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Movement for life: Acceptance

by Lauren Walker

Body acceptance is not just a young person’s issue. Who you were is not who you are anymore. The joys of aging mean inevitable change but it doesn’t mean you need to stop doing what you enjoy.

Self Acceptance

Comparing yourself to your younger self is a fruitless endeavour. Let’s face it, our bodies will change as we age. You cannot and should not beat yourself up for what you cannot do and focus on what you can. Our body is a beautiful machine and is capable of all kinds of wonderful things.

Focus on the positive

Many people are not afforded the luxury of aging. You’re going to have your share of health issues. In my experience, those who practice positivity tend to manage these situations better.

Stop complaining

As most of my clients are over 75, there is bound to be a new ache or pain. You’re not alone. Depending what your situation is, you can choose to wallow in it or choose to do something about it.

Move your Body

Exercise alleviates feelings of depression, anxiety and it is a great way to meet new people. Above all else, this is THE KEY to aging well and keeping your body as strong as it can be. Resistance training is imperative for developing bone density and muscle mass. Improving balance and mobility helps maintain your independence as well. Exercise is like medicine, it needs to be prescribed properly.

Eating Well

Moderation is key. Quality food helps lower inflammation and chronic disease. Food is fuel and your body is the vehicle. Wise food choices mean more energy for the activities you love.

You only get one body in this life, treat it kindly.

All Fit All Ages Gym is located in the Food Basics plaza. Call 289-356-2140 for your free assessment.

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