Time dedicated to your wellness may feel like an indulgence, but as we age it is a requirement. Maintaining the quality of your life may become more challenging, but that challenge is edifying, worth the effort. New behavioral habits develop new pathways in your brain (via neural connections) and in your body (via sensory and kinesthetic awareness). Those new neural and kinesthetic pathways need to be practiced in order for them to become the most efficient and effective way of operating in your ever-changing world. Making the transition from an old, inefficient habit to a new, efficient habit takes time and practice. If you try to adopt a new pattern of behavior or thought without properly preparing yourself it can be mentally confusing and physically risky. Listen to your mind and body, practice the steps, and you will be able to incorporate the habit into your life successfully. Learning HOW to Age®️ analyzed the challenges associated with aging and put the findings into a practice. Through this practice, participants are then able to experience the findings and determine their effectiveness. Put simply, participants learn to analyze the problem and feel the answer.
A participant recently noted the positive impact the practice had on her daily living.
She rose from her kitchen table as she had been for her whole life, hands flat on the table ready to push her up. She realized that she had fallen back into her old, inefficient habit of standing. Rather than continue on mindlessly, she took 2 seconds and sat back down. She re-set her intention to rise from a seated position in the most efficient way possible (hinging at her hips, she tipped slightly forward shifting her weight to the balls of her feet) and attempted to put her months of practice to the test. As her feet pushed into the floor, her body responded and up she stood, without extraneous effort and stress. Without the need to push up with her hands and contract and round her shoulders. A practise of dynamic but efficient standing and sitting is one in which she had been engaged for months and was now reaping the benefits.
The following week, the group "leveled up" the mental flexibility game by introducing a second verse. The week after that, another variable was added. After months of fine tuning their ability through practice, the group successfully adopted two variables in two weeks! As a team, this group of wellness warriors continues to make huge strides in their abilities.
A recent re-assessment showed positive gains in all three areas of focus: mental flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, and physical perception. They have embraced the HOW of aging and are now welcoming their future.
Remember, analyze the problem, feel the answer.