Aging Well or the Fountain of Youth – Part 3

For the third secret of staying young we are going to the wild side. The wild side I am referring to is – Nature!  Did you think I meant something different (hmmm)? Well that’s okay too, also very good for longevity. (I’m not suggesting I knew where you were going with that comment, just saying…you know! lol)

Seriously there are several important lessons to be learned from nature. The word of the day for longevity is “S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g”. Yes, sounds like another easy one doesn’t it. But we have the same problem with stretching that we had with breathing. Today many of us are more inactive physically and for longer periods of time.

There isn’t a mammal on the planet (in the wild or otherwise) that doesn’t instinctively stretch when it gets up from a prone or still position, Immediately. They stretch the largest muscles in their body because it is the natural thing to do to losen up. To be more flexible, to be prepared, at a moment’s notice,to move quickly. They can do this because they have made their body limber by stretching.

A muscle that is used infrequently begins to atrophy.

That is to say it becomes inactive and when the brain sends a message to this stiff muscle it may respond in the moment but it will let you know the next day how badly it feels (full bore). I think we can all relate to that one.

One of the things I do faithfully when I rise in the morning is stretch, every single day.

I will also stretch again during the day prior to doing something of a more physical nature. It makes a huge difference. I do not have stiff muscles, even though I have done very few “work-outs” in the last few years due to other commitments, I do stretch and I stay limber…just in case!

If you have health issues always speak with your doctor before beginning any new physical activity. I recommend the mayo clinic’s slide show of 10 basic stretches.

So there you have it my friends, if I can do this at the age of 65 (if you haven’t read them here is part 1 and part 2) than so can you. Stretching (by the way) is good for all ages and if you can’t stretch all of your body, (because of physical limitations) stretch the parts you can. Your body will thank you for it.

Have a great day and keep stretching! Penny

53 thoughts on “Aging Well or the Fountain of Youth – Part 3

  1. I suffer from arthritis, and my doctor told me that for exercise I need to do yoga–which as we know is just intensive stretching. The stretching doesn’t inflame my arthritis like repetitive motions from standard forms of exercise.

    Great series, Penny. A gold mine of info! 🙂

    • Thank you. I am very sorry for the pain that the arthritis gives you, and am glad to hear that the stretching is of some help. I know it to be true. I feel like martha stewart when I say this but…it’s a good thing! 🙂 Penny

  2. So true, we are more inactive physically and for longer periods of time. I try to do 20 to 30 min. very basic some yoga in the morning. It makes my body happy. But, I need to get up from my chair more often. Thank you so much, Penny!

  3. This one is in my conscious awareness always! Great Post Penny. With my issues – you know, I am exquisitely body-aware. Actually just started working with a Feldenkrais Method specialist (also physical therapist) … so always learning. Needless to say – -movement and stretch are like water to my survival. I have to be very specific though – and have been hurt over stretching damaged tissue – so agree with your disclaimer about checking with a specialist if there are medical issues… but no question — the body is meant to move!! And so find watching animals stretch fascinating — we can learn so much. Enjoyed this beautiful friend ~ you have so much to share!! xo Much Love and Happy Sunday to you and yours!

    • Robyn, just an aside here, how much CoQ10 do you take with your other supplements? The interconnectivity with the body’s energy and sensory levels is significant. Mitochondrial activity (body’s energy factory) influences quite a few of the areas you are addressing physically. Just curious! Yes the body is meant to move, thanks for your (as always) loving compliments, a most happy Sunday for you and your family also Robyn, sending this your way with much affection, your friend, Penny

    • Thank you Dilipnaidu. for taking the time to visit and comment. Yes those two very physical items do assist but I believe what may be of more importance is the mindset you bring to these physical activities, at least I think perhaps there is a truth here (body/mind connection). Again thank you for your thoughts, very much appreciated by me, Penny

    • Thanks Maggie, so far I have a few people thinking good thoughts, taking deep breaths and stretching. Now I need to come up with something no one has ever heard of so they can go “Wow” I didn’t know that! lol, seriously sometimes the little things we do everyday do make a difference, perhaps. I’m hoping you weekend was wonderful and that you are rested and ready to go for the week ahead, my friend, sending warm thoughts your way, Penny 🙂

