This post is written to encourage all of you who’ve been thinking about taking up some exercise but are still at that thinking stage – I’ve been there and done that! It’s also written to show you that we’re all human and that often we dither and are unsure about what’s best to do – that’s definitely me at the moment. For instance, look at how I behaved in the past. All the research says that exercise is key to healthy ageing, and I was all for it. I wasn’t going to ignore that advice, but I did more exercise in my head than in actuality. And I even gave up a weekly class and thought normal everyday activities including gardening and a fair amount of walking would do. No, it wasn’t enough. I got stiffer and stiffer, had a definite slant to the right in the morning when I got up (not joking – it was quite tilt). And that ‘old-lady’ back? Yup, when I caught sight of myself in shop window, I had that.
But now I do Pilates twice a week, and specific strength and resistance exercises tailored to my needs 5/7, plus brisk uphill walking (running/jogging is taking a back step for the moment). And as a result, after not all that many weeks, I stand tall and don’t tilt quite so much in the morning. I also feel good doing this exercise. All the research says that as you age exercise is necessary (which doesn’t have to be centred around a gym or have to be excessive) but don’t forget the feel-good factor to exercise, which you experience once you start getting into a routine. Taking all that into consideration, why wouldn’t you exercise? And yet, read below, I’m still ignoring or perhaps, chafing at good advice.
But first, here I am again at the gym for my Pilates class wearing my hot-weather gear; my green pineapple dress and that Mad Hatters hat.
This is a great hat as you can roll it up in your suitcase. There’s been a welcome break from all our hot weather as we’ve had some rain – yay! But that hat will be coming out again soon as we’re going to heat up towards the end of the week. Btw, the reason I keep taking pics in the gym is that the lighting is so much better than the light at home.
Anyway, here’s the thing, doing exercise 5/7 is practically a doubling of the exercise I’ve been doing since April, when I started the programme, and is on the advice of a medically trained nutritionist (link here – he also said eat two tins of sardines a week. I’ll try!) plus my GP (she didn’t go into specifics but said, ‘go for it’) and all because a recent scan showed I have osteopenia and osteoporosis in various bones around my body. It’s the forearm for the latter. Do you know the most common fracture in the older age group? I thought it was the wrist because you put your hand out as you fall and crunch, but it’s not, it’s spinal compression fracture. And what I read on the site frightened me – good, as that’s what I need, a good fright.
You see, I’ve been resisting taking that bisphosphonate medication (the once-a-week one) for years. And then again, I’ve just read the leaflet that comes with the tablets (I have a month’s supply) and feel equally intimidated (almost horrified, really) by the possible side-effects, some of which sound quite common when they’re at 1 in 10. Why have I resisted them? One, because of my digestion, which is pretty poor (which the GP knows about) and two, my dad died of CA oesophagus, so I’m not keen anything that can irritate that tract. I’m near to 60% certain I will try them (this coming Sunday) and 40%, gosh, no way, which is better than how I was, when I was 99% certain I wouldn’t touch them with a bargepole.
Is there anyone out there, who’s OK with this medication? If you are, do let me know. See, that’s my block to overall fitness, as most of the medical profession would say, take it, fgs, it’s for your own good. But, tbh, I don’t truly want to.
However, as I passionately believe, that we should take responsibility for our health as we age, I do feel in somewhat of a dilemma. Am I sticking my head in the sand and up the proverbial or am I sticking up for my rights to say no? Not sure.
In the meantime, I also believe that we should buy that frock now and go and have that adventure while you can. And while I feel we should engage with life including the issues that we’d all like to block our ears to (like Brexit – see below) this is why I read the fashion mags and take (some) note of what these young fashion journalists have to say. It’s good to be frivolous and have fun agreeing and disagreeing with so-called trends that are conjured up from who knows where.
For instance, did you know that wearing white clothes is a thing now? That has to be because of the weather, because no Brit would ever wear white in the grey drizzle of our usual summer. I exaggerate somewhat, as we do get some sun, but not for two months as we’ve just experienced and at that height of temperature.
Anyway, look what I found! A white dress that is really cool to wear.
Not sure where I’ll wear it, but at £4.99 it’ll stay in my wardrobe until I find the right occasion. I am also keeping strictly to my one-in-one-out resolution with a nearly full charity shop bag ready to be taken to the charity shop.
That’s all for now, but do let me know what you think about me dithering about this medication.
With love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
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Plus, this is 10 days since I last posted here, but I was on My Other Blog, writing a post on Brexit. Please note, I encourage discussion on My Other Blog, but I expect people to be polite and respect the post and everyone’s comments even if they are the polar opposite to your ideas on this subject. I think it’s interesting to explore views other than one’s own.