Youthful Aging with Ageless Grace
By: Kathy Streng, Ageless Grace Trainer
Albert Einstein said “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
We are challenged to look at the beliefs we hold and to question whether or not they are based in reality or serve us today. One set of beliefs you may have personally examined are your beliefs about what it means to age in America.
Ageless Grace, created by Denise Medved about 4 years ago, consists of 21 movement tools that are practiced in a chair for greater stability, range of motion and increased core strength. Each movement tool addresses a specific aging factor including joint mobility, balance, cognitive function, strength, and flexibility. It is based entirely on the science of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally. Neuroplasticity is vital to youthful aging and must combine movement with intention.
As children, we developed physical and cognitive skills by playing childhood games, sports and activities generally no longer practiced as adults. The Ageless Grace movement tools revisit these in a playful way to re-open the neural pathways that were created from birth to 21 years old. A daily 10 minute Ageless Grace practice also helps to create new ones. The practice of exercise in such a manner may be the actual key to the fountain of youth. The music used is always upbeat and happy.