A friend just shared this suggested exercise for seniors to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It's so easy, I thought I'd pass it on.
The article suggested doing it three times a week.
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-pound potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax.
Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-pound potato sacks. Then use 50-pound potato sacks, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.
I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries,
a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes,
I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,
take 40 different medications that
make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.
Have bouts with dementia ;
Have poor circulation;
Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore;
Can't remember if I'm 89 or 98.
Have lost all my friends.
But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
So I got my doctor's permission to
join a fitness club and start exercising.
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour.
But by the time I got my leotard on, the class was over.
My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.
Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.
Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
"And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked.
She replied, "No peer pressure."
These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, ' For fast relief.'
An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests.
First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart.
"Wal-Mart?" the preacher exclaimed. "Why Wal-Mart?"
"Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week"
I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair.
She turned to me and asked, "Are you having it catered?"
And that, my friend, is the sad definition of "OLD!"
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the elderly widow and asked,
"How old was your husband?"
"98," she replied: "Two years older than me"
"So you're 96," the undertaker commented.
She responded, "Hardly worth going home, isn't it?"
THE SENILITY PRAYER:
Grant me the senility to forget the people
I never liked anyway,
The good fortune to run into the ones I do, and
The eyesight to tell the difference.
Always Remember This:
You don't stop laughing because you grow old,
You grow old because you stop laughing!!!