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