About two months ago, I made a post (you can read it here) about my grandmother’s affinity for swimming and her dedication to exercise. I was not expecting much of a response, but in the time since that post, I have received no less than 20 messages (probably closer to 30) from people that were touched by my grandmother’s persistence and determination and used it to try to motivate their own grandparents or parents to get moving and try out the pool. My grandma is always going around touting the benefits of the pool (hey, can’t argue with results), so she loved when I told her the impact she was having. I am really glad I wrote that post because my grandma has long been a major inspiration for me but I was glad she could inspire others too.
Well, it gets better. This past Saturday was her 89th birthday, and she celebrated by going for a swim, taking a long walk (with her walker), and playing upwards of ten games of bowling on HER Nintendo Wii. Yep, my grandma’s got a Wii.
(That picture is not her, by the way)
I’ll be honest, I’m not a big video game guy, and while I’d heard of the Wii, I’d never played one, or even seen one up close (weird, I know). Anyway, to make a long story short, my grandma skunked me. Before you laugh too hard, just know that I wasn’t even that bad. I think I rolled a 172 as my best, but she scored in the 180’s—I told you, she’s a stud.
The point of this post was not to illuminate my lack of proficiency when it comes to video games though. In fact, let’s agree never to mention that again. My point was to brag about my grandma and share another way that she’s found to stay active and get some more exercise into her life. It was great to watch her move around, and have fun doing it. For young and fit individuals, it probably isn’t going to do much as far as exercise goes, but for older people that struggle to get around, I think it’s great. Her friends play too, so it’s something they can do in groups.
The game we got her also has golf and boxing, and apparently boxing is quite the workout. I thought about asking her to teach me that too, but if her boxing skills are anything like her bowling skills, I’d better watch out.
For those of you that have sent me messages about your grandparents (or parents if you’re older) that are struggling, this could definitely be a good gift to get. Plus, it will make visits a heck of a lot more fun.
I’ve got to run, but thank you for everyone that sent me messages before about my grandma and used her story to get your own grandparents up and moving. I’m proud of her, and it meant a lot to both of us.
Take care, and have a good day.