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The Sound Old People Make Sometimes

May 24, 2012
Charles Laquidara , The Maui Weekly

As people get older, one of the negatives is the fact that they find themselves literally "grunting" when they stoop down to pick up something--or often, when they are attempting to do almost any kind of exercise.

If you are too young to relate to this, then watch closely as older people let out a low-pitched "grunt" when they reach down to put their socks on, or do something that you can easily do at this stage of your life.

But also know that when "your time" comes (and hopefully, it will), the reason they are grunting (and the reason that you will someday be grunting) is simple.

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"The sound old people make sometimes" comes from them holding their breath whenever they do things that are slightly more difficult than the normal walking, opening a door, or getting into bed, etc.

And now (drum roll please), the solution: As they say in all those yoga classes, breathe through an exercise instead of holding your breath. Keep this in mind when you hear yourself or others making that "grunting" noise. Breathe through it.

Problem solved. Why no one ever talks about this is beyond me. Share this with all your friends--especially folks who are over 50. Those who do the "breathe through" will be ever thankful that you shared this little trick.


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This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as host of "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio. Email For more information, visit



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  1. You are deaf and can’t hear anything and no one has told you, so you don’t know.
  2. You are too young to grunt and when you get to be 50, you will be ready to die anyway.
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