Use Muscle Memory
My muscle memory was going to waste when I was in my forties. I had very little mobility. I was overweight and that, in turn, made me feel so much older than I really was at the time. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee.
I’m 52 years old and I’m younger acting now than when I was in my 40s. Why? Well because I took myself in hand and lost 185 lbs. That’s the best gift I could have ever given to myself. Yes, I had weight loss surgery but the trick has been in keeping the weight off for the past almost 11 years.
Keep Life Vibrant as We Age
However, the point of this post is to say hey, if you’re in reasonably good health, maybe it’s about time to revisit some of your favorite activities of your youth. Things like:
- Roller skating
- Water skiing
- Rock climbing
I LOVE roller skating. For me, the best part is taking my granddaughters and teaching them how to skate. Sharing an activity I loved is a way for me to remember my youth and to also enjoy the youth of my granddaughters.
As the old saying goes, once you learn how to ride a bike, you will never forget it. Muscle memory plays a role in a lot of physical activities we used to do when we were younger.
Ease yourself back into your favorite activities. Taking on a 25-mile bike ride may not be the smartest way to get reacquainted with the sport. You should probably start with a reasonable ride around your neighborhood and expand from there. Heck who knows you might decide to invest in a new and improved bike to help you enjoy your rediscovered love of bike riding.
Remember Your First Aid Kit
Do be smart and wear the protective gear necessary for any activity of your youth that you’re revisiting. Also, a smart idea is to go with a friend or a partner. Someone who can help should there be an unfortunate event such as a bike accident. Do make sure you have a first aid kit nearby. My husband had a bike accident where he hurt his shoulder.
We were wise and brought our first aid kit with us. There wasn’t any bleeding but I knew there would be soreness so I had him take some ibuprofen immediately because we would be turning around and riding back to our house which was 7 miles away. I didn’t want him to not be able to get back home. We did make it back and we were in the doctor’s office the next day.
After some physical therapy, he was good to go again. Which by the way he is 4 years older than I am and I am proud of him for getting back on the bike
I Still got it!
By using muscle memory, we get to enjoy the “I still got it” moments. This gives us a sense of well being and allows us to really enjoy the activities of our youth.
Remember to start reasonably. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. No one wants to be injured so be wise as you revisit the activities of your youth.
These are a few things you may need to remember to bring or do:
- A first aid kit
- Knee and elbow pads
- A cell phone
- A buddy
- If you’re venturing out on your own, call someone and let them know.
- Life jackets for water skiing and boating
- Good goggles for swimming, and earplugs if you need them
- A fitness tracker like Fitbit if you’re keeping track of your health statistics.
- Good common sense to help you know when to stop and not overdo it.
- Bring a positive attitude and have a blast.
When it comes to muscle memory it is quite amazing and can be so much fun revisiting the activities of our youth. I love the music of rollerskating and I like the atmosphere. The kids are laughing and having a good time. They are learning new tricks like skating backward and spinning in circles.
Know Your Limitations
I no longer speed skate like I did as a teenager. I loved speed skating, but man if I should fall going that fast at my age, it sure would not be pretty. So, I know my limitations and this allows me to enjoy myself confidently as I roller skate to some of the top 40 hits of today. They sometimes play music from the 80s and the 90s which is super fun too.
Well, I’m really looking forward to Saturday night again this week. So as you venture out again to relive the activities of your youth, I hope you have a blast and really have the most fun you can sensibly have at your age whatever age that may be.
That’s all for today friends.
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I’m Karen with Embracing Aging,
Reminding you to Embrace Your Age