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and I'm finding it easier to accept that I will have some bad days (for me when I'm overtired and stressed I tend not to exercise and eat for energy), but I can put them behind me more easily and get right back on track. I used to be an "all or nothing" sort of person; now I'm learning to forgive myself and accept the fact that I may not be perfect every day, but I'm a heck of a lot better than I used to be!
Forgiving yourself is an important component of staying positive!252
Much of the collected "wisdom" about exercise is questionable. One study says one thing while another study refutes it. So much of the exercise world is dominated by competitive sports or the profit motive. Neither of these spheres have the well-being of the individual as their central motivation. Therefore, exercise your OWN way. Feel free to ignore the advice and rules. Move at your own pace, in your own way, when it makes sense to you. Listen to your own mind and body.
The important thing is to keep moving and using your body. HOW you do it is up to you. The healthiest seniors I have known all exercises. (I am thinking of my father and father-in-law.) But the way they did it was very unique and individual. Still they both have stayed healthy into ripe old age.
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