Home' LOTL : May 2004 Contents One 50 lesbian not only commutes long distances to
work but is also a rower. Having had a brief shot of
rowing a boat at Audley, I have nothing but admiration for
someone who gets out there frequently on the cool waters to
practice and is also good enough for masters competitions.
Then there are the cyclists, casually doing the Sydney to
Wollongong 80km ride.
Every weekend and sometimes in the week you will find
older lesbians cycling and walking through the bush. These
activities range from low impact to strenuous. There are
countless numbers of lesbian sports; tennis, badminton and
golf groups with fabulous names like desperate strokes, or
soccer (Flying Bats), AFL, Aussie Rules, cricket and more.
Some sports like aerobics, weight lifting, or self-defense are
the life long sports of some older lesbians.
Enthusiasts don't suddenly take up physical activities. Most
were involved in some form of regular physical activity in their
childhood and teens. Even if you give up physical activity for
many years the body can more easily respond to a return to
activity when older. For those who have never been active,
starting over 50 may be a greater challenge and a lighter activity
may be better.
There are lots of good reasons for 'getting physical' as we
age. There are the benefits of increasing bone density by
weight bearing exercise; any running around on your legs is
weight bearing. The toning up of the body also strengthens
the muscles of the abdomen. This will give you the double
benefits of reducing the risk of incontinence, and improving
sexual performance and enjoyment. Exercise also reduces the
appetite to some degree while getting rid of lactic acid that
builds up, poisoning our muscles.
Exercise promotes well being and a feeling of pleasure due
to the chemicals that are released during activity. So what is
WAS IT THE TWO OLDER LESBIANS
SASHAYING AROUND THE FLOOR AT THE
MOUNTAIN LESBIAN DANCE, OR A SAIL
ON THE HARBOUR WITH A LESBIAN IN HER
50s WHO HAS BEEN A LONE SAILOR FOR
20 YEARS? WHATEVER IT WAS, IT GOT ME
THINKING ... BY SYLVIA KINDER.
the catch? The main downsides are getting into the habit and
finding the time. One has to be as strict with going to the
dance class or the gym, as in getting to work. As we age we
do get tired. After a work day the thought of doing some hard
yakka can be daunting. It isn't all pleasure either. There can
be some discomfort in pedaling uphill or jumping around the
gym doing hype. We need to pick an activity that we can do,
enjoy, and are able to sustain. An added incentive is to do it
with a friend.
The Contacts page in LOTL has many lesbian sport
groups listed. Ring your chosen one and find out if it suits
your physical level and interest. More gentle exercise like
Pilates may suit you. This challenging but multi level fitness is
done mostly on the floor providing support for those with
knee or back problems.
A new sexy dance form from France, Le Groove, is
popular with older lesbians. Lesbian beginners classes are on
Thursday 7--8.30pm at Rydlemere Bowling Club. Le Groove
is a combination of salsa, jive, rock-n-roll, dirty dancing, and
the lambada. There are 5,000 potential moves! Le Groove is
free from complex footwork, is easy, fun and danced to
modern music. As well as classes there is a Winter Ball and
sometimes the opportunity to perform as a group. Contact
Del and Nikki Gelardi-Bunyi on (02) 9786 6363.
There are other dance studios for lesbians that are older
women friendly; JJ's ring Jan on (02) 9363 4735 and Hot to
Foxtrot, ring Virginia on 0409 596 330. Or you can get out
to the dances that attract the older lesbians and give yourself
a great workout while socialising. See LOTL calendar for
dates of these. These are just some ideas to get you up, out
and getting physical.
For comments and suggestions phone (02) 9745 6270
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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