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Exercise after Menopause? Of Course! (Part Three)

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A post by writer and blogger Carol Baldwin:

Too many years ago than I care to admit, I suggested to Barbara that I write a blog post about exercising after 60. She loved the idea. But as we all know, sometimes there’s a gap between an idea and executing it.

By the time I decided I needed to make good on my promise, my husband had retired and we had moved to The Villages, Florida, where there are plenty of exercise options. I realized that it would be better for me not only to share how much exercise means to me now, but to share some of my friends’ experiences as well. I hope these women’s stories—some who are my North Carolina friends and others I have met in Florida–will inspire you to come up with your own exercise routine.

Here’s Part Three:

ANN MARIE ROSE, The Villages, Florida

I believe exercise becomes more important as individuals age.  I participate in a combination of aerobic and strength building classes to facilitate my overall health and in particular because of challenges with arthritis.  I feel continued lifetime exercise appropriate to one’s level is essential to maintaining independence and promoting a quality physical and emotional lifestyle.

 DEB BACON, The Villages, Florida

When I retired, my number one goal was to exercise since I didn’t have a lot of time to do so as an elementary principal.  Moving to The Villages has been very helpful in meeting that goal.  There are many exercise classes in which I participate, so I can do different things each day.  Exercise is not only good physically, but mentally also.  I am fortunate to have found some neighbors who feel as strongly as I do about exercising so we enjoy going to classes with each other. This social part is also very beneficial.  Through these classes, I have learned the importance of interval training and weight training, especially for women over 60.  The instructors show us proper form and always have suggestions on how to improve.  Most of the classes in which I participate are based on the interval method which helps build a strong heart.  When I see people in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s being very active, I know the time I put into exercising will help me to be healthy and strong!

Besides the land exercise classes, I take water aerobics and some days just walk laps in the pool.  I also golf, walk, run, and ride my bike!! I am very blessed to be able to be retired and have all of these opportunities!!

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From left to right. Some of Carol’s golf buddies on her street. From left to right: Ann Marie Rose, Deb Bacon, Carol Baldwin, Cheryl Altman.

CAROL BALDWIN, The Villages, Florida

As a kid growing up, sports meant swimming in the summer and going for long walks on vacations. Ask any of my children and they’d agree: I was not the athletic one in our family.

A few years ago my husband, Creighton, bought me a set of golf clubs thinking it could be something we would do together. Little did he know that I’d become obsessed with improving my game.  Now I sleep better, am combating osteopenia (especially when I walk the par-3 courses), have increased stamina, and share a fun activity with him. Golf is both physically and mentally challenging and I have gained confidence in physical skills in ways I never experienced before. As a non-sports person, I have a sense of accomplishment from learning and improving my golf game.

Plus, I can eat chocolate and not feel guilty!

I still walk, swim, and bike occasionally. But nothing beats the addiction of going out and hitting a golf ball…because this time I’m going to do it better than last.

How about you? What is your exercise story?

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Every so often Carol wins a couple of holes off of Creighton. But when she doesn’t, she’s thankful for the opportunity to exercise and to enjoy being outdoors together.

 

Exercise after Menopause? Of Course! (Part Two)

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A post by writer and blogger Carol Baldwin:

Too many years ago than I care to admit, I suggested to Barbara that I write a blog post about exercising after 60. She loved the idea. But as we all know, sometimes there’s a gap between an idea and executing it.

By the time I decided I needed to make good on my promise, my husband had retired and we had moved to The Villages, Florida, where there are plenty of exercise options. I realized that it would be better for me not only to share how much exercise means to me now, but to share some of my friends’ experiences as well. I hope these women’s stories—some who are my North Carolina friends and others I have met in Florida–will inspire you to come up with your own exercise routine.

