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Race Day September 22, 2018

Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

Get stronger at any age to improve quality of life.

, by Anne Audain

Are you tempting fate when it comes to your body’s strength? Anne Audain shares how bringing simple weight lifting back into her routine

During my competitive running years I lifted weights twice a week only for my upper body. I didn’t enjoy it but I knew it was very important, especially at the end of a race to help me keep good form when the legs were done.

When I retired from the competitive world, lifting weights was the first thing I quit. Fast forward and the big “60” looms next year!

I still run daily – it’s what I love to do and I prefer exercising outdoors. I love gardening and planting my flower pots in the spring, and these pots have become heavier. I still try carrying all my shopping bags in from the garage at once to prevent multiple trips and save time. I try hauling all the laundry up two flights of stairs for the same reasons, but I am not getting any younger. I think I am tempting fate!

My wakeup call came 15 months ago. I took a bad fall running on trails and realized I was very lucky I did not break any bones. This was my call to action.

I have had a nice weight machine in my utility room for the eighteen years I have lived in this house. I have chosen to completely ignore it when I do laundry and clean the cat’s litter box. I had to come up with the plan to lift weights again.

My plan is simple. I do the same 10 exercises I did years ago using the machine and free weights. I do the workout when I do the laundry. Fold then lift, iron a shirt then lift. It’s still not fun but neither would be a fall that prevents me from running and impacts my quality of life.

I encourage everyone at any age to incorporate simple strength-training exercises into your routine for the long-term benefit. I've shared here the link to a helpful strength-training program developed by experts at Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and firmly believe that incorporating simple strength-training exercises into my routine is critical to maintaining and improving the integrity of my overall body, my ability to move and to do what I love to do for many years to come.

(Growing Stronger is an exercise program based upon sound scientific research involving strengthening exercises—exercises that have been shown to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases, including arthritis.)

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