I hit a “significant age” in 2019. This, along with the people I see in clinic on a weekly basis has made me think a bit…. If I gave you a list of things that in 20/30/40 years you might not be able to do – would you be scared? Well, here is a list of things that I’ve seen people not be able to do….
Sitting on the floor and then standing up.
Standing up off a chair.
Standing up off the toilet.
Walking up the stairs.
Walking down the stairs.
Walking to the end of the road.
Walking to the shops.
Getting into or out of a car.
Walking in the garden.
Playing on the floor with children or grand children.
Walking from the car to a shop and around the shop – and back.
Getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.
Standing on a stool or a chair to get something out of a cupboard.
Walking to from the kettle to a chair with a mug of tea.
That is quite a list.
Any of these make you think? Made you think… oooh – life might be a bit different if I can’t do that.
And now, if I said there was a way to attenuate that decline. Something that you could do to enable you not to have those problems? Would that be of interest to you?
I sincerely hope that it would.
All the things in the list might happen because of a lack of 2 things.
A lack of these 2 things means an eventual, long term decline, that unfortunately we don’t notice until it is pretty much too late.
Yes, I’m banging on about this, but yes, I believe it is important, I’m shouting about this as loud as I can because it is personal to me as well – my parents are at the age when this is mega-important.
The last thing I want is a call from my Mum telling me that Dad has fallen on the floor and can’t get up (or vice versa, let’s not be sexist about this). It’s a bloody long way to the Isle of Wight, and I want him to be able to be strong enough to get up, dust himself down and get on with things.
This is not a pipedream. As I wrote to him last Christmas –
Reduced Fitness is NOT an inevitable part of getting older
Staying strong and mobile, or becoming weak and dependent, however, IS a choice.
They have the tools to stay strong – and after reading this – you too have the knowledge that you have a choice. Knowledge and understanding, though, only go so far. You have to practice – without that decline is inevitable.