By Sherry Steinman
Shorts, with the accompanying legs sticking out of them, are coming soon. In fact, they’ve been here briefly … at least for some hardy souls … and have gone away, only to return – shortly. Yes, shorts, from the very short to the somewhat short, will be coming out of closets, drawers, and stores – and we must be ready for them! In the interest of mental and physical wellness, let’s take a look at this approaching wardrobe inevitability.
Legs, Legs, Legs
Along with the warm weather that we enjoyed a few weeks ago, we saw a variety of legs. The white legs looked rather timid – almost blinking and squinting in the sunlight. These pigment-challenged legs were not quite ready for public viewing, but well, it was SO nice out!
We also saw a few pairs of tan legs. Were they legs recently returned from a trip to Florida, or were they recently returned form 30 minutes at a local tanning salon? Not sure, and not sure the salon is a good idea health-wise in any event. They did, however, look a little more at home in the shorts.
In addition to the white and the tan, we saw many other leg varieties including the very hairy and the very muscular – and they were on the same woman. Yet, she wore her shorts proudly. You go, girl!
More Short Subjects
But wait! Let us not limit ourselves in this discussion of short subjects and the related health-wise choices to be made. As spring approaches, ‘shorts’ also applies to short hair, short skirts, and short sleeves. As for sleevelessness – it’s time to be VERY cautious.
Many people who are well into their senior years can wear short hair quite well. Some can wear short skirts very nicely. But, sleeveless tops and shirts, tanks and the like, are no friend to ‘relaxing’ triceps and biceps. Beware — and probably, don’t wear. Well, unless you’re gardening in your own yard (a great mental and physical health activity) and then anything goes.
Further on the subject of shorts, let’s consider short walks. A short walk is better than no walk. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to exercising or working out, at least work in some short walks whenever possible. One patron at the Emerson R. Miller Library recently told me that her husband says he’ll, “stay in the car” when she goes into Wal-Mart … but what she actually finds when she’s heading back to the car is that Bob is walking the far corners of the parking lot, using his 15 minutes of time wisely.
Just think! You can wear your shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, and show off your new short hairstyle all while on a short walk! How’s that for a healthful outlook?
And whoops! I’m short on time now. More again soon.