I work with a client at the community center 3x/wk. After our session today, I had a break before my next appointment and did a workout myself using my favorite equipment; resistance bands. I did a ‘quick feet’ regimen, designed for athletes, but since I consider all of us ‘athletes’, I thought it appropriate. We all need to keep as agile as possible; there is no telling when you may trip over something, or have to avoid a car while walking, or just to be able to react with as much speed as possible to avoid injury or worse. If you don’t train those reactionary moves, using the brain, nervous system, and muscles, they won’t necessarily be there when you need them most. And, it gives you a nice change of pace from other exercises.
This was only my second time doing this workout, and I felt much better than I did after the first (I felt slow and old and clumsy). Even though I’m not as fast as I used to be, and I’m not as strong as I used to be, I am being the best I can and improving on that. I want my mind and body to stay as sharp as possible; I will not allow myself to accept less. My goal is not necessarily to play sports; it’s to age with grace and dignity, and have as few preventable health-related issues as possible.
Don’t have time to exercise, you say? Tomorrow I will shoot a video that combines cardio with strength and endurance, that can be done with no equipment, requires little space, and takes 10 minutes or so. It will be on YouTube immediately, and on my website in a few days.
Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.