I have led a few different lives as far as exercise is concerned. From when I can remember until approximately the age of twenty five or so, I was very active but hardly any of it was structured. Organized exercise was maybe during junior high physical education classes and while attending boot camp in the Navy.

From around my mid twenties until the age of fifty one not much effort was made to stay healthy.

An ICU stay changed a lot of stuff and I dropped a lot of weight and began a pretty regular routine of aerobic, resistance, stretching and balance exercise.

At the age of maybe . . . sixty six, input from different areas hinted that maybe a fork was in front of me. One way would have me, and these are my words, slowing down with life, sitting more, becoming stiff, eating whatever and basically easing into a sedentary lifestyle. The other way, and again my thoughts, would have me educating myself more about eating healthy food, and doing that and continuing on with the aerobic, resistance, stretching and balance routines.

Another important aspect came from a friend . . . Whatever you want to be doing five, ten, even 30 years from now, make sure your doing it now. An example would be to practice often getting up from the floor, like would be needed after a fall.

Also I found a quote that works for me because it feels all encompassing. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’ ” Erma Bombeck

My nephew is a doctor and he told me this on the phone awhile back . . . “To keep going, Keep Going!”

One more thought that seems important to me is that sharing and caring also Keeps me Going, as does being grateful.

Metaphorically speaking, climbing mountains is important to me and one day when I get to the top of one, he will be there and will tell me it’s time to go, but until then, I wanna Keep Climbing them mountains.

Ah, that’s enough for now huh?