Scientifically established reasons for exercising appear in the press at strikingly frequent rates. The benefits of exercise have been well founded now for decades and even centuries. Here’s something I read today in the New York Times that further reveals how beneficial taking care of your body is.
A brief personal story about aging and exercise. I was very fortunate to have a wonderful grandmother who had suffered much in her life but who had steadfastly refused to give in to time and bodily decay. After a terrible car accident in her late 30s that almost crippled her: damaging her spine, breaking her wrist, killing her husband and almost taking away her resolve to live, she managed to fight through the various challenges associated with the accident and got better. She maintained a strict morning regiment of stretches and exercises and made sure to eat healthy. In her eighties, mentally sharp and still independent, the doctors marveled at her physical health. Despite a distorted spine, she had managed to create enough core strength to avoid the likely deterioration that would have taken place without her disciplined approach to life. I admire her, and am thankful for her influence in my life. As is said, “the proof is in the pudding.” Take care of yourself and life will take care of you.