Exercise FBC

Senior exercise class at First Baptist Church. Photo by Mike Patrick

by Mike Patrick

This time of year, many people are joining health clubs in order to get back in shape after the holidays. That includes senior adults. In 2016, my wife, Nancy, attended a three-day workshop at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. She and about a dozen other people from around the country earned their certificate in senior adult exercise.

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Mike Patrick

Since her return, she goes to Rose Park for an hour three days a week and serves as a substitute leader. She leads a group of older women at a local independent living center two days a week. And she leads a group of senior adults at First Baptist Church Tuesdays and Thursdays. (I go to that one.)

While speaking at a luncheon about the importance of exercise for those of us getting up in years, she concluded her time with the following, popular internet article (author unknown).

“Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking.

And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch.

And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise.

God looked down and saw that it was good.”

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it is God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Mike Patrick retired as Chaplain and Ministry Education Coordinator after 27 years at Hendrick Medical Center.

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