Try something new
when was the last time you did something totally new? Or maybe something you had not done since, let's say, your teenage years? It could be anything, play a board game, grab a skipping rope, enjoy a game of Netball, climb a tree or even write a rhyming poem? And why not?
The Health Boost is made of 2 halves. One English, One French. We are both in our 40s, with hardworking husbands, active kids, energetic dogs, a busy life balancing our studying, working and so we are generally making sure life is good for everyone with plenty of lovely food on the table everyday!
Why am I saying that? Because there is no doubt that our physical activity levels are high but is that really enough? We also believe that as we age, the positive mental health impact of "trying something new" on your overall well-being should be discussed.
That is why, we would love to encourage everyone to seek a challenge, may it be physical or not, try something new, and go off the well beaten track of your gym, spin class, tennis club or walking group.... Learn a new skill, buy a brand new cook book and have a go...
When my daughter decided to move on from acrobatic gymnastics to join the local Athletics Club, it opened my eyes to a whole new range of possibilities! A few weeks later, I was invited to attend an open session for "vets" where we were lucky to try Pole Vault, Javelin, Discus, ShotPut, Sprints, Long Jump.... The list goes on!! All age categories welcome! I met an amazing lady, in her 70s, who trains and competes in some of the throws.
Six months down the line and I am training once a week, with a very patient and enthusiastic athlete (Hi Dave!), spending time outdoors, at the same time as my daughter. I am suitably encouraged by professionals and like minded people, and looking forward to my first competition where I will be entering for the Discus and ShotPut .
With life expectancy increasing, why should anyone think of themselves as "Too old to...." or "How could I..."
Trying something new, is in itself an achievement and a sign of a healthy mind. The effects of learning at any age are well documented as one of the best ways to maintain healthy brain function. If like me, you find exercise and sports the best provider and producer of that "Happy Hormone" serotonin, go for it and find a new group of people to join. If you'd rather learn a new language or how to make bread, that works too!!