Sunday, April 07, 2013
Are you too old for fitness? NO! There are measurable health benefits that come from a consistent exercise program at any age.
The first step in beginning a program at any age is to evaluate your goals and abilities. Make sure these goals are realistic and have possible attainability. I can sit here and say I want to be an Olympic downhill skier as my goal but 1. I donít ski and 2. my hips and knees would not tolerate the torquing and stress of downhill snow skiing. I believe that this unrealistic goal setting forces is why so many people fail in their quests for New Yearís Resolutions Donít create goals you can achieve in 3 weeks but keep them possible with hard work.
Now that youíve set your reasonable fitness goals, the next step is to confirm that you are in safe-health before you begin. If you are taking medications for heart issues, cancer or other health issues that has you in regular contact with your doctor, get their approval before beginning. If you have their blessing then you can begin.
Many people feel support from group classes or walking with friends helps to keep them accountable. At this stage of our discussion, your age is irrelevant. Activity is the goal. What that activity includes will depend on your age, ability, health and goals. Whatís most important is that you are making a choice. You are choosing to make the effort to enhance your mood, flexibility, strength, balance, muscle tone, bone density and best healthy opportunities by making a commitment.
What keeps you from starting right now? Get paper. Make a plan. You will welcome the increase in energy and spirit that accompanies your choice.