Suzanne: Stretching Is A Necessity

Suzanne stretching with rubber band stretcher 1

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Hello there, it has been a long while since I last shared my keep fit tips online. As you know, I keep exercising on a daily basis to keep fit. One of the routines is to stretch my muscles.

Do read up on the benefits of stretching (click here and here to read) so you will know how important it is, especially when one advances in age.

As they say, if you don’t use the muscles, they will go to waste, so I make sure I stretch daily – as it is a simple but very necessary activity.

I find that stretching with a resistance band like the one in the photos, helps to deepen the stretch, which in turn, gives the muscles a better ‘strengthening work out’.  The photos above were taken in 2012, when I was 88, and I am still at it, at the age of 90. Praise the Lord!

But as in all cases, please know that I have been exercising and stretching for many years, and I know how my body adjusts to the different routines I have.

The smart thing to do is to know when to exercise caution. If in doubt, please consult your dr in advance for advice.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead!

Amen

Suzanne

Clothes Pegging My Fingers For Health!

Suzanne's Reflex-ClampingAfter reading Mildred Carter’s book on “Hand Reflexology: Key to Perfect Health”, in which she uses reflex clamps to clamp one’s finger tips and in between the fingers, as a form of self-reflexology, I started to do the same.  However,  in place of the ‘reflex clamps’, I use the humble plastic clothes pegs.

I carry the clothes pegs everywhere with me and whenever I have idle hands for a few minutes, I clip them on my finger tips, ensuring that the cushiony pads of the fingers are included.

For my knuckles, I use clothes pegs too, but the ones with the bulging curved ends, that fit easily around the fingers or knuckles.

When I started working on my fingers with these clothes pegs, I could only take them 1-2 minutes at a time, but after repeated use, I am able to leave them on for up to 10-15 minutes per session.

Soon after using the pegs a few times, I began to notice small improvements to my overall health.  I believe the results of constant use will turn out differently for each individual.

When the finger tips are pegged for a few minutes at a time,  the circulation in one’s system is activated and if one reads about reflexology,  it explains the details more clearly.

Here are a few links on the subject, which might interest some of you…(please click on the blue topics):

* About reflexology

* Tips by Mildred Carter Reflexology

* Hand Reflexology

On a closing note, please remember that this is what I do regularly and it is working well in my favour. However, if anyone is uncertain, it is best to first consult with your doctor before trying anything new.

Until the next time, Amen.

Suzanne

Style At Any Age

Suzanne and Tony - a stylish couple at 88 and 89 this year.

Suzanne and Tony – a stylish couple at 88 and 89 this year.

We chanced upon a blog by a young man named Ari Seth Cohen who is waking the world to the fact that advancing in age can be made so much more interesting with one’s own sense of style.

While Ari is preoccupied with talent-spotting ladies in New York City and bringing them into the spotlight via his Advanced Style blogspot, all ladies around the world will surely be able to identify with the varied thoughts of the ‘stars’ of Ari’s blog and about how they have arrived at their own stylish equilibrium, through the years.

It is a most noble undertaking, what Ari is doing, as beauty evolves with maturity and one’s style takes on many forms. Most interestingly, the end result is unique to every individual.

Read more about Ari’s wonderful efforts in Ari Seth Cohen’s Portraits of Older Women in New York Times.

I so enjoy seeing how the ladies featured in his blog live life to the fullest and dress to the nines for no or any occasion on a daily basis. Such joy they derive from doing so, if not to please others, then just to please themselves.

And do you think these ladies are concerned about what others think of them? NOT AT ALL…just as an example, here are a few links you MUST click on to and READ:

Always look your best

Don’t try to look younger, just look as wonderful as you can

I don’t want to look younger…

So ladies (and gentlemen), think about it, and brighten up your days by dressing up to your heart’s desire! You do not have to be in New York to do so, wherever you are is just fine! Amen…

Suzanne & Tony

On A Positive Dance Note…..

As all researchers have found, exercise at any age can only bring on positive vibes to your mental and physical well-being.

One way to exercise and to have fun whilst at it, is to take up dance lessons – no matter what your age. This Chinese lady shows you how she ‘dares to be different’, and is enjoying herself immensely…please click here to see her in action.

If you are not convinced about the positive benefits her zest for life does for her, just read on about the benefits of dancing for health in this link.

Naturally, when you are game to dance as a form of   exercise, it fuels your positive outlook on life, which in itself, is a   powerful source to keep you on the right track to keeping you feeling better   about everything… please click here for more on the health benefits of Positive Thinking.

