Sedentary means to be inactive, or underactive. As one ages, a primarily sedentary lifestyle becomes apparent in one’s level of flexibility, resiliency and energy.
I have weekly movement classes to help people restore their natural state of ease and vigour. The main age bracket is 50 upwards.
Why? Because once a woman reaches that menopause age, the youth hormones are no longer actively recharging the cellular batteries and there’s a very real, deep awareness that life is slipping away and if they don’t do something now, they’re going to live the rest of their life shadowed and restricted by the repercussions of past lifestyle choices.
It’s never too late to make changes to restore natural self healing, self adjusting and self determination and with it, the joy of being at ease with ones self on all levels.
How to make a start?
First thing, forget about trying to be youthful again, it’s not going to happen and why should you want it to?
If life is an adventure, then moving fearlessly into the unknown is the adventure, not backtracking over well trodden pathways.
Next thing, accept where you’re at in your life, wrinkles, sagging skin, stiff body and all, you are so much more, which you’ll discover as you begin moving in new ways.
Chose a simple and slow movement program to get you going again.
Trying too hard or too quickly before your body is ready is counterproductive and can leave you feeling frustrated, judgmental and likely to quit.
Chose a movement style and teacher who offers simple, easy lessons with plenty of time and instruction for you to explore the movement safely.
I recommend anything that focuses on developing movement with awareness.
It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it, otherwise we’re just ticking boxes, marking off time, same old, same old.
Don’t think of it as exercise, you’re connecting to your consciousness through the aware movement of your body.
Once you get free movement back into your joints, then you’re ready for stronger more active movements, whatever takes your fancy.
Remember, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it, so everything you do is a meditation in motion, then you’re always present and ready to adjust your posture in all circumstances, keeping you balanced and calm.
Growing old doesn’t need to be painful and sorry. We create our life through our belief systems, so believe you are source, you are limitless, you are love and this short time as a human is a performance created and acted out by you.