28 February 2021 – Mind and Body
I focus on helping with mid-life changes of direction and in making retirement the best years of your life.
As I’m 60 myself, I am on my own mid-life journey, every day.
I am fortunate to be fit and I love to be active. For me, the mind-body connection is very real. I feel good physically and mentally if I stay active. I’m no athlete, but I’ve been a keen walker and cyclist for many years.
On snowy, cold, wet, miserable Scottish days during lock-down, I have had to find ways to stay active around the house: running up-and down stairs, bouncing around on a giant gym ball and, using a mini trampette.
If I do have a day or so of inactivity, for any reason, I find my limbs begin to stiffen and my mood begins to dip. I feel full of pent-up energy – unless I’m poorly, which doesn’t happen often, but I am only human.
The Fitbit is my friend and helps me monitor my input and activity each day. Having lost 30lbs in weight last year I’m determined not to let them creep back on. (Which can easily happen, especially in lockdown.) Who was it that said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”? It’s true. I don’t want to go back to hauling around those 15 bags of sugar everywhere with me again.
This month I’m entering the world of “foot-biking” or “kick-biking”, which are just other names for adult-scootering. This is a great way of exercising, which is very popular around the globe, but not yet very popular in the UK.
You can follow my progress over the following weeks and months on social media (e.g. Facebook,TikTok, Instagram, LinkedIn)
Because of my interest in mid-life change, I have received a request through social media, and I’d like to ask for your help.
Martha Lee asked if I could help her find participants for a study she’s undertaking. Here’s Martha’s message:
“We are a group of third-year neuroscience students at the University of Nottingham. As part of our dissertation project, we are carrying out an investigation into motivational factors for exercise in adults of retirement age (60+ years). We would be very grateful if you would complete the survey to help us further our understanding of this important area of science. The survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and not for commercial gain. The results will be used solely for the purpose of scientific research.”
Martha has sent a link to the survey.
I’ve completed the survey myself and it really was quick, easy, and anonymous.
I know that motivation to be active can vary hugely between individuals, for lots of different reasons, so research in this area is bound to be useful.
It would be lovely if you could find ten minutes to help Martha with her research because it’s nice to help when you can.
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