Keeping the mind and the body moving

Posted by dorisena @dorisena, Tue, Apr 9 12:51pm

After i learned to work and achieve some goals I was hooked on seeing how far I could go. I also enjoyed helping others learn. I never liked the word “retire” because it seemed like no fun to disassociate from friends and life, which my in-laws did. I vowed to never retire. I soon learned that if I stayed independent, then no one would think they ever had to help with with the work load. So it has been difficult to need to slow down in life with this aging body and get the work done. So I downsized. I studied and learned to take better care of myself, but never learned to like exercise. Strange, isn’t it that I like to work but don’t like to exercise. That is because my work usually produced a product. I can’t actually see the result that exercise provides. I don’t look thinner and I don’t feel better some of the time. Then there is my short term memory which has given me problems since my forties. So I try to write things down, or nothing stays in my brain for long. My friends are so fearful of Alzheimer’s and I am more afraid of being neglected or rejected. So I reach out to available friends for comfort and help them when they need it. I must work hard to not have to say “I don’t know” in response to how to get help.
We are all in this journey together, I discovered, and none of us is without decline at our age. It is sometimes different in each of us. But together we can figure some things out and we can not sit for more than thirty minutes as the doctors recommend. It is our first start. We can eat better, for improved health. I do know that works in our favor. We can love each other, despite our bad days. We can be honest and ask questions. We are a team.
I never was on a team in school. They didn’t want me. Now I am on our team and we are going to win a few. I believe in us. I believe in God.
It is a good life so long as I remember to get our of the chair after thirty minutes. I wish I could get out of a car like Jackie Kennedy did for the photographers, and walk gracefully. It is never going to happen for me again. That’s o.k. I’ll think of something else. If I can remember. Dorisena

Hi, @dorisena – you may have noticed I moved your discussion on keeping the mind and body moving to the Connect Healthy Living group, where I think you will find some like-minded members interested in discussing this. I'd like to invite @ihatediabetes @grandmar @debbraw @bulgebattler @gardeningjunkie into this discussion to talk about keeping moving – even remembering to get out of our chairs after thirty minutes – eating better and improving our health to stave off decline with aging.

@dorisena – have you found any tricks to help you remember to get out of a chair after 30 minutes and go move around?

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Yes, but this is embarrassingly personal, but I will say it anyway. I am incontinent despite surgery and therapy, pills and all that, and I have to get to the bathroom often, so I don't sit for long periods. I get up three times in the night. I lost my cleaning lady/helper, so I have work to do. That keeps me from sitting for very long when I feel the crumbs on the kitchen floor in my bare feet. My mother believed you should never go anywhere unless your work at home was done. She is still guiding me from the grave, I believe. I must go sweep my floor now. Dorisena

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@lisalucier

Hi, @dorisena – you may have noticed I moved your discussion on keeping the mind and body moving to the Connect Healthy Living group, where I think you will find some like-minded members interested in discussing this. I'd like to invite @ihatediabetes @grandmar @debbraw @bulgebattler @gardeningjunkie into this discussion to talk about keeping moving – even remembering to get out of our chairs after thirty minutes – eating better and improving our health to stave off decline with aging.

@dorisena – have you found any tricks to help you remember to get out of a chair after 30 minutes and go move around?

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In kitichin- stretch/ little bending while waiting for water to boil etc, in bed- mini sit-ups , near walll- stretch- mini pushups against wall, fetch ball for dogs and kids- move. Move

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Thanks for being here to remind me. I live alone and even sent the cat to my daughter's because he was always underfoot and I thought I might fall. I talk to myself and think it is very therapeutic. You are the only one I admit it to, though. Ha Ha. The dog is outside but I speak to her every day. She only complains because I go back into the house. She announces visitors but I can't hear her in the house. I should get a job and talk to people. But I like communicating with friends on this site. Together we will do great things before we are finished here. And hopefully someone will remember our contributions to life.
Dorisena

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@dorisena

Thanks for being here to remind me. I live alone and even sent the cat to my daughter's because he was always underfoot and I thought I might fall. I talk to myself and think it is very therapeutic. You are the only one I admit it to, though. Ha Ha. The dog is outside but I speak to her every day. She only complains because I go back into the house. She announces visitors but I can't hear her in the house. I should get a job and talk to people. But I like communicating with friends on this site. Together we will do great things before we are finished here. And hopefully someone will remember our contributions to life.
Dorisena

