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‘Exercise is good for you’

So said the Wombles, a group of furry characters in a popular children’s television show in Britain in the 1970s.

The opening lines of the “Exercise” song were:

“Standing on your tiptoes, running on the spot,

“Exercise is good for you, laziness is not.”

There is no doubt that the Wombles had it right in the 1970s, and the message has been clear over the years ever since—to do some form of exercise for continued good health and wellness, especially as we grow older.

Not everyone can run a marathon at the age of 100, but most of us are capable of walking a few blocks a day.

With the arrival of winter, walking outside may be problematic for some of us, so consider walking inside the arena. And many people don’t like the thought of walking or exercising alone, so grab a friend or friends and do it together.

If you are up to more strenuous exercising, consider joining a fitness club, swimming at the arena, or taking dancing lessons.

Fitness clubs may appear scary to some people, but they cater to all age and fitness levels. And once there, you wonder why you didn’t join ages ago.

Why, you may ask, do I need to be physically active? Well, the benefits far outweigh the excuses for inactivity.

Inactivity makes the body age faster, and in time may prevent you from maintaining an independent lifestyle as you become unable to reach, bend, lift, carry, and move around easily.

The benefits of physical activity are that you will be able to maintain strong muscles and bones, enjoy better physical and mental health, have more energy, and have fewer aches and pains, all of which will lead to improved self-esteem and quality of life.

Be active every day and build physical activity into your daily routine. Just try 30-60 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week to improve your health and wellness.

A final combat about the Wombles. Way before it became popular, they cared about the environment as they collected, reused, and recycled garbage.

Editor’s note: The Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) group meets at 11 a.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at the Super 8 here.

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