My June birthday marked a milestone this yr. I am formally midway to 80. Since I am now broadly seen by society as “over the hill,” it lately dawned on me that I higher begin paying extra consideration to the “E phrase” so I can at the least stroll across the hill.
Train is essential, irrespective of how outdated an individual is. Whereas rising up in Milton, I bought plenty of it, particularly through the summer season. Children again then have been busy biking with buddies and working round outdoors like Energizer Bunnies.
We performed baseball and softball, hide-and-seek, anti-I-over, tag, and the now-politically-incorrect sport of “cowboys and Indians.” We additionally waged imaginary wars as courageous troopers and constructed treehouses and go-karts. With few TVs in properties and no sensible telephones or computer systems to maintain us housebound, we fortunately stuffed our lungs with contemporary air and basked in Vitamin D-filled sunshine.
I am unable to do most of these actions these days, however I do take pleasure in strolling.
I have not ridden a bicycle in years. A number of months in the past, I puzzled if I might enhance my train quotient with biking, even thought my stability and stamina aren’t what they was once.
Lately, I found there are electrical bicycles, that are authorized on bike paths. You continue to need to pedal, however you may get an “electrical increase” everytime you want it. There are 5 totally different battery-power settings to help the rider.
I ended up shopping for an electrical bike, and I find it irresistible. They’re costly however properly definitely worth the cash. I am driving a minimal of six miles a day. Sooner or later, I rode seven miles within the morning and one other seven within the night.
By biking, I am getting plenty of sunshine, contemporary air and burning energy. I determine I do need to watch out so I do not find yourself with glutes and legs like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To complement the little “dinging bell” that got here with my bike, I added a trumpet-like, metallic horn, full with a big rubber “ball” that I can squeeze to warn pedestrians, different bikers and squirrels that I am quick approaching.
I additionally purchased a brand new bicycle helmet, lights for the back and front of my bike, a security vest so drivers can see me extra simply at evening, and “saddlebags” to hold issues like my iPhone, two lunch bins (one for hubby, Fred), and my new, chilly water thermos.
My husband, ever the encourager, commented that I might carry “bandages and a defibrillator” in my saddlebags. My brother, Jim, who worries about my potential to cycle safely, urged I put on a flack-jacket whereas driving.
My bike is hearth engine purple, and I mounted two American flags on the again of it. Earlier than shopping for my new bike helmet (purple, in fact), I adorned an outdated helmet with a number of strips of purple electrical tape. When Fred’s nephew, Mike, noticed it, he requested me if that was blood.
It is so nice to have such supportive family members in relation to an aged girl attempting to enhance her well being and total well-being. Their “votes of confidence” are a lot appreciated.
Leanne Lippincott-Wuerthele, a local of Milton, who has lived in Minnesota and Iowa, has been writing Sunny Facet Up for about 40 years. A graduate of Milton Union Excessive College and Milton School,she has written 4 books. She has two kids, three stepchildren, and a blended household that features 11 grandkids.