Health: an unexpected reason for retirement.

My Unplanned Retirement Story: Health

Dixie's Floating Home on the Columbia River
Our Floating Home on the Columbia River

I retired at age 57. As I said, I’m 72.  I didn’t plan to retire then.  Unplanned retirement reason? Health. Continue reading Health: an unexpected reason for retirement.

Plan for Happy Retirement: ensure Positive Aging

Plan for Retirement to ensure Positive Aging.

Retirement financial planning is and has been available for years. We’ve all saved our pennies, moved them around, counted them repeatedly and planned for our “golden years.”

But what about the “what am I going to do all day part?  Sometimes, lack of planning results in boredom or loneliness.

What’s been missing is a planning guide for everything in retirement life but the financial information. Our “Baby Boomers Guide to Retirement…50 Tips to Freedom” workbook is not about finances or investments or savings.  Continue reading Plan for Happy Retirement: ensure Positive Aging

Relationship: Treasure those you love

Treasure the relationships with those you love.

Pam’s last post talked about the importance of keeping our relationships positive;

“Treasure those you love. And do it “on purpose.”

That includes all those we hold dear; in-laws, parents, children, siblings, grandchildren, dear friends, aunts, uncles uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, spouses and anyone else your heart embraces. Continue reading Relationship: Treasure those you love

Positive Aging: Positive Relationships

My husband and I just got back from dance class, (that would be Active Older Adult dance class) and we didn’t do so great on the two-step spot turn.  There we were – navel to navel – and I just couldn’t seem to end the turn on the correct foot.  Oh, well . . .

Life is a dance and the goal is Positive Relationships.

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Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!

Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake Up Call!

Pam’s October 3rd post “The Healthy Aging Way to ease into Exercise” and her September 30th post, “Move it or Lose it” mentioned “Dixie was a gymnast.”  That’s true but certainly not by today’s standards.

In 1961 at Clairemont High School we had a gymnastic team that competed with other high school girls and boys around the area.  None of our schools had ‘uneven parallel bars’ at the time but we had mats, a balance beam, and a “horse/vault. It was fun and competitive and great exercise.  Kudos to Southern California for encouraging sports for both genders ahead of the rest of the nation.

As you can see by these ribbons, I didn’t set any world records (but this was before everyone who showed up got a ribbon.)

Exercising early in life influences exercise as adults.

 

Exercise in High School gymnastic competition.
Exercise in High School gymnastic competition.

Anyway, that started me thinking about my childhood exercise activities leading up to High School. My parents were physically active.  Dad played football in high school and mom was a “tumbler” and earned a letter “T” to show for it.  They remained ‘active’ throughout their lives.

My early school years were in Southern Indiana, followed by a year stint in Seattle, Washington. From there, in 1956, we moved to the Denver, Colorado area for my middle school years. Then we moved to San Diego in 1959 for high school.  All of these locations found us trying some sport or exercise relevant to the area. Continue reading Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!

The Healthy Aging Way to Ease into Exercise

Did you know that some studies have shown that simply visualizing yourself exercising can increase the size of your muscles?  Really.  The study in question showed that merely thinking about exercise improved muscle tone by 22% – as opposed to the 30% improvement for the participants who actually lifted the dumbbells.  While I wouldn’t recommend that we just lie down and think about lifting weights, I do aspire to the idea of easing into the joy of exercise a little at a time.  It’s amazing what we can do without joining a gym!

Exercise for Healthy Aging Anywhere!
Exercise for Healthy Aging Anywhere!

Take It Easy but Move it More

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