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How Much Adult Life Do You Have Ahead of You and Who Will You Be?

According to Chip Conley, who calls himself a Modern Elder, “It’s proven that shifting to a positive perspective on aging can add 7.5 years to our lives…”. How? By living a life with purpose.  So how much adult life do you think you have ahead of you and, as Mary Oliver asks, “…what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mr. Conley hosts a mid-life Wisdom School, Modern Elder Academy, to help answer this question. Forbes calls it the “The Cool School for Midlifers“.

Instead of feeling less reverent with age, he’s about helping people use their wisdom to do something meaningful with their elderhood, he tells in his recent Ted Talk in Marin County, California. Part of doing so involves societal shifts for stereotypes of older adults. He posits that research shows that with each passing decade life gets better and better, at odds with society’s narrative of aging, that you’re just going to get decrepit and die. We haven’t, as a rule, looked forward to “old-hood”, but it’s time we do! As we move through the journey of the decades, getting older, he says, is more than just deterioration of the body. At the same time we are in the process of turning into something else, of blossoming. Where earlier in life we nursed our ego now is time to get in touch with our souls. We’re living longer and have a greater desire to have meaning in our life. Middlescence, says Conway, prepares us for aging as adolescence prepares young people for adulthood.

Coach and author Barbara Waxman says Middlescence [noun], pronounced middle-essence, is, “A transitional period, between the ages of about 45 and 65, marked by an increased desire to find or create greater meaning in one’s life. Often accompanied by physical, social, and economic changes, it is a turning point from which adults continue to develop and grow. A life stage created by increased longevity patterns in the 21st century.”

Margaret Manning, Sixty and Me blogger, is someone who has found meaning in connecting with others creating a huge virtual community of older women. When people compliment her for what’s she’s doing at “her age”, it feels like people are surprised she is attractive, vital, employed and a contributor to society. She wants to change that stereotype.  People are living longer, are better educated, and are leading healthier lives; Margaret Manning is redefining aging through her vibrant example.

So how do we prepare for the next stage of life, this elderhood? In his book, The Second Mountain, David Brooks describes the path of moving from “first mountain” stage of life, a self-centered period of acquisition of material goods, building career and financial security, to the “second mountain” stage of finding work with purpose or meaning for a cause greater than ourself.

These three sages agree that building community and helping each other is one essential ingredient of finding greater happiness within and outside of oneself. In a society and time where personal achievement and accomplishment are highly prized and a decline in morals is prevalent, Brooks’ book gives inspiration and hope from his examples of people living spiritually and morally committed lives and, most importantly,  interconnected with others.

 

Body Fat Measurement Tool…the Mirror!

 

There’s many ways to measure body fat with varying degrees of accuracy  but all involve some type of specialized equipment. If you don’t have calipers, scales, or a submersion pool, here’s an at-home way to estimate your body fat percentage using the mirror!

 


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These pictures come for the website Built Lean. Follow this link for an excellent article on the topic.

http://www.builtlean.com/2012/09/24/body-fat-percentage-men-women/

 

Cycling – Warm Up and Stretching Exercises

Warming up before riding gets your body ready for the effort it’s about to exert. The idea is to gently move one’s joints through all their ranges of motion. Afterwards, stretching when your muscles are warmed up is aimed at mobility as well as stretching muscles out to avoid poor muscle function or imbalances. These warm ups came from the LIVESTRONG web site…I put them all on one powerpoint slide for easy access.

If you’d like a PDF of these for your phone, email me: fitforrestofyourlife@gmail.com.

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Here’s the link to the original livestrong site: http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1010730-stretches-before-biking/#slide=11

 

 

Out of shape at 61, Fit at 90!

90 years old. His workout? 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and 2919 steps! Cardio and strength training combined! After retirement at age 61, over the years he took up jogging, calisthenics, and hitting the local Larkspur stairs.  Not only has he become a fit senior, he’s become somewhat of a folk hero in his community along the way. It’s never too late to get in shape!

 

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Link to the Marin Independent Journal article.

Stretching Does Reap Benefits

The physical therapist prescribed more stretching for me today, hamstrings and quads. Hmmm. No surprise that these are areas in my body that need it. To inspire myself,  I’m posting photos here to remind myself of the two stretches I want to do daily.

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To further inspire myself, and maybe you, too, here’s a repost of THE MAN WHO TOUCHED HIS TOES IN 41 DAYS!

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Great time lapse video showing his progress.

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Click here to see how he did it!

What are the stretches you need?

 

How To Improve Your Posture In 5-Seconds – Read this!

Just stack those body parts in a nice straight line…ankles, knees, hips, elbows, shoulders and ears.

 

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Excellent article about posture by Marc Perry, BuiltLean. Click here to read the article!

How To Improve Your Posture In 5-Seconds – BuiltLean.

Protein and Vegetables to Start Your Day

Trying to cut down on carbohydrates? Try this quick egg puff for breakfast.IMG_2471 IMG_2472

Saute veggies in olive oil in frying pan, add beaten eggs, a tiny bit of cheese (or none), seasonings, and cook slowly over low heat with a lid. Poof. A puff. A cross between an omelet and baked egg.

More and more evidence that reducing carbohydrates in our diet is healthful. Time to rethink oatmeal, toast, cereal or smoothies for breakfast and think of ways to get vegetables and protein into that meal.

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