ElderExcercise has been a wonderful experience in a couple of ways. Personally, I’ve had the unusual opportunity to have and idea somewhat outside-the-box that worked. Of course, that was only possible because Claude thought it was doable–and did the heavy lifting to make it so.
On the physical side, it has been a great gift to have the support of all the participants who encouraged me to hang in with my efforts. I know that this is the reason that I can now approach something I’d never have thought possible: water aerobics! Three times a week in my retirement community an “active aerobic” class meets. After working up from gentle aerobics to two times a week, I begin a three-time schedule this week.
Just now I’ve ordered two new swim suits online from Eddie Bauer. Was told that I was just in time since there were shown on the Oprah show and will be sold out soon. Well, yours truly does not get air-brushed, so my look will only be moderately glamorous. Though I have two suits from the past (barely used), this purchase came about because I wanted suits minus skirts–something more serious.
I’m even thinking of really learning how to swim after all those years at summer camp in the beginners’ groups.
Though we are still too carbound here in Portland, Oregon, another woman and joins me for a weekly walk. Even with the light rain that’s a part of winter here, we pace around a running track used by the nearby college. And we have plans for the better weather.
Moving here has proved to be an excellent decision. In addition to being very busy with our young family, we chose a place filled with lively people who have a similar attitude toward aging and a great interest in the world around us. That helps us stay balanced in these very difficult times.
So, thank you again. I’ll continue to check out Claude’s remarkable photos and Sara’s blog. If you want to know what life is like for a newcomer in the northwest in a CCRC (continuing care retirement community), visit my blog a little red hen one day. And keep making those moves. yours, naomi