"Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years"
For a few years now I've had this idea running through my head that I want to live to be a hundred but never really taken any notice of it because it seemed rather whimsical.
Until today when I stumbled across this proverb in a book about Ikigai. And in one fell swoop my idea stopped feeling whimsical and more like a tangible life goal!
Sport literally saved my life a few years ago, empowering me to rise above and beyond a serious episode of depression and everybody knows about my passion for Zumba. Zumba gave me confidence and empowered me in a million other ways.
No longer was I the girl who became the woman who never danced.
No longer was I embarrassed about dancing in front of people ( Heavens above !! ).
No longer was I conscious of getting my moves wrong or starting on the wrong foot because it doesn't matter. It really doesn't. What matters is the joy you bring to others and a happy moment shared ...
Now I will shake my booty, in fact anything that moves, like there is no tomorrow, because it makes me feel good ! It makes me feel alive, chases away the anxiety and quite honestly fills me with energy...
Now, time for a few fun facts.....
exercise relieves stress because it reduces CORTISOL, the stress hormone
exercise improves memory, learning and concentration as when you exercise the brain becomes more elastic
it reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, reducing inflammation in the body (which is the cause of almost every disease of aging)
gentle exercise flushes out toxins and helps with circulation
exercise makes your body less sensitive to insulin and less insulin in your body means less body fat
So, in a nutshell...find something that makes you smile, that fills your heart with joy. Be it walking in the countryside, weightlifting or kicking the hell out of something ( or somebody ) in a martial arts class. But above all, BE ACTIVE ! Your body will thank you for it one day ....maybe when you are 100 ;)