As many of you know, I have been working on a Longevity/Wellness Book for nearly four years. The idea came to me after more than 30 years of caring for the elderly. Over those years, I’ve been involved in some capacity of care oversight for nearly 60,000 elderly.
Over the past week, I got the opportunity to spend time working on the book with three brilliant women, Aegis Living’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shirley Newell, our Aegis Living President Judy Meleliat and my editor, Janet Goldstein.
I’m happy to say that we’re in the home stretch. I hope the book will be out around the first of the year and that it’ll really help people. One of the biggest takeaways from the book is just realizing how our own behaviors can greatly affect our own wellness.
Yesterday was a great example.
My wife, T and I took the grandkids school shopping and after four hours we came home. I looked at my Fitbit at 7pm and said, “We need to go for a walk.” It looked like we hadn’t had any exercise all day. I had only 4,687 steps on my Fitbit, but when T checked hers, it had 11,678 steps! How could this be? We were glued at the hip all day, never more than a few feet apart.
Or so I thought.
So we retraced the day’s events. When we went to the store, I sat in the comfy couch of the shoe department. Meanwhile, T told me that she’d paced back and forth helping the grandkids shop. She turned over nearly every shoe in that store for an hour. When we went to look at kids clothes, I leaned against a rack and checked emails while she checked out every item on every rack for 90 minutes. While our grandson went to try stuff on in the dressing room for 30 minutes, I went in with him while T went around the store and brought items to us. These little habits add up, she more than doubled my Fitbit output while still being within shouting distance, just a few feet away.
Bottom line: You don’t have to run five miles away from home to get exercise, just go school shopping with my wife. Though I didn’t know it at the time – I made “taking steps” a spectator sport.