My focus on this blog is not so much on fashion, but also on fitness because let’s face it, as we age, it is not about always looking great while we work out, but rather just getting up and getting moving. Although a lot of us remain extremely busy in retirement, it is easy to skip the workouts and fill our calendars with social events and volunteering.
For the fashion part of this blog, I just want to emphasize for myself, I love working out in loose fitting clothing, so in the summer I throw on a cool breathable t-shirt and capris and hit the outdoors. In the Fall and Winter, I change up and trade my capris for long pants, and wear a hoodie instead of a T-shirt, if I am outside. All of these can be easily bought and stay within my $25 and under goal that I have set for myself. Of course, if you choose to pay more, there are options galore. And if you go to the clearance racks in stores, there are always workout clothes on sale, any time of the year.
For the fitness part of this blog, I would like to challenge you to get up and get moving if you are not already doing so. Or to just structure part of each day for at least 30 minutes of exercise. My challenge to myself is to walk at least 5 days a week. Since I watch my granddaughter 3 days, I push her stroller on a neighborhood walk and the days that I do not have her, I walk instead with my walking poles which are great for working the core part of my body as well as taking some of the strain off of my arthritic knees. Saturdays and Sundays are not structured for walking but it does not mean I don’t put the miles in through fun activities.
At our local aquatic Center, I can do water aerobics which I absolutely love and they offer a class on “old school” dance moves, for Seniors. Both of these are intriguing and will be added to my challenge as substitutions for getting those 30 minutes in, when opportunity prevail. Those are my goals. The key is to do something fun that will not be a chore or something you dread. Make it fun and if possible get a partner or join a group to keep the motivation going. Sitting is our greatest enemy as we age and while it is so easy to do for long periods, getting up and moving continues to be the best thing going for all of us!