Here’s Part Two:

LINDA PHILLIPS, Charlotte, NC

I believe exercise has helped me ward off osteoporosis and medication.  My recent bone density showed I am in the osteopenia area, and holding my own.  I think the fact that I survived a pretty bad bike accident recently without a broken bone bears this out.  It has taken me a few years to find a good self-directed plan, which boils down to walking for a half hour or more at least 4 times a week, and working out at the gym 2 to 3 times a week.  When my couch-potato, non-gym going husband, Wendell, got his Silver Sneakers card a year ago, I wouldn’t let him weasel out of giving exercise a try.  To our delight the gym has a racquetball court, and to our children’s disbelief, we now hit the ball around at least once a week.  We might even learn how to play the game one of these days, but for now, it is clearly a surprisingly fun new aspect of our golden years.

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When Linda isn’t exercising, she’s writing or visiting her grandkids. Check out her website at: http://www.lindavigenphillips.com

DEB McDONOUGH, Ottawa, Canada

I love being outdoors. I snow ski, snowshoe, bike, skate, hike, and now that I have retired I can add golf and pickleball to my list. Admittedly, if pickleball were an indoor sport it would not interest me. I do not participate in these sports for the exercise. But I do exercise on a regular basis either by taking classes or in our home. Why? So that I can continue enjoying these activities and perhaps a few new ones as far into the future as possible.

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 Carol met Deb on the golf course in The Villages. She’s about as passionate about improving her golf game as Carol is.

We played pickleball for the first time during our two month stay in The Villages. Steve has been reluctant in the past; I believe he viewed it as a sport for an ‘older generation’. His daughter and fiancé visited us in December. It was an activity we could do all together so we gave it a try. We were all hooked and played daily during their visit. We laughed, joked and teased each other constantly. In the end, the younger generation wore us down after 2 hours of play and beat us, 3-2.

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 Steve looks ready to collapse after their pickleball marathon with the “kids.”

BETH SCHULZ, Charlotte, NC

Which form of exercise do I like best? Brisk walking, occasional biking, lugging gymnastic equipment all over two big gyms, stretching and doing squat-thrusts and candlestick jumps with the girls I teach, lifting light and heavy weights in the form of budding gymnasts as I spot them doing their tricks, or jogging on a tumble track?

Of the above, none provides the strength, energy, feeling of well-being, plus relief of inflammation that a 1/2 hour memorized cardio/kick boxing/weight lifting/stretching routine  in the comfort of my own home at a set time of day or night does. Plus, it requires no dressing in specific garb or meeting at a designated place and time.

Combined with a highly nutritious diet of mostly raw fruits and vegetables I find I can maintain weight, strength and flexibility, plus avoid illness if I stick to this regimen, and can reverse pain from inflammation in joints, or sickness, if I just go back to it after being negligent.

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Beth has been teaching for 56 years if you count the backyard classes she taught when she was 10-years-old. She’s been teaching gymnastics since college. Here she is in her nightgown doing her common stretching move at 9:00 PM.

Stay tuned for Part Three!

Carol Baldwin’s most recent book is Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 (Maupin House, 2008). She is working on her first young adult novel, a multi-racial book set in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1950. Carol enjoys teaching writing, is a contributing editor to LitChat , and co-publishes Talking Story, a newsletter for educators and media specialists. Find her book reviews and writing tips at www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com. When she is not writing, you’ll find her on the golf course or reading to one of her five grandchildren.

Pickleball Photo Credit goes to Barbara Younger’s neighbor, Jerry Vinski, a pickleball whiz!

 

Exercise after Menopause? Of Course! (Part One)

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A post by writer and blogger Carol Baldwin:

Too many years ago than I care to admit, I suggested to Barbara that I write a blog post about exercising after 60. She loved the idea. But as we all know, sometimes there’s a gap between an idea and executing it.

By the time I decided I needed to make good on my promise, my husband had retired and we had moved to The Villages, Florida, where there are plenty of exercise options. I realized that it would be better for me not only to share how much exercise means to me now, but to share some of my friends’ experiences as well. I hope these women’s stories—some who are my North Carolina friends and others I have met in Florida–will inspire you to come up with your own exercise routine.

