11 Mar 2019

Age Of Movement: It’s Complicated

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Not really. Only in the movies.

I want to bring back “the easy” when it comes to movement. It doesn’t have to be difficult, demanding, complex, impossible or complicated. Movement has to be accessible, possible and easy. It has to be so available we can find no excuses to avoid it. “It’s too complicated” is the oldest refrain of all and one I can’t have stand in my way when it comes to exercise.


This is our age of movement and we need to keep moving any way we can. There are no rules, no one routine is better than the other; the art of movement is in the movement. Simply, we must move and our bodies will do the rest.


Don’t you feel things do get too complicated sometimes?

Especially when it comes to physical exercise. Instructions are thrown about liberally – if we don’t do this class and we don’t do that workout we won’t see results. The doing is what gives us the changes and if it’s complicated we won’t do it. I know I won’t.


I would love to tell you I am so disciplined nothing is too complex for me; well that is not true. If exercise is made simple, I go and I work through it to the best of my ability. Too many complexities and I never go back. This is why I am enjoying yoga. I find the practice of yoga more and more challenging every session; it requires dedication and yet it is at my own pace. It’s no more complicated than that.



Whatever discipline we chose to follow, if we make it easy for us then it will happen, we will be consistent and benefit from the results. It’s not about the sport we choose to play its more about playing regularly. I’ve lost count of the activities I’ve taken up, all for my greater good, only to let them fall by the wayside. Too demanding, too difficult or too complicated.


I want to move, move more and move often; this is the age to make it easy on us.

No excuses anymore. xv




Making It Look Easy: Top It Off With This

(a longer line topper style coat over the yoga gear is easy, looks easy and feels easy)


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6 Comments

Linda Boardman Kerr

I had a heart attack and two open heart surgeries in my early 50’s. The ONLY risk factor I had was heredity, but my doctors told me that, aside from diet and medication (and meditation, if you can do that!) EXERCISE is key! Ah! How I dislike that word! But I have kept moving ever since, because I’m now 65 and I do NOT want to go under the knife again. I go 3X a week to a cardio rehab at my local hospital. You can do your own thing, however you want to do it (plenty of aerobics though, for sure). I also ride my bike around town a lot, and work in a large building where I briskly walk the hallways during breaks. I have kept my weight (I’m 5’5″) between 120 and 129, and my arms don’t jiggle, and I feel pretty good! I love that I am not overweight. What you say about just MOVING, doing whatever works for you is KEY. Otherwise you won’t do it. Movement is very, very important as we age. Now I struggle with the emotional aspects of ageing. It would be lovely if you could do a piece on that. Thanks for all your relevant posts.

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Laura

Movement is key for sure! I move every day in the form of running or hiking. This has been a practice since my late 20’s. Played tennis & rode a bike in the college years. There’s no big formula or secret to it. Stepping outside your door is the way to start. No makeup or coordinated outfit necessary. Your best investment…a good pair of running or walking shoes & comfortable tights.

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anitapelayorivera

I used to dance. I used to lift heavy weights. I used to go to the gym four mornings a week.

Now? Now I dance when I have the time to do so in my own studio. I still lift weights but I’ve relaxed on trying to buff up. I have a home gym, so that’s convenient. However, the best moves are when I’m walking with my husband around the lakes in summer and at the malls in winter. Moving, no matter what it is, clears the mind, helps you discuss things with your partner, and keeps the mind strong!

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Beth Anderson

I’ve learned some things about myself and exercise over the years:

A daily walk or walks is utterly essential. Some days you just cannot and those days make me cranky. Too many in a row make me crankier. I have to get my steps in. Working thwarts this if you let it.

I need an appointment for other forms of exercise. A trainer (not merely a gym but a real live person with a time and date) or a dance class to attend.

I do NOT do well when the class is too long. Dance class for an hour is just fine. Yoga for an hour, oh my God. Or even worse an hour-plus. I would adore a yoga studio who would cave and just please offer 30 or 45 minute sessions for those of us who get bored easily but at least want to get a little bit of stretching in.

My trainer is $$ but he allows for 30 minute sessions, no problem, and he gives homework which I break into chunks morning and night to get all of them in. You know, do a few stretches while the espresso is steaming. Do bridges or squats or planks while the shower is heating up. Etc…

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