Updated: Feb 9, 2020
Fun = Challenge
Symptoms of menopause differ with each person. In my case, hot flashes and joint pain were the beginning signs of menopause. Primarily pain in the knees and wrists. This is the direct result of being a smart ass with my mother. I remember saying things like “How old are you mom?” “Oh, come on, try walking a few blocks.” My mom’s motto was ‘why walk when you could drive?’ And I do understand this sentiment now. It’s hard to move when you hurt. But move we must.
Enter Sharon Nikolai. She is a remarkable woman that helps to keep me moving. She is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and an amazing cheerleader. She has just given a talk on aging without medication and I asked if I might interview her to learn of her thoughts on this topic.
Sharon has taught movement for over 15 years. She is a Maritimer with an easy laugh. But she is serious when it comes to learning everything there is to know about anatomy. For fun, she reads textbooks on the subject. Oh, and if you take one of her classes the word fun can be replaced with challenge.
Using her knowledge of the body and hundreds of yoga moves, Sharon is able to build strength without pain. Every pose has a purpose. She gives you the tools to bring awareness to your body’s sense of self. This is called proprioception and it's awesome.
As we age, many different things begin to happen. We may experience thinning tissue, weight gain or joint pain, however, there are things that we can do to help. As a kid we didn’t think about our bodies - you just ran and jumped and played. 63% of falls and trips happen after the age of 65. As we age, we need to be aware of this and learn how to function safely even with joint pain. We need to keep exercising but with an understanding of our bodies and movement.
Personal trainers can help you to modify your exercise routine and I am a huge fan of yoga for mind and body. But first, you must have a sense of your body, its needs, and abilities.
Thank you, Sharon, for sharing your wisdom. Challenge can be fun!