If you are approaching 50 and have essentially been a couch potato most of your adult life, is it too late to start exercising? I like what Dr. Michael Roizen says in this article: “Well, it’s never too late until you’re six feet under. So it’s never too late until they’re putting dirt on top of you.”
I wholeheartedly agree! Where there is life there is hope as the woman spoken of in this article illustrates. It also goes along with a basic principle of my coaching and my Today’s the Day plan. Taking small, gradual baby steps gently leads you to accomplishing much bigger goals. She just began by taking short walks. Then the walks got longer and she noticed she had more energy and began feeling more positive about her life. One small baby step in the right direction leads to another and then another until you have made some profound, lasting changes.
There are numerous benefits to regular exercise, including better sleep, improving heart health, getting off medications, reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes and other diseases. What’s even more interesting is that exercise improves the quality of your gut bacteria, which influences your immunity and pretty much every aspect of your health.
There’s no excuse for not doing some type of exercise. You certainly don’t have to start off doing the 4-pronged approach suggested in the article. Just start where you are. Take a walk after lunch and dinner when the weather permits. Start with a short walk and increase a little daily. Try and be intentional about taking as close to 10,000 steps a day to begin with. Work your way up.
There are so many different ways to exercise that you will undoubtedly be able to find something you enjoy doing. That’s an important key. If you don’t enjoy doing it, you will find every excuse in the book to skip doing it. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you consistently include movement and activity in your day. (Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.)
What is your favorite form of exercise?
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