Ugh! Exercise should be a 4-letter word. I have never enjoyed exercise. Not when I was walking with my mother growing up. Not when I was in PE (physical education) in middle school, high school, college…
I never found the fun in exercise. Oh, I did it because it was good for me. But I never woke up in the morning thinking ‘Oh yay! I get to exercise today!’ It was more like ‘Oh great! (in my sarcastic voice) I have to exercise today’.
But I do know exercise is important.
As our bodies change, it’s even more important.
If we don’t use it, we lose it. If we are not working our muscles, then they are weakening.
Let’s face it. From the time you stop growing in your middle 20’s, your body is dying. If you are not growing, you are deteriorating.
Exercise helps slow down the decline.
To the exercise-averse, walking is one of the easiest ways to begin the decline reversal. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a safe place to walk. You can always walk outside in a park or neighborhood or inside in a mall or gym. You can start with a few minutes a day and work up to several miles a day. It’s great for working your heart, getting lots of oxygen to the brain and strengthening not only your legs but your core muscles as well.
It’s still not an activity that will get me out of bed in the morning, but walking is a priority of mine. And not just for losing weight.
Several months ago, I began having a health issue. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I tried several things. The doctor told me if it doesn’t get better, I would need surgery. In my quest to find a solution, I discovered walking helped, in addition to changing a few things in my diet! When I walked, I had very little pain. On the days I didn’t walk, not happy.
Walking is a priority of mine.
There are so many other forms of exercise; biking, swimming, tennis, boxing, cross fit, yoga. The list is endless. Some require equipment, some don’t.
The point is we need to move our body. We need to work our muscles.
Don’t wait! Start today! It doesn’t matter whether you were an exercise guru in the past or not. It’s not too late!
Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar understood the importance of exercise. Overweight and out of shape in his 40’s, he decided to make a change that would last him his lifetime. He states in his book Born To Win “it was hard to change the way I had been living but well worth the effort…the aging process is unstoppable…but the quality of life for an aging person is directly related to how well they cared for their bodies in their younger years.”
I don’t know about you but I want a great quality of life and will do all in my power to accomplish that!
How will you move your body today? Let me know some of the ways you keep decay away!
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. These are my opinions only. If you decide to start a new exercise regime, please consult your physician to make sure you are able.