Getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down.
The stereotypical old man or woman sitting in a rocker waiting to die is dead. Thanks to greater knowledge of how our bodies work, modern medicine, and treatments, we can remain active well into our “Golden Years”.
But we can’t do it like we’re 20!
A senior fitness routine must take into account several factors:
- It should be easy on our joints
- It should be good for our cardiovascular system
- It should be something we can do every day
- It should definitely strengthen our legs and torso
- It should not leave us sore or ache
- It should be exciting to increase our dopamine levels ( a natural pain reliever)
- If possible, we’d rather not sweat
Luckily, there is an activity that provides all these benefits and more – Photography.
Wait. Wait. Wait.
Let’s back up a minute. I took two steps there instead of one.
Walking is the primary activity that covers all of the points listed above. In fact, doctors worldwide recommend walking as one of THE most beneficial exercises. Everyone says we should do more of it.
The problem is, it can get boring to just go out, day after day, and walk.
Let’s face it, we live in a high stimulus world right now. We are a nation of multi-taskers. We need more than just a walk, alone with our thoughts, to keep us motivated to continue.
That’s where photography comes in.
When you bring your camera along, suddenly your boring walk becomes an exciting safari. You’re on the hunt for a great scene to capture…with your camera.
Suddenly, your mind is not thinking of your walk as exercise, but as an exciting adventure. You never know what you’ll see today. What cool photos you’ll take to share with your friends or family.
As simple as it may seem, changing your focus from exercise to adventure can make all the difference between staying healthy or slipping into a sedentary lifestyle that will cripple your health and hasten your demise.
Consider bringing your camera along on your next walk. Look for interesting things to photograph. With the new digital cameras, the satisfaction is immediate. Not only will you go home feeling better because you took a walk, but you’ll have cool photos to share as well. Two for one…what a great deal!
For best results, consider taking a photography class. You’ll learn all sorts of new techniques that will improve your photo taking AND increase your interest. One of the great truths, when we get good at something, we like to do it more!
Stay fit. Stay healthy.
Next time you head out for a walk, leave your dog at home and bring your camera instead. Or bring them both for twice the fun
To learn more about the 24 surprising health benefits not normally associated with photography, pick up a copy of my new audio CD, “Your F-Stop Guide to Fitness”. You’ll listen in as I share 45 minutes of true-life stories, tips and tricks, including the 24 health benefits photography can provide. It’s the perfect senior fitness guide.
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