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Just a suggestion. Visiting others, especially if they live alone, and learning about them and their lives is very interesting I have found. I meet a bunch of elderly gentlemen every Thursday for coffee at a seniors residence where they have started having staff visiting.
each of their residents once a week. Even people living in these residents often don't get to know others or get involved in any of the activities they have. Obviously some do appreciate this and some don't and some just need a little urging to break the ice initially. I am pursuing this further looking for ways to enhance peoples lives.
As well, I wear a Blaze Fitbit for tracking primarily my steps but it also tracks my sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and several other items which come in very handy for records as to how I am doing as I work on changing from a long time, very sedentary lifestyle to a healthy one including physical activity, nutrition, mental state and my green environment efforts. I also has a timer on it to remind me to stand up and move around at least once every hour. This watch was fairly expensive but they have a number of other styles with more limited options that do not cost as much.

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@bulgebattler

Just a suggestion. Visiting others, especially if they live alone, and learning about them and their lives is very interesting I have found. I meet a bunch of elderly gentlemen every Thursday for coffee at a seniors residence where they have started having staff visiting.
each of their residents once a week. Even people living in these residents often don't get to know others or get involved in any of the activities they have. Obviously some do appreciate this and some don't and some just need a little urging to break the ice initially. I am pursuing this further looking for ways to enhance peoples lives.
As well, I wear a Blaze Fitbit for tracking primarily my steps but it also tracks my sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and several other items which come in very handy for records as to how I am doing as I work on changing from a long time, very sedentary lifestyle to a healthy one including physical activity, nutrition, mental state and my green environment efforts. I also has a timer on it to remind me to stand up and move around at least once every hour. This watch was fairly expensive but they have a number of other styles with more limited options that do not cost as much.

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I thought of getting once of those watches because my granddaughter is motivated by hers, but I still am not up to speed enough to make it useful for me. If I only saw low numbers it would discourage me. My progress from my back surgery is slow, but I planted 40 strawberries today, and enjoyed digging the holes. The soil was perfect. I also cleaned a flower bed. It is a start and I am temporarily inspired to plant onions tomorrow. It feels wonderful to be able to touch the ground, leaning on a walking stick. I should send a photo to my surgeon because I don't think he expected that to ever happen. He didn't recommend any therapy. Dorisena

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Great job. You are obviously active doing stuff inside and out. Keep up the good work

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@bulgebattler

Just a suggestion. Visiting others, especially if they live alone, and learning about them and their lives is very interesting I have found. I meet a bunch of elderly gentlemen every Thursday for coffee at a seniors residence where they have started having staff visiting.
each of their residents once a week. Even people living in these residents often don't get to know others or get involved in any of the activities they have. Obviously some do appreciate this and some don't and some just need a little urging to break the ice initially. I am pursuing this further looking for ways to enhance peoples lives.
As well, I wear a Blaze Fitbit for tracking primarily my steps but it also tracks my sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and several other items which come in very handy for records as to how I am doing as I work on changing from a long time, very sedentary lifestyle to a healthy one including physical activity, nutrition, mental state and my green environment efforts. I also has a timer on it to remind me to stand up and move around at least once every hour. This watch was fairly expensive but they have a number of other styles with more limited options that do not cost as much.

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Does the Blaze Fitbit do the blood pressure well when you use it? I read reviews on the web that said the blood pressure does not work half the time, and I need to report mine to the doctor as he is insisting I take more medicine which drugs me too much to stay alert and drive. I only take one of the three required pills at bedtime. This week my blood pressure is 127/60 on the first check so something is working better, especially my attitude. I think it may be because I changed churches to avoid a couple of issues from toxic people that weren't being addressed. Presto! Good blood pressure. I have retired from dealing with toxic people, especially in the church. If I have more problems in the future, I will become a recluse. I found that shut-ins are treated well in some cases. It's a plan. Dorisena

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I was reading this thread because I have been using an app on my smartphone to track my steps. It seems to be working! Here's what google says about steps

An average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits.

I was a software engineer out of college, so I was curious one time as to how a smart phone calculates movement. It's possible that these devices can calculate 'a step' . Isn't that neat! I read through the software development kits one time on the code that is used. Wish I was back at work, that stuff is fun.