We are up to dancing at the drop of a pin — are you? Smile and stay positive in every way!

Amen.

Singing for joy and good health!

Suzanne blowing balloons to strengthen her lung capacity

I took singing lessons at the age of 72 (16 years ago), and was told I had to increase the capacity of my lungs by blowing balloons daily. So I blew about three balloons, two times a day, on the average.  You have to blow till it is large enough, but not too much that it bursts. Those days, I used to get a supply of balloons from Beijing, which seemed stronger than the ones made here.

This exercise helped increase the strength and volume of my voice, which my voice teacher categorized as ‘timbre’.

I am happy to sing along with the choir at church – and though I am the most senior in age amongst the members of the two different choir groups I am part of – when we are singing, we are all tuned into the same happy wave length. I sometimes sing solo at church or upon request at special social gatherings, which I totally enjoy as it gives me the chance to share my God-given gift with others.

Suzanne amidst a sea of happy faces – part of the church choir at Christmas

At the same time, so say the researchers, singing brings about positive vibes to one’s health system.

It is all about bringing more oxygen into the lungs while exhaling carbon dioxide, which in turn leads to increased alertness and linked to better overall health.…. Perhaps you should read more about it by clicking here.

The article also quotes one singing coach on the subject of singing: “It is almost indescribable…..it’s an incredible endorphin rush…you feel like you have a spring in your step….”  That is probably how all singers, amateurs or otherwise, feel after singing their hearts out.

In another article about Singing to Your Health, it tells more about how singing helps to improve the health in different ways… please click here to read more on this subject. 

The above-mentioned article also mentions that singing contributes to keeping asthma at bay – much like balloon blowing does. I am sure both activities have been helpful in some way, towards keeping my occasional asthma under control – of course, in my case, I practise deep breathing and do my finger yoga (Mudras) exercises on a daily basis as well (more on Mudras in a different post).

If interested to read more about how balloon-blowing is beneficial for health, please click on the following links: Balloon blowing and health and Lung exercises with balloons.

So my motto is: It is never too late to sing or to exercise – here’s to improving our health, the fun and happy way!

Amen

Two Stepping Suzanne

Suzanne (with hat) climbs up the steep flights of brick stairs easily with a gentleman's arm for light support

In December 2011, we decided to visit Penang Hill to test out the new funicular train – and to an afternoon tea & scones treat at David Brown’s , as many of our young friends had recommended it to us over the years.

 We made it to the Hill with minimal queuing time, and after perhaps more than 30 yrs (?) since our last visit, we felt like tourists, stepping off the train into a cooler environment despite the hot late afternoon sun, filtering through the shady trees at the hilltop station.

After a quick tour of the vicinity, we headed towards the long-awaited highlight of the afternoon… but…. nobody told us about the massive number of steep steps we had to climb to get to our tea and scones!

Happily, with one hand on my godson’s arm, I made it up rather easily, with hardly a stop halfway up to catch my breath. Not bad at all for an 87 year old gal with low heeled sandals (if I may say so myself)!

 And, I might add, the traditional English afternoon tea, complete with delicate triangular sandwiches, cakes, tarts and scones, (Tony gave two thumbs up for the freshly made mulligatawny soup, which he was pleased as punch about) were well worth the climb up to the Monet-like garden setting.

Going down the same flights of brick-steps was a picturesque experience, as we took in the panoramic views around us and appreciated beautiful floral varieties that bloom so well in the cooler environs of Penang Hill.

Taking two steps at a time is all in her stride, when going up the stairs at home....

I owe my agility to the on-going exercises I have been doing over the years….which have helped to maintain and strengthen my leg muscles and joints.  One of my normal routines, which has become second nature to me, is to climb up the stairs at home, two steps at a time (though not when I am in my qipao or when wearing my heels). When I descend the stairs it is done one step at a time.

This research shares some facts about two-step-stair climbing….for those who might be interested to know more.

Amen.

Suzanne.

NOTE: Please remember, before you do any new keep fit routines, do consult your doctor for advice, and always work out in the safest way possible.

Keep fit regime … at 87 or any age…!

Hold this position for a few minutes, before going on to my daily routine.

Exercise with a smile, it is easy!
This is the 2nd in my series of four keep fit positions…
It gets easier with constant practice…..

For years, I  have done these simple exercises twice a day – upon waking and before sleeping… it is so easy… as you can see from these poses..