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Move Like a Ninja

In his Ted Talk Bring on the Female Superheroes, Christopher Bell describes his daughter as “strong, and smart and fast and fights like a ninja”. What kind of image does that conjure up for you? For me, I see strong elegance. The perfect combination of agility, balance, and power. Christopher Bell’s daughter is 9 years old. She is taking martial arts.

I am 55 and a half. I am not taking martial arts but I am moving my body in as many ways as I can think of – that are age appropriate, of course. My new goal is move like a ninja.

It’s been proven over and over again that if we don’t use our bodies we lose the ability to move them. If we don’t jump up and down, that movement disappears. If we don’t get down on the floor and back up and again, BAM, that’s gone too. Same thing for climbing up on a chair or a ladder.

Losing movement makes us dependent. That takes away our freedom. And that is bad on so many levels.

“Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony

In 1989, Dr. Miriam Nelson conducted a research study to compare two groups of woman who were all over the age of 50. One group continued with their sedentary lifestyles, while other group was introduced to and participated in a progressive strength training program. Over the course of a year the sedentary group lost strength and gained weight. The active group got stronger and lost body fat. This study, the first of its kind, showed that we can get stronger regardless of age.

What do we take away from this? Well, the most important thing is if you haven’t lost it yet do everything in your power to keep it. And if you have lost it find small ways to get back. Even an exercise like balancing on one foot is a step in the right direction. Be ninja-like. What have you got to lose?

Something to think about.