What about walking?

What about walking?

Today I am committing to the 7day Your Turn challenge proposed by Winnie Kao, a member of Seth Godin’s team. This challenge is about producing and putting it out there. I usually post once a week, but how about this week, I send you, my readers, a daily challenge for your radical aging? We all get a little creaky during the aging process, but we don’t have to let it stop us. Matter of fact, if you do let it stop you, you will find yourself dead in your tracks. Movement is one of the key components to staying healthy. In the Blue Zones, the areas in the world where large pockets of people live healthy to 100+, the one thing they all had in common was that they walk 5 miles or more a day. But understand this, they didn’t put on their walking shoes and go out to complete a 5 mile walk, they spent time throughout the day getting around, doing chores, going to visit friends, and they spent time outdoors. I know, 5 miles? Are you kidding me? While this may sound like a lot, it’s really not and totally doable. This weekend I decided to go on a walkabout. I started from my house and went to a local coffee shop. From there I walked to lunch at a favorite restaurant. I then wandered around our little downtown. In all, about 6 miles. I then took the bus home, as it was close to sunset and here in the mountain desert, it gets cold when that sun drops. Your walkabout does not have to...
Radical Aging is a balancing act

Radical Aging is a balancing act

Who remembers the 1972 olympics and Olga Korbut? In my Tullahoma, TN neighborhood, we held our own olympics, got parents to judge, and even handed out medals. Everyone was so taken with her that summer. We all wanted to be Olga Korbut and fly on the uneven bars or balance on the beam. Her balancing act was amazing! Though not an olympic story by any means, here’s my tale of a balancing act. While visiting my children and grands this holiday season, one of my sons and I took the kids to the park for a little bit of play time. As we were walking, we heard a dog start barking and a huge bang. My son and I both turned to be sure the dog had not escaped his yard, and as we turned, I kept walking, but my grandson, who was riding his little training wheel bike stopped. Too late, I tripped over the wheel and I just could not stop myself and I fell onto the pavement. Luckily, I did not get hurt because as I fell, I rolled onto my side and sort of landed gently. I think I owe my lack of injury to my yoga practice, because even though I fell, I had enough balance to somewhat catch myself. Other than wounded pride, nothing was hurt. My son and oldest grand helped me up and we were on our way to the park, but it did give me pause and remind me, keep up the balancing act. As we age, injury from falls is one of the most dangerous things we face. However, we...
Wheeler Peak Style

Wheeler Peak Style

I am loving reading all the blogs, blogs, blogs on style for those of us over age 50, but I don’t think anyone is covering style on the peaks, and since I hiked Wheeler Peak this fall, I thought I would be the first to offer Wheeler Peak Style! I love being outdoors and hiking is my favorite way to do it and having the right equipment makes it a lot more fun.           This is what I wore when I did my first trek to the highest point of New Mexico, 13,161 ft (4,011 meters). My REI pants, easily rolled up and buttoned should it become hot, easy to move in, and breathable; a sleeveless breathable tank; a long sleeve, light weight, breathable t-shirt; a long sleeve blouse, UPF +50 from Columbia; a long sleeve blue hoodie, breathable with a little heft for warmth and a Prana jacket, wind resistant and water repellent. I brought my rain gear just in case, as storms often blow up across these mountains in the afternoon. Lucky for us, no rain. I wore my Merrell light weight, minimalist hiking shoes, with Wright brand, no blister socks. Was I stylish? Well, maybe. But was I prepared? Yes! I carried my REI Traverse day pack with food, water, rain gear and emergency gear, like a first aid kit and a space blanket. There’s quite conveniently attached a whistle to the cross strap in the front. How cool is that? Whatever you do in the great outdoors, having the right gear makes all the difference. I work part-time at REI Santa Fe and...