I tried a Barre class today. Essentials, the 60 minute class consists of a variety of stretches and lifts that utilize many of the muscles in your body. The goal of the class is to create long and lean muscles, and help increase flexibility. I’ve never been a flexible person. In my youth I had trouble touching my toes and doing splits, and my flexibility quotient has only decreased with age. I’ve begun to dread any activity that requires sitting on the floor. It takes me hours to stand back up. Ok maybe I exaggerate…a little. Last year I ended up with a case of heel spur, most probably caused by not stretching my legs after exercise. So I’m trying to add stretching into my daily routine. I stretch first thing in the morning. I get to the gym a little early so I can warm up my body, and I don’t leave class early and skip the cool down. The foam roller has become my best friend. I think the path to aging gracefully and maintaining a healthy body begins with keeping the body loose.
But……your mind must remain flexible as well. Often, as we age, we become set in our ways. We read the same type of things, watch the same type of shows, do the same sort of activities. There is nothing wrong with doing things you enjoy. There is nothing wrong with having the same hobbies. There is nothing wrong with reading the same authors…..
You need to venture out of your mental comfort zone. Your brain needs exercise as much as your body does. It’s fun to try something new, you may actually like it. And if you don’t, it gives you a fun story.
I enjoyed my Barre class today, even though I really didn’t know what I was doing. Though it was hard, both my mind and body were invigorated. Now, my body might be a bit stiff tomorrow, but that’s ok. My mind is going to be open.
Happy Friday! Try something new!