Posture and body movement can reveal, from a distance, a lot about an individual. When a person you don’t know is walking toward you, you can probably guess the person’s age range- long before a face comes into view.
Young people move distinguishably different than do old folks. What is it that creates this reality?
Does it have to be this way?
Is there value in striving to move like a chronologically young person? If yes, how do we achieve it?
How do you move and how do you improve?
May I share some thoughts?
Youthfulness is more about how you move than how you wrinkle.
A first step toward better fitness could be as simple as standing up straight. You may have forgotten about good posture for a few years.
Many of us have been sitting at a computer, hanging our heads forward and slouching with rounded shoulders, unwittingly. What to do? Set an intention to strive for good posture. Think “lift and straighten.”
Actions start with thoughts: setting an intention to do something is the first step toward doing it.
A good second step would be some gentle arm exercises that would invigorate the smaller help muscles in your arms and around your neck and shoulders.
Here is what inspired me to write this story:
I recently met an amazing looking woman. I was told she is either 84 or 85 years old.
This petite woman was fashionably dressed and had absolutely gorgeous legs- her dress length was just above the knee. When I saw her legs and heard her age I determined to learn more about her.
I’ll give you my punch line now- without making you read to the end of this article: one of the most amazing things about her, that I could visually observe, is how she moves.
This woman moves like a twenty year old. Her energy was flowing through her body so fluidly that her age was not perceptible.
At the moment I met her, we were in a circle of four people. She responded to our compliments with a physical response- a sort of dip at the knees along with a shrug of her shoulders- and a smile.
Envision Audrey Hepburn at 84, but with the same slim, upright, elegant posture she had when she filmed My Fair Lady. Imagine this dainty and most graceful form standing next to you. Her inner energy was “bubbling” as well.
I didn’t get as many details about this lady’s habits as I’d have liked to. I do know that she swims- that she does the breast stroke without putting her head in the water! She retired at age eighty from a career in fashion design. Lucille Ball, Mrs. Randolph Hurst, and Bobby Vinton were on her client list.
Now you surely know that this lovely lady was fascinating for many reasons.
Be encouraged by proof that physical beauty and resplendent health are possible well into your 80’s. Fabulous health when we’re seniors is something we need more of.
Genetics aside, healthy seniors started healthy habits long ago.
Is your health alarm ringing? Is it time to take on some good habits? Or time to break some bad habits? How about a “one for one” trade: give up one bad habit and pick up one good habit?
If all we ever see is senior people who are sick or having trouble getting around, then we might think that time and age alone will certainly cause this demise.
Obviously, numerous factors affect aging. Therefore, even with one’s best efforts put forth, things happen and the body changes. Aging will happen if you’re fortunate enough to live long enough!
Despite everything, we can always strive to be the best version of our self. Whatever that entails for you, keep the concept in mind: become more aware of what you can do to be the best you possible. What opportunities and choices are within your personal power?
Knowing something is possible can be a first step toward achieving it. Look around you for good examples to inspire and guide you.
Imitation is a primary mode of learning, therefore it’s important to have a good example to imitate.
Meeting this fashionable and fit woman who moves like she’s twenty years old was eye-opening. It was also very encouraging.
Now I believe any of us can be awesome 84 year olds.
Let’s see now, that gives me how many years to achieve awesomeness?