Dance To Fitness

Hi, it’s me again, the person with the MS in Gerontology.  This week, I wanted to share with you something positive, and exciting.  I was approached by a group of Millennial Babies who wanted to add their swag to this new dance, “Hot Flash Swag” – in a challenging way if you get my drift.  “Wonderful I said, let’s make it happen!”

Originally, the dance was choreographed to compliment the new song “Hot Flash Swag,” by Nrvibe.  I saw it as a wonderful vehicle for Baby Boomers (BB’s), or anyone for that matter, to dance their way to fitness.  Dance has always been my exercise.  I don’t do well with membership gyms or weights, instead I chose dance as a way to stay fit.  Dance has literally kept me closer to a healthy weight.  Sure, I’ve had knee problems in the past, as do many Baby Boomers today, but if you know what the problem is fix it, and get on with your life!  I fixed my meniscus tear, and I’m fine.  Because dance is my fitness, I would never let knee problems define or defeat me.  I could never see myself as not dancing due to an injury.  I love music and dance way too much!

Now, maybe you’ve seen the Hot Flash Swag video, or maybe not!  If so, and you would like to try this new dance, I’ll be glad to break it down further.  If you know that you have knee problems, please use discretion, because only you know your body.  This dance could be modified.  Now, I’m not endorsing dance over any exercise program.  Whatever your fitness regime may be i.e.: a walking path, a personal trainer, a weight training program, exercise equipment, Yoga, Pilates, or a Dance Class – KEEP IT GOING!  I say, however you get your fitness on – is fine.  And let me just say this, we all set personal fitness goals for ourselves each year.  I just hope that it’s not that once a year “New Year’s Resolution” goal.  Why not set your fitness goal NOW.  If not now, then when?  Also folks, when setting your fitness goal, or goals, let’s be realistic and mindful of reality.  *An example of an unrealistic goal would be, “I’m training to be a Body Builder, A Gymnast, or A Professional Dancer.”   This is possible folks, but who really does this?  A more realistic approach to setting your fitness goals would be to stay healthy, and fit for life.  After all, it’s your body, and your life!  So, do me a favor and download the song “Hot Flash Swag.”   Grab a couple of friends, and have fun doing the dance.  Come on, what are you waiting for?  Let’s see you dance for fun, and fitness!  Let’s see your swag!!

**Disclosure:  Always remember to warm up your muscles before beginning any exercise, or dance program.  Warm-ups will essentially help wake up the muscles, and get your blood supply moving, as well as reduce injuries.

M’Liss, MS Gerontology

BABY BOOM Intro.

Okay, here it is!  About 13 years ago, I graduated with my MS Degree in Gerontology, “The scientific study of aging, and the process of adults growing older.”   I thought that by studying Gerontology, I would find out about the fountain of youth.  The funny thing is that I’ve not been able to work in the field.  Then it dawned on me that it wasn’t time yet – because I wasn’t a mature Baby Boomer (BB).  How could I possibly understand the BB’s life cycle unless I was actually living it?

Well, today I am officially a BB, and proud of it!  For those of you that are not sure if you are an official BB, you would have been born between 1946 and 1964.  So my point is that I have spent the past 13 years leading by my own example of how to age gracefully, and pushing beyond those old wives tales, myths, and taboos associated with aging. Once I realized that there was no fountain of youth, I thought “Oh, I get it,” you have to take care of the only body you have in order to slow down the aging process.  It was also important to me to know my family’s medical history, i.e., Cancer, Heart Disease, Strokes, and other debilitating ailments.  As soon as I could conduct a personal medical history for myself, I began making healthier choices, and the better it was for me.

Short Story:  Both of my parents died of cancer in their early 60’s.  Because I could be a prime candidate for getting cancer, I immediately started preventive care with regular screenings, only to discover that there was no trace of cancer in me.  However, because both my parents were hypertensive, I too am hypertensive.  Education, education, education folks!!!  Today, I’ve arrived! I wanted to share with other Baby Boomers “the secret to longevity,” and really it’s not a secret.  We are the new and improved generation today.  Did you now that the life expectancy in 1961 – (the year I was born), was 69.7, and today, we are living well into our 90’s.

We are no longer ashamed of menopause, hot flashes, hysterectomies, and normal changes that come after maturity – “it is what it is” but, it’s not the end of the world!  It’s how well you embrace this life cycle and how well you live with it.  Myths about aging, is a thing of the past.  “Hot Flashes” are reintroduced as “Hot Flash Swag,” its how we roll today.  We make healthier choices about our eating habits, we get regular exercise, we keep up with our preventive care, we keep our minds sharp, and we want to look good!  Now does this in anyway sound like our grandparents!  No way! We as Baby Boomers have figured out how to keep our swag.  I never felt better about myself and once again, I’m proud to be a Baby Boomer, it’s a new day!  Let’s hear about your swag!  One more thing, I just realized that in 48 years, I will be 100! LOL

 

M’Liss Causey, MS Gerontology