Friday, March 5, 2010


There is an old saying that it is better to wear out than to rust out. In other words stay mobile because if you don't your body gets the wrong message. The older I get the more I find that is true. For me it is no longer acceptable to take a day off from exercise because I know that if I do I will feel miserable the next day. Without working out my muscles ache. I realize that is counter intuitive but it is true. Recently they have decided that walking ten minutes a day is all you need. No 10Ks. No marathons. Just a short walk does the trick. Never take the elevator and always use the stairs. Park as far from the door of where you are going as you can. Just that short walk will add years to your life. Stop using sugar and salt. Don't drink diet drinks or soda with sugar. Drink 64 ounces of water a day. The other major thing is to keep your mind active. I read everything I can get my hands on and still that is not enough. I am reminded of the synapses in our brain. The path that the electricity takes as it sends signals from one part of the brain to the other. Don't know if that is true but I believe it. I watch Jeopardy every day and can answer most questions. I do cross word puzzles and sometime I can even fill one out without stopping and get them all right. I am not bragging. I am just sharing my coping mechanisms. In my advanced years I have known a lot of people who have retired to the recliner and then died a couple of years later. I say this all the time but we can choose to live or we can choose to die. I choose to live. Use it or lose it.

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