What is your Physical Age? Brawn aids Brain!
I often hear from seniors that they don’t want to exercise, they have not found any reason to do it, or when they did exercise the experience was unpleasant.
Fifteen years ago, at age 58, my health was poor, I had had 15 surgeries, suffered from painful fibromyalgia, and I was having post-meningitis memory problems. Friends encouraged me to go to a yoga class at my church. That day my life started to transform for the better.
Recently I found a website, www.WorldFitnessLevel.com. I entered my information when I was 58 and my fitness level was that of a 63-year old. I repeated the test using my present information at age 73 using my pulse level after 20 minutes of meditation — my fitness level is now that of a 43-year old. After 15 years of aging with yoga, I am physically 20 years younger!
Furthermore, I found a research study done in England on twins. An article on the study in the New York Times reported the relationship between thinking skills and muscle strength.
“If one twin had been more powerful than the other 10 years before, she tended to be a much better thinker now. In fact, on average, a muscularly powerful twin now performed about 18 percent better on memory and other cognitive tests than her weaker sister.
“Similarly, in the brain imaging of the identical twins, if one genetically identical twin had had sturdier legs than the other at the start of the study, she now displayed significantly more brain volume and fewer ‘empty spaces in the brain’ than her weaker sister.”
“I was quite surprised by the strength of the findings,” Dr. Steves (the researcher) said, “because to be honest, I am someone who has always in the past prioritized work of the mind over work of the body. This study brings home to me that the brain needs exercise to keep fit.”
What is good for your body is good for your brain! Now get yourself to my fun yoga classes at
A Mindfulness Life Center, 10339 N Scottsdale RD, Studio B, Scottsdale, AZ 85253.
Beginners: Balance/Chair yoga 2 p.m. Wednesdays
Intermediate: Stability Yoga 2 p.m. Mondays
Advanced: Therapeutic Yoga 2 p.m. Thursday
Please email me at Janet@AgeWithoutLimits.net with any questions.
Yours in wellness,
Janet Rae Humphrey, C-IAYT, E-RYT