Saturday, January 5, 2013

Diary of a Seventy-Something Who Hates Naps

When visiting bookstores, I invariably go to the fitness/exercise/health/diet sections. Rarely do I find works devoted to the interests and needs of people in their 60s, 70s, or beyond. If we are not a large enough demographic group, that is surely changing. But beyond numbers is the reality that as we age, it becomes all the more critical for physical and mental fitness for us to continue to be active and to move. "Use it or lose it" may be an overused expression, but it is 100 percent true.

Although I have worked in one of the most sedentary of occupations (writing and editing), I have always been a fitness nut. I served on the Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Virginia, and ran many 10Ks, 10-milers, half-marathons, and even a few full (26.2-mile) marathons. As I have come to confront assorted health challenges in my senior years, I have become an even more dedicated walker, with the invaluable assistance of a companionable dog.

This is my first post in what I plan to be a daily chronicle of the joys of maintaining an active life with the help of loyal dogs, playful grandkids, stalwart family members, and friends. I hope others will join me on this journey.

© Robert G. Holland 2013

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