After enjoying retirement for a few months, I realized I needed to add exercise to my life. At first I just started walking outdoors on my own and found it hard to do consistently. Then I started going to the rec center and using the equipment in the cardio room. The weight room was intimidating for me. I also tried some aquatics classes, which I really enjoyed until winter came, and then I found it difficult to attend.
One day I finally found the courage to go to a SilverSneakers fitness class and found what I was looking for. Not only did I find amazing instructors, but also a group of friends. Some might think that SilverSneakers classes are just easy movement, but that is not what I have experienced. The instructors encourage us to strive to be stronger in every way. I know I've gained strength in my arms and legs and definitely have improved my cardio fitness.
I have been attending classes four times a week for about six years. Being stronger physically is definitely a goal that I work for, but the social part of attending classes is a huge benefit also. I look forward to going to the rec center and meeting up with my friends knowing that we are having a great time together as we work to get physically stronger.
I feel very fortunate that at my age, 73, I am able to keep moving and get stronger. I thank the amazing instructors for showing us what is possible. They make it easier to make the decision to show up and keep moving.