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Growing Old Gracefully

September 23, 2015

We might all move differently, order but in the end we all have the same goal. Fitness. Our goal might be specific to sport – maybe you play in a softball or basketball league. You may be competing for the CrossFit Games. Maybe you just want to be able to pick yourself up off the couch (or let’s be honest some sort of porcelain throne) when you are in your 80’s without assistance. Some people get fit because it just makes them feel better.

I am lucky in that I get to work with kids 5 days a week. No one loves a burpee more than a 6 year old. The body mechanics of a child are pretty impeccable. Just check out the next toddler who passes by…perfect squat. Weight in the heels, knees out to the side, chest up and they can sit there longer than Kelly Starrett drinking a glass of wine. It is only over time that we lose that body positioning. Even worse now that “text neck” is becoming an epidemic.

Mobilization, body awareness (especially posture) and good movement are all ways we can grow old gracefully. We must be consistent with these and take time out to make sure we are not letting our bodies fall by the wayside. You may think you don’t have time to get a physical, or go in for a check up, but do you have the time for heart disease? Do you have the time for the aches and pains that pop up from not keeping up your strength?

Whether you are 8 or 80, there is no better time to start. I loved today’s article in the CrossFit Journal. If you have not found that gem yet, there is a treasure trove of information there. Today’s article was about Seniors getting their “Grace” on. Loved it!

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Just an early ThrowBack Thursday…any guesses as to who this short haired kid is?

 

Workout of the Day

10 Thrusters

20 Clean and Jerk

10 Thrusters

7 minute cap.

Men – 135, Ladies – 95

Gymnastics

OTM 10

5 Pullups (strict if possible)

5 Dips (strict, on rings if you choose)

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