You gotta love KC & the Sunshine Band. Every time I hear this song, I just can’t help but to shake shake shake my booty!
Shakin’ your booty is the best gift you can give yourself. A routine of daily movement has so many physical and mental health benefits.
They keep you strong so YOU continue to live the Positive Aging Life.
Now we’re not talking about formal exercise - although that is good for you…
We’re talking about the benefits of saying “goodbye” to the sedentary life and “hello” to moving your body every day!
Let’s talk about muscles.
With over 400 muscles in your body, a daily routine of working those muscles keeps them strong and the ligaments that control the muscles stay flexible. With strong muscles you have better balance, stability and coordination.
How about your bones?
As you mature, you might worry about bone-health and osteoporosis. With daily use of your bones, they grow more dense.
Simple exercises like walking, yoga and minor resistance training are great for gaining bone density.
Don’t forget about your joints. Keeping these instruments of movement healthy, have lasting benefits as you age - strong knees and elbows allow for easy walking or lifting of grand kids or groceries…
A full range of motion in hips and shoulders will keep you flexible, nimble and strong. A daily routine for simple stretching or a 10-minute yoga is all you need. Healthy joints increase coordination and balance.
How are your lungs doin’? All daily movements improve your cardio-respiratory endurance. Which basically means - the more you move, the more you increase your lung capacity…
Which in turn, allows you to move more. Your lungs are like the fuel station for your body. Healthy lungs = more endurance. This means you can conquer anything!
And then there’s the blood flow! Moving your body increases the oxygen intake to your blood as it zigs and zags through your circulatory system.
The increase in oxygen is good for all your organs - but especially your skin. A healthy and oxygenated system:
● More quickly heals wounds!
● Improves cognitive thinking!
● Helps the heart beat properly!
● Increases energy levels!
● And so much more!
Here are some basic activities you can do every day to MOVE your body!
Walking: Whether it’s on a treadmill, around the pond in your favorite park, or just through the halls of your local mall…
Walking is simple, and it requires minimal special equipment.
All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes that provide good foot support and an outfit that doesn’t restrict movement. Even if you require the assistance of a walker - walking is a low-impact activity for all ages
Swimming: is probably the best activity for any age and any physical fitness level.
If you're just now bringing your body into shape, a dip in the pool is your best friend.
The water takes most of the pressure off your joints and ligaments allowing you to have a low-impact experience.
This activity isn’t restricted to summer months or southern territories in the winter… most local areas have a YMCA with swimming programs designed for the mature swimmer.
Housework: offers great benefits for your body...
From vacuuming to sweeping to scrubbing to dusting and straightening the pillows… doing chores can be a workout.
Add some music and shake your booty while you scrub. It makes the job go faster, and it’s more enjoyable. It makes the job go faster, and it's more enjoyable.
Yardwork: This is a two for one deal.
You can get a full-body workout and a beautiful landscape or garden in one shot.
Raking grass clippings or leaves - great for the back, shoulders and hips.
Pushing the lawnmower - This one gets them all - the legs, arms, back, shoulders, hips and stomach muscles. Invest in a self-propelled machine so you don’t burn yourself out while you mow.
Dancing: Whether it’s a ballroom dance class, hitting your local nightclub or just shakin’ your booty to your favorite tune…
Dancing is a fun and spirited way to boost the heart rate and warm up those muscles.
Just Move! When all else doesn’t work, just put movement into your daily plan.
Go up and down the stairs multiple times versus carrying items all in one trip.
Use a small coffee cup or water bottle so you have to go to the kitchen for more refills in a day.
If the mailbox is down the lane - walk it versus taking the motorized vehicle. Get a dog - they make you move whether you want to or not!
It’s our “Get your Move-on for Positive Aging” - Challenge. So let’s go you Fabulous 50+ Woman – let’s shake that booty!
Cheers to Positive Aging and Booty Shakin'!
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