The purpose of this daily column is enlightenment. A source to reach nirvana and an ability to enjoy it once you get there. As we age, so do our bodies. Middle age brings forth a soreness and the aches from the knees to fingers to back. Old age has the ability to re aggravate the joints and the spine. You might own enough finances. You may still have the companionship. If you don't have the resources to maintain your health, Life can go downhill pretty quickly.
So if you're still able to tie your shoes and scratch your back, there's still hope for you. Being flexible, keeping your balance and standing erect is the formula to truly enjoying your golden years.
Here's some tricks to achieving those goals. First and foremost is stretching. The sooner you start the easier it becomes. It's simple, doesn't cost a dime and it's just a few seconds a day. One simple method is to stretch your legs. From an arms distance away, lean your arms against a counter or desk, raise your heels up and press down onto your toes. Feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Then rock back onto your heals, push your butt out until you feel the stretch in your calve muscles. Repeat three times that's it.
Second is to always walk and stand correctly. Throw those shoulders back. Keep your head erect and your eyes up. Throw that chest out and tighten the mid section. Even correct yourself when sitting and exaggerate it every chance you get. Your muscles have memories.
Be sure to practice correct breathing techniques. Getting maximum oxygen to your brain and eliminating the carbon dioxide. They teach you traditionally to breathe deep and slow, by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. An alternative way that I particularly like, is to pinch your nostril and breathe in and then pinch your other nostril and breathe out. Then holding that same nostril repeat the procedure (so that your alternating nostrils). It brings about a quick sense of calm and balance.
Some things as we age we can't control. Some things we can! Do this everyday and you'll be on your way, to many a beautiful day ...