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Physical activity used to be hugely important to me. It raised my energy level enough to cope with some horrible life circumstances. Then I seemed to have a few years of intermittent injuries or illnesses.

Now I have the fantasy that I'm still fit, but I'm actually not.
I would like some support for enjoying physical activity again. I'm not really sure what I'm able to do: body and energy level certainly declining. I would like to find something to do because I love being in my body...

So far this year I signed up for two classes - badminton and flow yoga - then found that one takes place on a night that I have a commitment and the other is freaking impossible to get to without your own transport.

I know I can do this. I do exercises most days. More energetic stuff I need to build up and be sensitive to my limitations.

There is some sort of inner conflict involved, as in "I want to be loved for myself, not just because I'm energetic and slim". "I'm tired of doing what is good for me".

I do love to dance, but it's ages since I found a peer group that dances informally - so that is another missing pleasure.

Hope it would be ok to use this thread occasionally as a check-in with anyone else participating who feels moved to do so?

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I've never been much into exercise or any kind of sports. I've also struggled with a bad low back since I was a young adult. Over the years, I learned some physical therapy exercises for my low back. I've also done yoga as well as some simple Tai Chi. But every time I would get a good routine going, I'd re-injure my back (either doing my exercises or doing yard work or home maintenance projects.) And by the time it would heal I'd have lost the motivation to continue on.

The best thing I did for my low back problems though was simply to walk. And that's what I still do. We have a small dog. But we don't have a yard. So he goes for long walks a couple of times a day regardless of the weather. Our doggie is getting older now & I don't know how much longer we'll have him. (Hopefully a long time yet.) However, once he's gone (assuming I'm still among the living) I may try to fire my old yoga practice back up. I'm a reclusive old geezer. So I have no interest in classes.
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Hi, saidso. Sure, this thread is a great idea! I can't run or even walk very well right now because of a bum knee. The doc says a knee replacement is in my future. But I try to walk some anyway.

Dancing sounds like fun.
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Thank you both very much for your replies. I actually went backward (!!!) after posting this because I found an excuse to only do one third of my exercises. I'm decorating the house so there is always some wonderful hole waiting to be filled so that I can paint over it next morning.

But really, exercising every day is a "rule" just like tooth brushing. Not just a rule, for me it's about choosing to take time for myself even when I'm angry, or miserable about something. As I get older, I figure that these good or bad choices affect other people around me for better or worse also.

So I am very thankful for your attention and contributions !!!
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Hi Travelling Lady,
I managed a full day of decorating and later exercises and I think with your encouragement I might put on some music and dance for five mins. Will you join me?

Sorry if you don't like my new avator. I was looking for something dancing but they all looked daft, so I got a Chinese new year lion dance mask. Not perfectly what I wanted but just for now.

I see people getting older around me, and I am lucky to have energy and fitness if I take care of myself. Need that energy to fight for a better life plus as people around me get this and that I need the energy to stay with them but not get sucked in.

I was with some kids last month in a big room and we just put on music and danced. At first it seemed weird, but later it felt nice.

Part of what gets me stuck is that people take my energy for granted, and don't realise that it takes motivation battling against the "what's the point"... so I specially appreciate you here.

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Hi Skeezyks,
Pleased to meet a reclusive geezer! Nice to hear about your dog companion on walks, and sorry to hear about your back. One reason that I try to exercise regularly (daily?) is to appreciate my body. I had injuries - knees - I was on crutches but didn't want to be operated, so I said to my knees every day.... thank you (lol). The only thing that I could think of was the superstitious idea of telling them how much I value their contribution. Plus I exercised as much as was comfortable and the docs said it was impossible but it worked.

I also snapped a bone last year but it healed fast. Bodies are amazing.

I probably spend the same amount of time tuning my body that men spend tuning their cars. If I exercise then my mood gets better and my body tells me to eat healthy.

The opposite is withdrawing to the known universe inside me.

Hugs and thanks! A pat for your dog - I love dogs!
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Hi saidso,

I wish I could find physical activity as helpful as you do. I have tried it and it just makes me miserable. I know it is good for my body though, so I am trying to find something I enjoy doing. Have you tried some low impact stuff like walking or swimming?
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Sure, saidso, I'll dance and I love hugs.

As we get older, moving hurts! But up to a point we need to keep moving, don't we?

I try to do some housework and count that as exercise, too.
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Sure, saidso, I'll dance and I love hugs.

As we get older, moving hurts! But up to a point we need to keep moving, don't we?

I try to do some housework and count that as exercise, too.
I used to dance a lot in my 20's, but I didn't do any other exercise LOL.

I know you're supposed to do it, but it's a chore for me. And contrary to what's touted as a cure-all for what ails you, or give you energy, etc., it doesn't do that for me. I end up exhausted, hot, sweaty,and irritable.

I go to the gym 3 times a week and I try to walk when I can. But it's not nice to walk around here; it's so busy and so many signals/cars to watch out for.

This is why I prefer the treadmill at the gym, where I feel safer. On Sundays I try to walk/jog/run on it for about 2 miles. Sunday is the most boring day of the week for me, and I find jogging/running blows off steam better than other cardio stuff like the stairclimber. People piss me off so much lately.

Most of the time I keep the incline at zero, but sometimes I try to raise it a bit so I'm going up hill for a bit. But then I have to decrease the speed....

Yup, housework is exercise, though I don't do that as much as I "should" either as it's downright tedious and tiring.

Supposedly the less we do, the less we will be ABLE to do so moving is important. Still, I find it hard, as it's a chore like I said. It's flossing or doing laundry, two other tasks I hate but that one needs to do.
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Flossing and doing laundry, hah! The thing that gets me wingeing is ironing double duvets after having visitors. They always say that they will bring sleeping bags and forget.

NoNightOwl you are an inspiration. What kind of dance did you do in your trenties? I did acrobatic dance - it was an eruption of rebelliousness after being mocked for dancing as a young child.

If I could get to running 2 miles I would be ecstatic! Big smile coming your way. I don't know whether I can still run at all because years ago my knees were injured. But that was years ago and knees are painfree now. I run for buses and suppose that if I can't run I could stumble jerkily around which would pace my heart rate a bit.

I see a lot of runners in my neighbourhood and some are not in lycra and have white hairs. I am just not-motivated. So thanks very much for inspiring me by your efforts!

Sometimes exercise for me feels like flossing, but once I get a regular routine going then exercise is more like washing up the cups while I am brewing coffee. It becomes something that I do automatically, and I like having the reserves of energy to fall back on.

Gym 3 times a week hah - good effort !

At least I've done exercises again today - without motivation but I didn't give way to distractions. Will be off line for next few days but will look forward to exchanging more about this at the weekend.
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