Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Better Frame of Reference

Osteoporosis runs in my mother's family.  So far I haven't had any trouble with bone loss, but my sister started having stress fractures in her feet when she was still in her early 30's.  She's under orders from her doctor to lift weights several times a week.  In fact, she told me shortly after joining a gym, "Mr. Treadmill is my new best friend."

Unfortunately she hadn't belonged to the gym very long before she started cheating on Mr. Treadmill.  The other habitues of the workout facility were college students and a sprinkling of late-20-somethings.  Watching their toned young bodies (especially the toned young female bodies) blithely racing through exercise routines that would have killed her depressed her immensely.

Now that she's moved to the side of the Valley of the Sun most noted for its senior communities, she's working out at a facility frequented almost entirely by toned but wizened men in their 70's and up.  Suddenly she is once again (by comparison) young and beautiful, and she and her new Mr. Treadmill are seeing a lot of each other.

A friend of mine is fond of saying, "Framing is everything."  It may not be everything, but in this case it's made me ready to join her new gym myself.

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."  ~Edward Stanley

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