So many of my friends tell me that they are impressed with my activity level and the things I do daily such as Zumba, biking and running. I tell them they can do the same things I do. “Oh no I couldn’t!” is generally the response I get. Yes, they are right if that is how they are thinking. If you do not change what you do every day and how you think, you will never will be able to do many things. Bottom line is if you want to get fit and healthy, get up and get moving. It is just like that commercial on TV that says a body at rest stays at rest but a body in motion, stays in motion.
Kids naturally love to play and move but as we get older, especially once we graduate from high school and college, our activity levels decrease. More responsibilities and less time are the biggest complaints for not getting exercise in our days, but it is a Catch 22. If we do not make the time to be active, our activity levels decrease more and more. The less active we are the more tired and cranky we become and the more tired we become, the less likely we are to be active.
The bottom line is if you want to be fit and healthy, you MUST make the time to be active and exercise daily. Although the key terms are activity and exercise, that doesn’t mean you have to run 10 miles every day. Think about activities you like to do. Do you enjoy nature? Get out and garden or find a trail and take a walk or hike. Did you ride your bike everywhere you wanted to go when you were a kid? Find a bike, hop on and enjoy the ride. How about the days spent at the pool or beach? Swimming is an amazing way to squeeze some activity into your day. Did you used to run? How about a game of tag with your kids or grandkids? Are you a social butterfly? Find a group exercise class such as Zumba or CrossFit.
Personally, I do all the of the activities I mentioned. I love to be outside so you can find me many days working in the yard or grooming my horses. I have always loved to bike and swim but since I also work from home, I really look forward to heading to town to our gym to see everyone for Zumba or on Saturday’s for the local 5K’s. Mixing it up keeps me from getting bored.
If you are ready to walk the walk and not just talk the talk, the first thing to do to get you moving is think about what you enjoy doing. If you say you have not had time to enjoy anything lately, ask yourself what you enjoyed doing when you were a kid. If you enjoy what you are doing, it does not feel like a chore and you are more likely to stick with it. Get up and get moving – it’s up to you to start.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org