Fitness! Exercise! Active lifestyles! Sure, those seem to help in the quest for health, but what is the nature and source of true health? My colleague, Cynthia Barnett, writing for The Aug. 4, 2014 edition of The Cary Citizen, to look away from the body for better health. Here in Bloomington, Indiana, with a population of 45,000 college students, there are hundreds of fitness, dance, and health classes offered every day. Are you ready for a Zumba class? Weight-lifting? While such activities may be fun and feel rewarding, Cynthia shares a healing that helps us to see more clear what Health really is. Here’s Cynthia:
It’s no surprise that most participants are twenty or thirty-somethings with some middle-aged moms enjoying the classes, too. But what about the older ladies and men? Is vigorous exercise too much for baby boomer bones?
As a boomer myself, I had to find out. I signed up for classes to experience the sensations of Zumba. After I started, there was an article in a local newspaper about baby boomers and their exercise habits– featuring my Zumba class. The writer assumed that “old bones” and joints would have a lot to contend with– mishaps expected and other therapies to be recommended. Suffice to say, what I read was a bit of a downer.
Better Health Through Spirituality
However, many health experts question these assumptions about age and other body-based theories, turning instead towards a mindset. Dr. Dean Ornish implies love is the answer to better health, even reversing age symptoms. Dr. Lissa Rankin predicts that spirituality, not biomedical models, will have a stronger role in our health practices. Many other respected practitioners share this view.
It’s not a new idea. Pioneer health writer Mary Baker Eddy, based on her extensive healing practice, says to look away from the body for better health. Men and women of “riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into health…,”she believes, reflecting her understanding of life as an outcome of the divine.
Optimistic View Of Older Exercisers
Likewise, our local YMCA directors are hopeful when it comes to older exercisers…