Get moving those stiff and buggered up parts

Can’t be all sweetness and light when we get old, but Brenda has ways to move those stiff joints.

Brenda Mallory

Here we go with another week under our belts. Time flies as they say. Before I started this column I had a look at the obituaries. I noticed I was not included but sadly I did know some of the good people who have passed away. Every week it is the same. People leave us and for the life of me I can’t get over the fact that I didn’t even know they were not well. I feel just a little guilty about that.

I know at this very moment when your are reading these words that you might be feeling poorly. A delayed reaction to the Christmas carry-on. A touch of flu or a nasty cold? I know from our discussions that some folks in my age bracket have sore this or that. A bad back hooked up to a sore hip. Knees a little wonky or those old feet not at all pleased with your early morning rising. Some of the above I experience as well. I have to be honest with and tell you all those kinks small and large make me very annoyed.

I said to myself this very day — enough! If I sit too long, I hurt. If I stay in bed too long, I hurt. Stiff neck and a buggered up shoulder.(Not sure I can say this). Did it anyway. Can’t be all sweetness and light when we get old.

After I had a good talk with myself I decided the best thing for me is to get with it and exercise these old body parts. I know it is tough for some of you to get outside. You would be surprised all things you can do in the confines of your home.

You can use your cane to do some stretches. Hold on to the back of a sturdy chair and stretch those legs. Use a stretch band for stretching. Get some free weights so your arms can be stronger. I have a set of four-pound weights by my bed so when sleep seems far away, I use those for a bit. Stretch your neck this way and that. Just ignore that cracking sound.

I have a short hallway that I can walk up and down using my cane to make sure my posture is OK. From time to time I drag a string with a piece of paper attached so the cat can get something out of this new approach. Mind you the cat gets bored with too much of this repetition.

Even if you are confined to your bed you can use a free weight or stretch while holding your cane. Remember we do get out of this new year all we put into it. Let me know if you try something that works for you. Good luck with whatever you try.

Before I leave today I ask you to look at and study Melatonin. I don’t mean use it but maybe ask your health care provider. Maybe something in Melatonin will help you. Always worth a try. Just the studying is good for us as is the physical exercises you are trying. Exercise your mind!

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