I do feel guilty at the end of a day when the step count is low, I find it boring to just go out and walk by myself. I have to have a purpose in my walk, like going to a convenient store and purchasing a drink along the way. I think the calories in the drink maybe cancelling out my walking! Something I'm working on. The heat is torture for me, in this weather, I've been staying inside in the air conditioning.

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@Erinmfs

I was reading this thread because I have been using an app on my smartphone to track my steps. It seems to be working! Here's what google says about steps

An average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits.

I was a software engineer out of college, so I was curious one time as to how a smart phone calculates movement. It's possible that these devices can calculate 'a step' . Isn't that neat! I read through the software development kits one time on the code that is used. Wish I was back at work, that stuff is fun.

I do feel guilty at the end of a day when the step count is low, I find it boring to just go out and walk by myself. I have to have a purpose in my walk, like going to a convenient store and purchasing a drink along the way. I think the calories in the drink maybe cancelling out my walking! Something I'm working on. The heat is torture for me, in this weather, I've been staying inside in the air conditioning.

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Walk a Muggle/ with friends- get a walking group together- birdwatching, Hike trail, dog walking ( spca and other rescues loves volunteers walking their dogs, walk the mall , etc
Stretch/ walk steps in home – leaning against walls , pushups, weights, etc
I tried to 6000. Used to 8000 or more. Mostly retired now

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I found this fun project and I wanted to share it. bumblebeewatch.org is an organization looking for an endangered bumblebee called the rusty patch. This week I went out on a bee hunt! I've had so much fun at it, and getting some fresh air and exercise at the same time. bumblebeewatch.org is a website that is looking for volunteers to photograph and identify bumblebees. I snapped a beautiful photo of what they tell me is a brown belted bumblebee.

rustypatch

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@Erinmfs
Hello Erin, I had never heard of the bumblebee watch organization. I agree that it is a great idea to get out of the house and explore new areas. I appreciate your posting about that and especially the picture. Do you use any products to protect yourself from getting stung?

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Hi @hopeful33250 , the bumblebeewatch.org website has a nice page that outlines their recommendations on photographing the bumblebees, I had to read that a couple times and it takes some practice. I'm finding that the bees aren't bothered by someone holding a phone over the flower. That photo I provied is enlarged actually on the bee, I wasn't that physically close to the bee or the flower. I had to read up on instructions on how to use my smartphone properly too. Like the website says, the bees have not really been aggressive toward me, and if I get too close, they just buzz away.

Here it is, it's kinda hard to find. Here are the tips for photographing the bees:
https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/photo-tips/

I'll add this too, my daughter works for the Iowa DNR, so I subscribed to their emailing list and receive regular updates. The DNR in Iowa requested that volunteers go out and survey the bees in their area, that's how I learned of this conservation effort (and fun exercise opportunity). Here's the article from Iowa
https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/2008/Join-the-search-for-Iowas-endangered-bumble-bee

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@Erinmfs

Hi @hopeful33250 , the bumblebeewatch.org website has a nice page that outlines their recommendations on photographing the bumblebees, I had to read that a couple times and it takes some practice. I'm finding that the bees aren't bothered by someone holding a phone over the flower. That photo I provied is enlarged actually on the bee, I wasn't that physically close to the bee or the flower. I had to read up on instructions on how to use my smartphone properly too. Like the website says, the bees have not really been aggressive toward me, and if I get too close, they just buzz away.

Here it is, it's kinda hard to find. Here are the tips for photographing the bees:
https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/photo-tips/

I'll add this too, my daughter works for the Iowa DNR, so I subscribed to their emailing list and receive regular updates. The DNR in Iowa requested that volunteers go out and survey the bees in their area, that's how I learned of this conservation effort (and fun exercise opportunity). Here's the article from Iowa
https://www.iowadnr.gov/About-DNR/DNR-News-Releases/ArticleID/2008/Join-the-search-for-Iowas-endangered-bumble-bee

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@Erinmfs That sounds like an enjoyable thing to do, to have a purpose in your walking! The problem for me is that I am allergic to bee stings, and do my best to stay away from those industrious critters!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@Erinmfs That sounds like an enjoyable thing to do, to have a purpose in your walking! The problem for me is that I am allergic to bee stings, and do my best to stay away from those industrious critters!
Ginger

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oh no! I guess I don't consider myself allergic to bee stings, but I haven't been stung. I have enjoyed getting out for a walk in the flowers and searching for bee photo opportunities, the weather has been nice recently.

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