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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