Monday, February 18, 2013

The Aging Advice That Freaked Me Out

I can't seem to escape the anti-aging advice I learned from two world-renowned dermatologists last week. Seriously can't get it out of my head. Viewers and Facebook friends I ran into this weekend were disturbed by it too.

If you haven't heard it yet, here you go:

Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields said when it comes to exercise and aging, stop running. By all means, don't run outside. Why? They say it stretches out the ligaments and connective tissue in your face, making you sag. Add sun exposure to the mix, and it's a double whammy.  Click here to watch the story.

Sure, some of my girlfriends woo-hoo'd as they poured another glass of pinot noir the night I reported the news on CBS11. But for all of my half-marathon-loving-girlfriends who say running has changed their lives, keeping them happy, thin, and challenged, this advice is a total buzz-kill.

With that said, I have noticed how the bouncing and pounding is starting to bother my post-40 body. No sports bra is fitted enough; no shoes are spongy enough. Now all of that bouncing is making my face sag, too?

Time to discover a new routine, Tracy.

So this morning at 7am, I'm pleased to tell you, I found one.

It's called S2S Functional Performance in Bartonville, Texas. As of today I have committed to the pilates-style workout three times a week.  This functional approach to fitness is built around the practice and mission of the physical therapist who owns the facility.

I will not be changing my diet. My goal is to simply find a relatively enjoyable form of exercise that doesn't hurt now and won't in the long-run; is do-able with my work schedule; and is extremely effective.

I will tell you this: I have never seen a place like this before. The concept is research-based, fresh, and straight-forward.

Will it tone, strengthen and keep my endorphins up? I've got 12 weeks to find out.

I'll blog about it here weekly, if you're curious, too!






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