Here’s Part One:

LINDA ANDERSEN, Fayetteville, NC

Even on days when I groan (mostly inwardly) at the thought of going to the gym, my body benefits.  Having a gym partner helps keep me motivated.  These days, my husband and I attend together.  He likes to tell people that he’s going to work when he’s headed to the gym.

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Linda on the rowing machine.

As I exercise, this thought runs through my head, “Row, row, row.  Off to work I go.”  I really like this rowing machine and thank goodness it hasn’t capsized once.

Since beginning a regular exercise program a little over a year ago, I have noticed more pep in my step, I’ve lost 25 pounds, and prescription medications have been reduced or eliminated.  I have more mental clarity, a better handle on stress, and I’m a happier person.  I’m definitely a believer in the benefits of exercise.

Linda Andersen blogs at A Writer’s Playground and exercises at her local gym.

 

CION HUESKE, The Villages, Florida

Exercise is my middle name.  I’ve been active since I was a kid.  Was an avid runner once but my knee won’t hold up any more.  I  missed my running, but started walking instead.  Walking reduces health risks, improves stamina, confidence, energy, weight control and life expectancy. I’ve walked all over for so many hours with my husband spending quality time together and also doing a good deed picking up rubbish in the neighborhoods.  It’s a great feeling especially finding $$$$$ as a reward.  My personal best on my Fitbit was 61,555 steps, about 5,000 calories, for a total of 28 miles in one day.  My goal is to beat it again someday.  Living in the Villages makes me happy and I hope to live longer with all the activities we have.  Life is good.

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Cion finishing a 5k race on Oct 31, 2015. She took 9th overall in the 60 age group.

I did the race in 32 minutes; not bad for not running for a long time.  I was going to walk it but I started slowly and felt good so I decided to run it and kick some butt too.  But after that my knee hurts so I stick to walking or line dancing instead.

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Carol met Cion on the golf course. Cion’s an even better golfer than walker and inspired this blog post about golfing and writing. 

Stay Tuned for more exercise stories in Part Two!

Carol Baldwin’s most recent book is Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 (Maupin House, 2008). She is working on her first young adult novel, a multi-racial book set in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1950. Carol enjoys teaching writing, is a contributing editor to LitChat , and co-publishes Talking Story, a newsletter for educators and media specialists. Find her book reviews and writing tips at www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com. When she is not writing, you’ll find her on the golf course or reading to one of her five grandchildren.

The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Nineteen

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I found this lovely door above (and the bad news the sign announces) at a bagel shop in New York City.

This is a ladies room stall door at Ragga, an Indian restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The actual ladies room door has a similar styling, but the hallway is too dark to snap a photo.

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From my friend Ken, one of a few brave men helping me find doors, comes this unisex door at Mont Blanc, a Swiss restaurant on 48th Street, New York City.IMG_1224 (1)

From Susan comes this young lady who resembles one of the Big Eyes figures. Susan found  her at the Black Bear Restaurant in Pottersville, New York.
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Susan found this sprightly young lady at Le Cafetier in Sutton, Quebec.

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I took this photo at the Frankfort Airport.

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From Susan, Cacao 70 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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And East Side Mario’s in Bromont, Quebec.
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From reader Greta, a sign for a unisex bathroom at the Soda Shoppe in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

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From my friend Margot, came this email:”You have me looking at bathrooms in a whole new light. I finally found the photos among the thousands I took in Europe. The first set is of my favorite building in Prague – the Municipal Building. ”

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Margot wrote that the bathroom below is in “Dancing House,” a controversial modern building designed by Frank Gehry; the two round sections look like Ginger Rogers and Fred.” (Check out Gehry’s other amazing buildings here.)

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Margot continues: “The bathroom is at the top of Fred by his wire mesh head.” And note darling Margot in the mirror.

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Thanks, Margot, and thanks to everyone who photographed ladies room doors in the U.S. and overseas. I hope you’re having fun helping us look at bathrooms in a whole new light.