Thursday, November 20, 2014

While standing tall

So now I'm within three months of age 60 and a new decade in my life - if I make it!  Wise enough, though, to know that I can be here today and gone tomorrow.

But as of right now, the plan is to be here today and tomorrow so I'm training with that in mind.

Sitting for a living and glued to my computer keyboard while working, aging and other forces known and unknown to me, within my control for the most part, make me on some days wake up feeling like an old rodeo cowboy who has been thrown from a bucking bronco one time too many.

In other words, middle-aged man stiffness is now a force to be reckoned with by me on some days - not all but some.

So I have two choices:  I can sit back and let it happen; looking like a vulture sitting high on a power line hunched forward looking for road kill below, or I can do something about it.  I've chosen the latter over the former.

There are several things I do to keep my body feeling supple and one I'm sharing with you today.  It's a spinal alignment and shoulder flexibility drill I discovered made my spine and shoulders feel good one day when I felt like that old rodeo cowboy mentioned above.  It felt so good after doing it that I decided to make a short video demonstrating it.

Here it is:


Take it for a test drive and if you like it, I suggest a regular dose of it Monday through Friday before your gym workouts and when taking a break at the office if you're one of those poor souls like me who sits for a living.

It'll keep us standing tall and upright and keep our shoulders and entire posterior chain feeling great.

It'll keep us - for the remainder of our middle-aged man journey of life - marching forward while standing tall.  

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's almost like a wall-squat-jack. Good job.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that Pierini.

You remain an inspiration to us middle-agers.....

Macky

pierini said...

Thank you Macky.

Anonymous said...

At age 67 after being semi retired from a job working at home behind a computer, I got a job at a supermarket. A maintenance job. I find just doing isometric curls, 20 pushups and going up and down a flight of stairs 10 times has enabled me to keep up with the 20 and 30 year old workers.

pierini said...

I have this vision that my legacy job after retirement will be working as a bagger at Trader Joe's.

Anonymous said...

Being a bagger is part of my job at a supermarket,. Make sure not to put eggs in same bag as potatoes

Anonymous said...

One more thing. Since starting this job I have had to almost double my food intake so as to not lose weight.I am slim to begin with. I am 5 ft 7 inches and weighed 145lbs before starting this job.Now hovering at 140lbs.