Fitness Not Easy, But Accessible To Most

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Fitness Not Easy, But Accessible To Most

Is it possible to make physical fitness easy?  In other words, is there an easy way to get in shape and stay in shape?  I believe the answer is no. However, getting and staying in shape can be made fun and is attainable for most people.

I believe that anything worthwhile will be difficult to attain. At the same time its importance and attainability is not minimized by this fact.

Making Exercise Fun Importance

Everyone agrees that physical fitness is important in order to maintain optimum health. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, it’s essential to be physically active as much as possible.

However, when it comes to actually exercising or working out, too many people seem to have an excuse, or 5. “I just don’t have the time.” I’m going to start working out later.” “I can’t afford gym membership.” “It’s simply too hard for me to start, so why bother.” “I’m not athletic.” “I hate going to the gym.” “I’m too old to start exercising.”

Despite the well-documented health benefits of exercise, fewer than half of adults in the United States get the minimum amount necessary for those rewards: 30 minutes of aerobic activity, most days a week.

Making Exercise Fun priority

Despite the well-researched  health benefits of exercise – 30 minutes of aerobic activity 4 to 5 times a week – fewer than half of adults in America get the minimum quantity required for those benefits.

About 25% of Americans are inactive. And the older people get, the less likely they are to exercise. That’s a large number of people with a plenty of excuses. I understand that life can sometimes be hectic. And trying to cram in an exercise routine with a job, personal relationships, friends, family, and household responsibilities may seem impossible.

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But people who exercise are also very busy and have a lot of demands. They just make exercising a top priority- like brushing their teeth.  If anything is really important to you, you’ll find the time to do it. Although some of the excuses may be valid, there are just not that many people who can’t exercise if they sincerely put their minds to it.

It’s really important for young individuals to work out in order to maintain good health, but for senior citizens, this is definitively  true. Working out is the best way of minimizing  or slowing down the natural processes of aging. And due to the natural decline in muscle mass–about 10 percent per decade starting near age 50–and declining cardiovascular capacity, the need to exercise may be more important in old age than at any other time in your life.

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Benefits Of Exercise, Especially for Seniors

There is irrefutable evidence that consistent exercise lowers the risk of illnesses including obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Resistance training like lifting small weights can also help prevent bone and muscle loss and shore up joints stressed by arthritis or pain in older individuals. Research also shows that fitness workouts help prevent undesirable hazards like falls and may also delay the appearance of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, what is the best way to fit in exercise and make it a part of your everyday life.  I don’t believe there is ‘one size fits all’ for this question. There are too many variables for different people. However, there is one common requirement. You have to make exercising fun.

Firstly, let’s get real of some myths about physical fitness. You don’t have to be an awesome athlete or a gym rat to get in shape. You really don’t have to join a gym. It’s possible to work out in the privacy of your home with just some basic equipment- exercise mat, exercise ball, and a few weights.

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Making Exercise Fun

Start small and slowly. If possible exercise with a family member or friend. Choose fun activities such as ball room dancing, horse-back riding, team sports, walking or biking clubs, hiking, water sports, and working out with videos, just to name a few.

Use music as you exercise. When I listen to music, it takes my mind off of what I’m doing, because I find myself often moving with the beat. Give yourself a special treat weekly such as your favorite dessert, a movie, and so on.

Plan ahead, and make exercise a part of your daily schedule. When I was working full time, I would work out early in the morning before arriving to my job. I would either go jogging or workout in the house. It was easy because I had fewer competing demands on my time at 5 a.m. than in the evening.

Some will prefer to work out after work and before arriving home. Others may find time to exercise during their lunch break while at work. Maybe your job involves exercising. It all depends. You have to use your imagination. What works best for you?

The Bottom Line

Bad habits and excuses die hard. But they can and will die. You must put it in your mind that exercise will become a part of your life. You have to figure it out for yourself. You will feel a lot better, and have both a healthier body and outlook. If you are presently inactive – no matter what age you are – remember, it’s never too late to start.

Good Luck. You can do it! Make it happen!

This is me taking tennis lessons at age 72. Never too old to workout!

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