A Shoulder Salute

I pledge a shoulder salute to our veterans.

I pledge a shoulder salute to our veterans.

Veteran’s Day 2010

As I pause to thank and bless our veterans and military for choosing a path wrought with sacrifice, hardship and loss, I’m so grateful it’s not me.  Grateful I can be home with my family for the holidays.  Grateful I don’t have to surrender to carrying out decisions that may not be my own.  Grateful I have all my limbs.

On this day I pledge to undergo the grueling training necessary to perform a proper ‘shoulder salute’—a one-arm push-up.  Yes! I’m going to join the ranks of G.I. Jane and Jack ‘Curly’ Palance, not only in honor of our military men & women, but in celebration of my 45th birthday.  I reckon it’s a worthy goal because I am committed to not wilting as I enter mid-life.  I will bravely march on, aging stronger, from the inside-out!  And, what better way to prove this than mastering one-arm push-ups?

My strategy is to work with a personal trainer (aka ‘drill sergeant’) to help strengthen my weak links and push me beyond my limits.  Yikes! I’m starting to sweat already!!!  In fairness to my almost 45-year-old bones, I’m going to give myself six months… let’s target Memorial Day for my debut on YouTube.  In the meantime, I will update all of you on my progress and create a special workout routine—“6 Weeks to Stronger Push-ups”—that will be available for purchase on Memorial Day 2011.  In honor of our service men and women who have been injured, AgingWellWorkouts.com will donate half of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org).

So, that’s the plan.  One-arm push-ups it is!!!  I’m ready to take on this challenge with determination, discipline and sheer guts (you can’t believe how much you need to use your abs for these things!).

Stand by…

Well, you’ll have to stand by a little longer than Memorial Day…see “One Arm Push-up Pushed Back.”

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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