Can we talk? Between you and me, I have a confession. I think I am getting older. In fact, I don’t just think, I have actual evidence of it.
Number 1: is the day I tried to put my socks on and I couldn’t reach my feet. What on earth happened during the night? Did my arms suddenly shrink? I could always reach my feet before this.
Number 2: is the time I went to get on my bicycle and I couldn’t get my leg up and over the seat. What on earth happened here? I’ve been riding a bicycle since I was seven years old.
But Number 3 was the worst indignity of all: as I bent down to pick something up from the floor, I grunted. Oh no, not that too! I remember my elderly parents grunting every time they bent over.
Clearly emergency remedial action needed to be taken! But what? I diagnosed the symptoms – surely stiffening muscles were obviously at fault. I sprang (well, maybe “sprang” is not quite the right word) into action. I made up a series of stretching exercises to do first thing in the morning to loosen my back so I could reach my feet again and then added some hip stretches so I could hop (okay, maybe “hop” isn’t quite the right word either) onto my bike. Suffice to say so far so good, both strategies are working. But what to do about the grunting? Now I understand why my mother-in-law simply kicked offending items out of the way as she walked through a room. No bending and grunting for her. But how practical is that? I needed another solution. By trial and error, I discovered that if one takes a deep breath in while bending down, it will do the trick. Not a peep can escape when one is breathing in. Victory!
Resistance is not futile; at least not for the next little while and I figure I’ve got some time before further action will need to be taken. And there you have my happy story, dear reader; a modest proposal for remedy and a conviction to remain an upright and walking warrior with my TPW friends until the end (hopefully) of my days.
P.S. Hot Tip – Dr Fauci was interviewed by Jane Brody (both are eighty years old) about how to remain healthy as one ages. Dr F no longer runs marathons but he power walks 3-4 miles every evening. Sounds like us…