow and build healthy, vibrant bodies and sound minds by moving our bodies. Our body’s are meant to move. He states that “Exercise is the master signaling system that tells our cells to grow instead of fade. When we exercise, that process of growth spreads throughout every cell in our bodies, making us functionally younger. Not a little bit younger - a lot young. True biological aging is a surprisingly slow and graceful process. You can live out your life in a powerful, healthy body if you are willing to put in the work.”
I think 50 is the best age ever. And if exercise is the thing that prompts my body’s master signaling system to keep my cells growing, therefore making me function younger then I say bring on the kick boxing classes, and the Rumba classes, and the spinning classes, and any other thing that helps me MOVE MY BODY! Are you willing to put in the work?