JUST HATE EXERCISE? YOU MAY BE THE LUCKY ONE
It’s been my thought that some people are more “cut out” for exercise than others. At school there were those who loved sports and those who would come up with incredible excuses to get out of it. The same is true today. I know soooo many women who talk endlessly about getting into shape……and, are still talking about it…..never.got.it.started.
Tennis used to present a delicious opportunity to play opposite my gal pal so we could stand and chat – hitting the ball over the court fence so, of course, we’d just have to go after it. If only that level of creativity and energy had been used to REALLY play……I might be wearing white at Wimbledon today!!! Look out Serena!
JUST OUT OF IT
Who among us has been to a hot new class and found yourself out of sync with everybody else, at least one or two moves behind?
It can be uncomfortable to find yourself out of sync but, it’s nothing every person in that super cool class has had to overcome. No need to stay away or feel unsuited to it…..make a commitment to take no less than THREE classes before quitting. Hang in the back and really study the routine. You can do this! Practice with some pals at home.
If, by some chance, you DO have a condition that makes exercise a bit more difficult for you (not just that aversion to sweating and lycra). Read this article about a study at Glasgow University that shows that exercise really is better for you if you don’t take to it easily.
It’s in the genes. Science is finding more and more evidence that we can be genetically predisposed to certain diseases. For example, Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy because she found she had a high risk of developing breast cancer.
It’s also well known that if there is a family history of bowel cancer, eating a healthy fiber-rich diet can help to prevent it’s development. There are lots of examples of these proclivities – I think we all feel that there are numerous factors in health and fitness.
If we accept this fact, then it is not so difficult to believe that genetics applies to exercise as well. It seems that some people are born destined to be fit or strong, and they gain some of the benefits – lower risk of mortality and heart disease – whether they exercise or not. Lucky sweat divas!
This means that rest of us need to get it together and do some sort of exercise, because we are the ones who get most benefit from it. I have always been active and played sports. Of late, I feel like I should make a really big commitment and tighten things up. I have found in the past that I do best when I just go for it. If you find that you jump into a program and then get sore and stop……perhaps wading in slowly by exercising just a day or two a week would be the way to move forward. It’s not so much what you do as just being consistent and moving more. Just 7 minutes a day will reap enormous benefits! I am here if ya need a cheerleader…..anytime, my friends.
WORKING OUT OVER 60? MAKE IT FUN
I love working out and am fortunate to do so without pain. So, I like to try all sorts of exercise. Right now it’s ski season in Denver. I have 36 days in this year and always shoot for 50 by end of season. When I was younger I was a good swimmer and enjoyed it. However, as I got older I found the drama of buying the perfect suite and getting to the pool, getting wet, smelling of chlorine, etc. just wasn’t fun anymore. My new “water” sport consists of a hot bubble bath and very cold bubble drinks! Are ya with me?
I was at the health club this last weekend after skiing and noticed a large group of women in my age group having a blast in CHAIR EXERCISE. They were having SO MUCH FUN sitting …working out….chatting…..I felt like it shows us anyone can get some movement in…PERIOD. Just choose something that makes you feel good and provides an opportunity to move.
The most important thing is ……just start where you are….no judgement….no pressure….do what you love and don’t stop!
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT EXERCISE? WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? DO YOU MOVE EVERYDAY? DO YOU WORKOUT ALONE OR WITH PALS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE?