What do you want to be able to do at age 50?

At age 50, I want to be able to swim like a seal, dance salsa 2 hours a night (if I feel like it!) and sleep like a baby. man diving into water

At the moment I cannot salsa, swim like a seal (I do swim, but more like a cat in a panic attack) and rarely sleep like a baby.

Now that I have rediscovered my body thanks to Feldenkrais Method,  I’m curious to find out what my body can do if I put in the effort.

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I want to elaborate on my long term goals and explain why I chose these goals instead of something else.

  • I want to be able to swim really well, immerse myself completely into water, and also be able to dive into water head first. I chose this goal because I remember how enjoyable it was as a child to swim and play in water. I really miss that. For some reason I never learned to dive into water head first like many people do. Well, there is no reason why I could not learn better swimming technique.
  • I want to be able to do push ups (well, 20 push ups!) with a straight body. I used to do some ashtanga yoga, and I remember how frustrating it was to watch other people do proper push ups (chaturangas) when I could not.  NOTE: At the moment I’m barely able to bend my elbows and lower my body a couple of inhces, when I’m doing push ups on my knees. I guess I have some way to go . 🙂
  • I would like to be able to dance salsa, because it looks fun and I believe I would enjoy it. I used to dance (ballet, modern dance) pretty seriously in my late teens and early twenties’, so learning to salsa should not be too hard.
  • I tried kettlebells last summer and I really liked them, but the problems in my left knee and hip (patello femoral pain syndrome) prevented me from continuing with them. Training with kettlebells is fun and intensive, quite different from boring gym routines.  Since then I discovered an even cooler form of exercise – clubbells.  I just add them to my list of things to take on when I’m ready. 🙂

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With these long term goals ahead me, I have a a lot work to do. First I have to figure out how to fix my knee and strengthen my body generally.

I expect my sleeping problems to take care of themselves when I’m at the stage where I’m hurling clubbells overhead as a matter of fact.

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Comments

  1. Biz says:

    OMG, I totally laughed at your analogy of swimming like a panicked cat! Swimming is my worst sport. I never learned as a child, so neither did my daughter. Until I took her to a summer day camp – 1/2 the day was spent at the pool. I told the instructors to make sure she stayed in the shallow end because she didn’t know how to swim.

    She was probably 6 years old. Half way through the summer they had a swim meet – basically every child got a gold metal. I was sitting in the stands when I watch in horror as my daughter starts to climb up to the diving board – I couldn’t move! What happened next brought tears to my eyes. She did a RUNNING dive into the water – head first and swam all the way to the other side of the pool!

    I couldn’t believe it – I ran to her and said “I didn’t know you knew how to swim!” She said “that lady over there taught me!” Turns out one of the high school camp counselors was also a swim coach. To this day my daughter is a total fish and I couldn’t be happier!

  2. Satu says:

    That was a great story! My little sister and her best friend were also total water animals when they were small. At our summer place they had the habit of spending hours first sitting in a hot sauna and then running to the sea.

    I wonder if my little sisters’ daughters will be the same. It’s too early to say, they are only 2 and 4..

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