Women’s Fitness: Ladies, Our Lifespan is Getting Longer

When the 20th Century dawned, the average life span of a woman was about 50 years. At the dawn of the 21st century, our average lifespan is about 84 years. There are more people alive over the age of 50 today than there have been at most other times in our natural history. In fact, I know lots of women, my mother included – who at the age of 60, is more physically active than women half her age.

Modern medicine contributes a great deal to our longevity. Fewer women die in childbirth and complications during and after. Fewer women are affected by poor nutrition and overall we enjoy a variety of activities both in our leisure time and our common every day activities. Despite how easy life has gotten with our technological conveniences, we actually enjoy a time of unprecedented opportunity – doesn’t it behoove us as women to take advantage of this?

Physical and Mental Activity are both Key

Our kids will not appreciate what we went through anymore than we understood our parents. Our kids have motorized vehicles. Our kids have satellite phones, televisions and computer connections available in their classrooms. Our kids don’t have to ride their bike a mile or two to get to the arcade to play video games.

In fact, just as we don’t appreciate how it is to go through an evening’s entertainment without watching television, a movie or listening to downloaded music on our MP3 players – our kids will not get that walking can be done – just for the sheer joy of walking whether it’s on a sidewalk or a treadmill. The point is – we need to keep our kids engaged and we need to be engaged ourselves.

My daughter teaches me more and more every day and my mother does the same. My mother is a very active woman and at the age of 60, she is exploring her opportunities for learning new things and developing new skills more than I ever think about. By that same token, my daughter challenges me to keep up with her and it’s for her that my fitness is more important to me today than it was ten years ago.

We need good physical exercise. We need good mental exercise. We need to make use of the positive opportunities and longevity of our lives. How can you make more of your opportunities?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.