There are times, you know, when I do more exercise in my head than in actuality. If you asked me a couple of weeks ago how much exercise I did, I’d be saying ‘oh, I go to seniors gym and do a yoga session once a week’.

But do I? Actually, I’d been missing the odd gym session and then last week, for a variety of reasons, I missed my yoga session. Next day, when I was dressing, I twizzled round to get something (as one does) and ooops, my back twanged and I just knew something had happened. It manifested in my right hip giving way every now and then, and being unable to walk at more than a snail’s pace.  Has that happened to any of you? It felt as though I’d dislocated my hip – not a pleasant sensation. As I was going up to London to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty at the end of the week I was somewhat in panic mode.

To cut a long story short, I saw a physiotherapist, and it wasn’t my hip it was my back, and the answer was doing some exercises very similar to yoga positions. Anyway, I managed to get to London, but as I never, ever want to feel like that again I’m going to follow the physio’s advice and not miss my weekly exercise sessions. Moreover, I’m doing yoga every morning. And you may well say either, ‘that’s not for me’, or, ‘oh yes, and how long will she keep that up?!’  But do you remember the documentary Fabulous Fashionistas? I know that at least two of them (the wonderful model Daphne Selfe for one) did their exercises every day. So I am absolutely determined to do the yoga every morning.  I am approaching my 70th year after all, so I feel that exercise and, especially, focused exercise is something that one has to do to keep well and, above all, supple.

Once up in London I went to the Mole Clinic for my annual skin and mole check – important for someone like me with a history of sunbathing (only in my teens and 20s but sufficient to cause damage).

We stayed overnight in Pimlico – what a great area, loved it. Instead of rushing off to see an exhibition as we’d planned we mooched around getting the feel of the place.

And joy of joys, the area had 6 charity shops where I found two items at a very reasonable price. I didn’t take all that many pics, just went around absorbing the atmosphere and then #SavageBeauty the next morning – wonderful. Went with my very good friend Tricia Cusden of LookFabulousForever fame. And here’s a pic of me on the train on our way back home.

 I wore that hat throughout my visit to the V&A.

That’s all for now but do tell me about what you do to keep yourself fit and healthy.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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5 thoughts on “Physical fitness and me!

  • 28th April 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Great article and our exercise habits can vary depending on our busy lives but I agree about the importance of yoga for the health of the whole body. I have just stopped going to gym because I got tired of the atmosphere ( constant bombardment of video screes and music) but I love my yoga and walk 8 klms most days. Those two things make me happy when I’m doing them and that’s the key thing really! Love your posts and your positive attitude to life!

    • 1st May 2015 at 7:49 am

      Hi Paula and thank you for your comment. My gym is quite a small, uncommercial one so we don’t have video screens. And the seniors gym (55+) session is full of people much older than me and my word they’re fit! But one told me she’d been doing the seniors’ session regularly twice a week for over 20 years – I gasped, as that’s dedication. But then she said it’s to keep me moving – what can you say, she’s so right. Anyway, if I can just make the session once a week I’ll be pleased.

      But yoga is so good, isn’t it.

  • 1st May 2015 at 1:36 am

    I just found your blog. I am envious of your “finds” since I live in a small town and have to really work at searching out treasures. Thank you for inspiring me to be more adventuresome!

    • 1st May 2015 at 7:56 am

      Hi Christine, and thank you so much for your comment. I live in a really very small quite unfashionable town and it’s a town nearby that has the best charity shops for miles. But my town has 3 charity shops and in one of them there are the occasional ‘finds’ which are quite outstanding – that would include my Karen Millen dress that I got for 75p.

  • 2nd May 2015 at 7:22 pm

    At the moment I’m fully committed to doing at least 15 minutes exercise every morning, just a little movement, some weights and stretches, very simple and I don’t push myself. I feel so much better throughout the day, and if I miss it for some reason, then I feel the difference, less steady and focussed, and then there is the potential for the commitment to slip – all of a sudden one missed session turns into weeks.
    I really feel it is important to do what ever it is you choose regularly, as this is part of the support, make sure you enjoy it, and don’t push your body -you don’t want to do more harm than good!
    I’d like to recommend this site for yoga
    -they do online courses via fuze so you can do it from home, very practical and convenient. It is also very gentle with a focus on connection rather than forcing your body into poses.
    Here is another woman I discovered who is very inspiring in the way she presents exercise, she also offers online courses, and has inspired me to actually have fun when exercising!:

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