The Fountain Of Youth For Post 50

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Health & Fitness

The Fountain Of Youth For Post 50

” The Fountain Of Youth For Those Post 50 * But It Doesn’t Come Easy —Bikram Yoga made this happen ” — Arlene Nisson Lassin Before we begin, I know there are lots of tonics, miracle vitamins, hormone therapy, cleanses and diets that have claimed to be the Fountain of Youth for those of us past age 50. So before you suspend belief or stop reading, check out this recent photo of me. The purpose of displaying this photo is to show how youthful I look and feel as my proof because I did NOT look this glowingly youthful a while back. (No, I am not about to share the before photos!) I’m in my late fifties by the way. I haven’t glowed like this since my pregnancies 26-plus years ago, and people mention it to me all the time that I look vibrant and healthy these days. It’s not my eating habits as I have only recently begun to eat more healthfully, and have been known previously to eat Cheetos for dinner. (Now I am snacking on things like dry roasted seaweed — thanks a lot Dr. Oz!) I have to give credit for my fountain of youth to my exercise regimen: Bikram Yoga. Here is my own brutally honest experience with this, but first read this quote: “Bikarm Yoga acts as an anti-aging and preventative medicine keeping the body young and healthy. Yoga maintains youth long. It keeps the body full of vitality, immune to diseases, even at old, old age. The Yogi never becomes old.” (Bishnu Ghosh) It occurred to me that I was crazy for even trying an exercise class that required me to exercise for 90 minutes in a 105 degree room with 40 percent humidity. It’s like working out inside a very hot sauna. After my first class, exhausted, spent, and reduced to an absolute puddle of sweat, I was convinced I was insane. I looked around at some of the young “yoga” bodies who bounced up energetically after class, while I crawled on the floor while gathering my mat and towel, and then limped toward the exit. I walked out that first time telling the instructor that I didn’t know if I could do it again. The instructor looked at me and said, “You must come back tomorrow, and you will start seeing benefits.” I chuckled and shook my head. No way was that happening. Except that after I showered and survived the ordeal, I felt energized and great for hours later. That drove me to try it again the next day, and then the next day, and then a few days later. I made a routine of it, going several times a week because I felt so great afterwards. For those who abhor Yoga in its many forms, I am one of you. I am a type A personality, and a bit hyper, and way...

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