Live Longer

My Grandma inside the igloo for her 89th birthday!

My Grandma will be 92 tomorrow.  She lives on her own, cooks for herself, loves the movies, and is interesting to talk to.  She has moments of forgetfulness and relays a lot of stories from the past and her youth.  Now and then my mom will call me to tell me she is worried my Grandma might be losing it a little.  Sometimes my mom seems right and other times I say, “I do the same thing.  If Grandma has dementia then I must too.”

A week after Christmas my Grandma called me to thank me for the beautiful amaryllis I’d given her for Christmas.  She left a message and as I listened, I grew a little sad.  I had not given her an amaryllis.  Perhaps my mom was more right than I realized.  Someone else deserved this thank you.  Not me.  It signaled that my Grandma seemed to be losing it.

Later that night when Matt arrived home, I told him about my Grandma’s message and how my mom might be onto something.  “I didn’t get her an amaryllis,” I told him.  “Yes, […]

Live Longer 2018-02-14T15:54:22+00:00

12 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Movement can be playful!

It’s all too common. We make our New Year’s Resolutions to get and keep moving with exercise routines on Jan 2nd and by February we’ve forgotten all about it. So how do you stay motivated? Here are some tips for keeping active longer. Different suggestion work for different people, so figure out what it is that motivates you!

Keep Moving Tips

• Make sure a class or gym you register for it close. The closer it is to you home, the more likely you are to do it.
• Find a seasonal activity to love. Maybe swimming in summer or cross country skiing in winter.
• Meet a friend. You get to visit and move. Plus you hold each other accountable.
• Make sure it’s fun. You won’t do it if you hate it. And movement can and should be fun.
• Only allow yourself to watch TV if you are moving. So you can watch if you get on the bike, elliptical or get down and do some crunches.
• Agree to at least 5 minutes of movement a day. More often than not once you get started you’ll do more, but if […]

12 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions 2018-02-14T16:00:57+00:00

Movement Beats Polio

My Grandma inside the igloo! My Grandma inside the igloo!

My grandma contracted polio when she was nine. She was so sick her mother had to push her in a baby carriage to walk her to the hospital.  She was embarrassed and mad at her mom because she was nine and didn’t belong in a baby carriage.  No one else in the Waterbury area had been diagnosed with polio so at first the doctors didn’t know what was wrong.  Before long there was an entire ward of children with polio.

For six month, my grandma was strapped to a wooden plank to immobilize her. It was the early thirties.  The hospitals didn’t have air conditioning and she talks about how hot it could get in the room she shared with a group of polio-infected children.  Those that died were wheeled out.  One of her best memories from her time in the hospital was on summer Saturday nights when the nurses would wheel patients who were well enough out onto a patio for fresh air.  The nurses would turn on music and dance.

When it was time to go home the doctor told her mother […]

Movement Beats Polio 2017-10-25T15:49:42+00:00

Walking in Old Wethersfield

Scarecrow Family at the New Heirloom Market on Main St. Scarecrow Family at the New Heirloom Market on Main St.

No one has ever had to twist my arm to go for a walk. Walking is one of my favorite past times. I love it with Matt, a friend, a good podcast, when I’m on the phone with my Grandma, or walking alone on a beautiful day. Hands down my favorite places to walk is Old Wethersfield. It’s flat. The houses are quaint and so New England. There is easy access to ice cream. And you can walk anywhere from a two mile loop to an eight mile loop without really repeating the same ground.

  Witch in Wethersfield Witch in Wethersfield

 

When Matt and I travel, we often comment that we have yet to find as nice a place to walk as Old Wethersfield. Even before we moved here we would sometimes come to walk in this area twice a day. Now is the best time to come and walk in “the OW” (pronounced oh-dub). This is the season when local businesses, kids and […]

Walking in Old Wethersfield 2017-10-25T14:24:29+00:00

Eyes on the Prize…How to Make Exercise Easier

I’m not sure I’m an Eyes on the Prize kind of workout person.  No doubt when I’m running a race, the second that finish line comes into view I’ll hone in on it, and I’ll run faster.  But I’m not sure that makes running easier or more fun for me.

That's me in the blue focused on the finish line That’s me in the blue focused on the finish line

Half the fun is looking around and not being focused.  The distraction of nature or talking to a friend is part of what gets me out there in the first place.

Now, send me on a hike instead, and I have to work to simply enjoy the serene surroundings.  I want to reach the top and only then can I stop and enjoy my surroundings fully.  So perhaps, the scenario matters.

But if you are someone who doesn’t like exercise or movement, this video might be helpful.  It proves that you can change your perceptive about how bad exercise is.  You can change your motivation by coming up with realistic goals.  If you are starting a walking plan or a running plan or a biking […]

Eyes on the Prize…How to Make Exercise Easier 2017-10-25T15:49:50+00:00