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What’s Your Excuse?

I have a neighbor – his name is Dick Walther – and I call him the bionic man. He is going to be 93 in June and runs circles around most people. His level of energy, IMG_1310enthusiasm and his positive disposition is contagious. He was just highlighted in the “Hero’s Issue” of Tennis Magazine and is the winner of USTA’s 2014 Senior’s Service Award and inducted into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. He is a former engineer and fought in World War II and started playing tennis in the 1940’s. However, it wasn’t until after retirement that he enrolled himself in a Professional Tennis Registry certification course and began coaching at Kent Place School… at the age of 75. He also started the Summit Tennis Association and revitalized and revived multiple tennis courts across the city to repair them for more active play and give back to the community. He still plays in the USTA League event in the 90-95 age group. Dick inspires me.

Dick is the perfect example of the premise mind over matter (my daily mantra in my classes and discussion in a previous blog post) and the notion it is never too late to make things happen.

Once again quoting Deepak Chopra’s book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind,” based on quantum physics, he advises on how to “defeat entropy,” to “believe” enough to control physical changes and to “reinterpret your body” to create renewal. By practicing these philosophies, we can elongate our lives by perpetuating healthy physical reactions within our body, starting on a cellular level. Chopra’s premise is that the more positive our mind is, the more beneficial the effect it will have on our body.

For example, as a society, we naturally anticipate retirement and have a mental image of what that entails. We tend to fall into that role and our minds and bodies begin to shut down – thinking that is the end of our active life. It is believed this has a direct correlation with a decline in health and increase in disease. Those societies that are not privy to retirement – ie. the IMG_3036farmer who has no choice to feed his family, will work until he can’t work anymore. His mind frame never shifts to “it’s time for my steady decline until I reach the end of the road.” They naturally live a more active, longer life because they never consider the alternative. Similar to the story of Dick. He has never quit or believed it is time to stop.

If you believe in it, it can happen. If you visualize yourself doing it, it becomes real. If you are fearful or convince yourself it’s not possible, chances are, you will have a difficult time and your body will shut down. By keeping your mind in a constant state of functionality, your body will naturally follow.

So just when you think you want to give up, or it’s too late to make a difference, think of Dick.

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  • Robin Kelley

    Loved this article. All so true and never too late to accomplish anything. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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How You Know You Are Getting In Shape

We found this blog post and thought it was fantastic – and oh, so true – so we thoughtWoman-Boxer

we would share it with our loyal readers. Thank you BuzzFeed Life.

Are you feelin’ it?

“23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape”

1. Heavy things now feel so…light.

2. Somehow you’re able to climb flights and flights of stairs without feeling winded.

3. Probably because you feel a lightness akin to moon gravity.

4. None of your clothes fit anymore.

5. You actually crave healthy food.

7. Speaking of food, is it lunch time yet?

8. Your healthy habits are starting to rub off on everyone around you.

9. You sleep good. Soooo good.

10. You realize there are veins you never knew existed.

11. You can actually hear your body talk.

12. The combination of endorphins and confidence results in the best sex of your goddamned life.

13. You’ve never had to deal with this much dirty laundry.

14. Two words: mental clarity.

15. BIGGER AND BETTER POOPS.

16. You get hangovers after one beer.

17. Your new favorite activity (besides working out, obvs): fondling your own muscles in self-satisfaction when you’re bored.

18. Feeling sore is such a surprisingly satisfying feeling.

19. You are now officially a morning person.

20. Fresh air never felt so good.

21. Your new-found addiction to working out has helped you kick all your other vices.

22. Your skin hasn’t looked this good since you were in elementary school.

23. The realization that you’ve reached the threshold where working out is not a chore — you legitimately enjoy it.

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