After spending 10 days with a 2 year old, I’m achingly aware of the boundless energy of children. This Nana found she can still gallop like a horse and climb like a monkey on the playground. I’m accustomed to working hard and earning a good night’s sleep but the physical exhaustion that came with keeping up with my exuberant granddaughter was a reminder of the value of staying fit.
One bright morning as we took a stroll and stopped to color on the sidewalk with chalk, a man on a bicycle stopped to talk. He asked her name, and sadly in this day and time, my first reaction was suspicion. I checked him out and decided he was just a friendly great-grandfather. Sure enough, he proceeded to tell me he is 85 and had just completed a 20 mile ride and was headed home for a big breakfast. When I commented on his health and agility, he said, “That’s nothing. I cycled from Florida to Canada on one trip when I was young. That was when I was 64.”
Have you complained recently about getting old? This man, along with the legacy of my great-grandmother, says “Get over it and get moving.” If you need some facts to go on, consider that “exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,” says trainer David Atkinson, director of program development for Cooper Ventures, a division of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas.
“It is clear that those who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work,” says Todd A. Astorino, assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University-San Marcos.
The value of health and vitality is immeasurable. It costs something to stay fit but it costs far more to forfeit it through lethargy and disregard. Ignore your health and it will go away.
The first wealth is health. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.