Aging Gracefully Blog
Archive for May, 2011
Just got back from Florida, where the bright skies and gorgeous scenery beg you to come out and play. I love the feeling of exercising out of doors – jogging, swimming, doing calisthenics and stretching. We have a Fit Park at the end of our street and the variety of exercises you can do on the bars is amazing…as well as challenging. I wonder if I'll ever be able to do a pull-up!
Next time I'm thinking of getting a jump rope and a hula hoop so that I can re-visit some of my favorite childhood pastimes. (But I think I'll forego the stilts and pogo stick – that would just be too weird!) There will definitely be a learning curve – hard to imagine that activities that used to be second nature have become daunting.
Bill Ringle, host of the audio magazine "My Quest for the Best" invited me to be a guest on his show to discuss issues relevant to entrepreneurial growth. During the course of the interview, Bill draws out valuable business lessons. Some of the great questions you’ll hear us discuss are:
-What single strategy or tactic has been working the best to help you grow your business in the last six months? How has this strategy led to more publicity and sales?
-To create a mind-set shift to go to the next level in business, you need to look at the numbers, the hard facts. How do you track and measure concrete results?
-What is one of the most important misconceptions that people have regarding their health and fitness?
-What are the opportunities to move that most people are overlooking?
-At what point in your business career did you turn a corner and start thinking of your opportunities, capabilities, personal abilities and impact in a whole new way?
Listen to the whole My Quest for the Best interview with Bill Ringle to find out my answers to these questions and the surprising, yet practical insights revealed in the interview.
Last week I was privileged to attend the "Healthy Cities: Healthy Women" conference, sponsored by U Penn and the School of Nursing. The theme of the conference was empowering women to change the world. Since women are at the center of families and communities, they are the connectors to healthcare, to schools and to other vital aspects of urban infrastructure.
A variety of experts offered a multi-disciplinary approach for addressing challenges to women's health issues in an urban environment. One of my favorite speakers was the leading architect Margaret Castillo who talked about "fit cities" and buildings with an "active design" which can increase physical activity. For example, if you encounter an open staircase when you enter a building, you're more inclined to take the stairs than look for an elevator. Outdoor cafes promote walking. And ramps leading up to park entrances encourage the aging population to keep walking, especially if there are benches along side them to permit a rest stop.
I personally relate to the sense of empowerment that comes from physical activity, especially from a strength training program. Being strong builds confidence and self-esteem. It means that you can be more independent and self-reliant, more resilient to illness and injury. It makes it easier to get through the day with energy and have a reserve to meet unexpected demands. It's one thing that we all can do to improve our quality of life.
On May 2, I was thrilled to be the first guest on Dr. Larry McCleary’s exciting new Blogtalkradio show, “Brain-Body Breakthroughs.”
On this hour long show, Dr. McCleary will be interviewing experts in the fields of health, medicine, fitness and mind-body healing.
Our segment focused on bone health. Listen in as we discuss:
· Tips about keeping bones strong through the ages
· Myths about strength training in women
· 5-point exercise plan for osteoporosis
· Fitness goals for all age groups, from 18 to over 50
· Pointers for enhancing self-confidence in the job market
Note: This is interview is 45 minutes long in it's entirety.