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Never Give up Sports! Ever!!
On Friday, I posted a video on Facebook that gave tips on how to “Never Give up Sports! Ever!!” Kaitlyn McManus graciously shared her experience with helping children with low vision ski independently. She wrote an article for OT Practice detailing how she assisted one particular child in his goal to ski on his own using supports tailored for him. Kaitlyn also discussed a couple of simple ways for people of all ages to continue cycling and playing tennis to minimize stress on body joints.
In addition to the video, I wanted to share inspirational stories from older adult athletes from this Reader’s Digest article. I am particularly fond of Anna McGowan, an avid participant in long jump, shot put, and discus. She has competed in the National Senior Games since 1987 and took up sports to help cope with the loss of her husband at the age of 50 years old. Anna McGowan said the secret to healthy aging is, “doing what you feel like doing.” Another great article is from CBS, which highlights 43 athletes from the 2011 National Senior Games. After reading these stories, I personally felt my heart strings tug and a strong desire to take my dog on a brisk walk in the neighborhood.
If you consider yourself a beginner at working out, Reader’s Digest published an article encouraging people to first talk with your doctor and complete a physical exam to rule out any conditions that may put you at risk for harm. Your doctor will suggest certain physical activities and ways to monitor vitals such as your pulse and breathing. Next, consider consulting with a personal trainer to find exercises or group classes that meet your interests and physical health. Beginners are invited to go slow during workouts to build endurance and strength and to avoid injury. For more tips on how to make exercise a lifestyle change, check out the National Senior Games Association and American Council on Exercise portal at https://nsga.acefitness.org/.