Today, after swimming, I stopped and chatted with a woman who had just worked out at the gym. She was tall, with long grey hair, and excellent posture. You could tell that she worked out regularly. "I'm 83," she told me. I was so impressed! She uses the weight machines every day. I am meeting more and more seniors who are strong, fit, and disciplined. They all make exercise a habit, and seem happy, at ease, and self assured.
"I was watching you swimming; that's good exercise. Is the water cold?" she asked. "Yes, but I like it," I answered, enthusiastically. I find hydrotherapy invigorating. After doing my laps, it feels wonderful to relax in the sun, enjoy a few snacks, and then slather on some sunscreen." I like to absorb some vitamin D for the first half hour or so.
I hopped on my bicycle and pedaled back home. Several neighbors waved to me from their cars as we headed up the hill and around the bend. Living in a walkable town is a great opportunity to leave the auto at home when running errands or taking short trips. It also helps the businesses, who may need the extra parking spaces for customers.
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