    • Good afternoon Mondrak, I’m getting pretty good with this time difference thing, I think. Didn’t I already get that one from you or maybe not. lol, there are so many wonderful bloggers recognizing me out there in bloggerville that I have become an award hoarder. Christina thinks my nominations (hidden in my virtual reality-closet is starting to bulge at the seams).Though I have been keeping track of them these last 30 days as to the who, what and when. It’s just the how of it that I’m working on, they just keep adding up. Thanks my dear friend for including me in your nominations, I am always pleased to accept. Again much thanks, Penny

    • Thank you LuAnn, it is always a pleasure to hear from you, Yoga is a wonderful enrichment to add to a persons lifestyle I believe, The two of you have a really great day today, Penny 🙂

  4. Great post, as always! My dog stretches EVERY single time she gets up. And, after watching her for years, I’ve finally started to do the same, although not as thoroughly as she does each time or I would never get anything done in life! It’s also a wonderful reminder to take a minute to myself.

  5. Another great and very insightful post, it’s so easy to forget what is supposed to come natural to us when we are forever adapting to a world so far from the natural habitats animals in the wild find themselves in. Again, thanks for the reminder Penny.x

    • Thank you Chris. I sooooo agree with you. We (humans) have become so alien to the very reason we exist I believe, as if we’re stranded on a metaphoric island of our own making – if that makes sense to you. lol) Being natural seems to have lost the reality quality somewhere along the lines of becoming “civilized” Thanks for sharing what I believe to be a sad truth for today Chris, sending warm thoughts your way this day, Penny

      • Yes Penny, that makes complete sense to me, our society had led us to become stranded through power, leadership, judgements and the worst of all, the wilingness to let the press control how a lot of us behave and perceive how life should be. That of course is just my opinion but it sure does influence the progress of our ‘Natural habitat.’ Being natural really does seem to have lost the reality quality if being civilised, of being as ONE, together in this Universe. I am happy to share what I believe to be the sad truth because the more people that realise this then the more it can change.
        Thank you Penny.x

  6. I always stretch parts of my body, but due to pain, there are some that I can’t (although the body does attempt to stretch them anyway which results in more than few curse words lol)

    I am really enjoying this series, you are doing a great job with them.

  7. I am getting up from my computer right this very second and giving a big big stretch (for a second) and then sitting right back down. lol

    Seriously…I am in agreement. Even a little bit more each day is helpful. Not doing it can catch up with you so quickly. I do my 30 minutes of walking everyday but should do so much more. I am having company over Labor Day so the vacuuming should count for something. 🙂

  8. Hi Penny!

    I believe in the power of stretching. This is very useful to everybody. Thank you sharing this 🙂 Btw, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Beautiful Blogger Award. I found your blog beautiful and you do inspire me in many ways so i believe you deserve this, too.

    Just take a look on this link to learn the rules:

    Congratulations! 🙂

    – Mack

  9. Great post, Penny.
    I agree wholeheartedly.

    I used to do about 30-40 mins of stretching & toning exercises most days (as well as about 50kms of power walking each week), Since my back surgery in 2008, I can’t do any stretching and miss if very much. It’s just too painful. I am so stiff in the mornings.

    I have to be satisfied with a very slow leisurely walk for a few hours 2-3 times a week (slow due to a heart condition).

    I still swear by right diet, exercise (walking), plenty of water and plenty of restful restorative sleep as key elements in staying healthy (even if I can’t always do it myself).

    Man was made to move, not live a sendentary life.

    • Victoria your words are so inspirational, everything you are saying & doing is wonderful. I think you’ve got the attitude thing down pat! Thank you for sharing your recipe for living life, that’s what it’s all about I think, huge hugs to you this evening my friend, xxxx Penny

    • My pleasure Rosy. I stretch a bit differently but it took me awhile to figure out what worked well for me, I think that’s an individual thing. I do appreciate you, my friend, Penny

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