This is not a new year resolution. But if you want to make this your new year resolution, by all means, do so! And if you’re not in shape, that’s OK. We can do this together. Let’s get fit this winter! And stay fit.
During the winter we tend to do less. Move less. This article isn’t about getting ripped, or buff. It’s about staying healthy and enjoying the second half of our lives. It’s so we can start or continue, “Taking Bare of Ourselves“.
Ok, you’re already fit? Great!! You are one step ahead of us. Let’s get fit this winter, and for you, my already fit friend, I hope you’ll join us.
A record number of baby boomers are into getting fit and staying fit. They go about this in many ways. From gentle exercise, aerobics or water aerobics, yoga, chair exercise or intense training so they can join the mud run this May. Baby boomers are the fittest generation to date. So, let’s get those tennis shoes/sneakers on, and warm up!
Starting Out – Please Read Beforehand
I just want to remind you up front, that I am not a doctor. And I am not a physical trainer. So please, check with your doctor first. I can not stress this enough. Ask your doctor if you’re OK to exercise. Get their medical clearance first. We’re doing this to better ourselves and our lives, not wind up being hurt or in pain.
If you’re just starting out, please go-slow. You know best, what you can or can not do. If you begin to feel anything negative – pain, dizziness, out of breath, or faint, STOP what you’re doing. By starting out slow, you don’t wind up hurting yourself, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. When starting out slow, you’ll be able to measure how far you’ve come, as well as how great you’re starting to feel. Sticking with even the smallest regime can become a routine. It can be something that you do for yourself.
Remember that old saying, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it?” It is very true. If you don’t stay active, one way or another you’ll start noticing you can’t get out of your recliner like before. Getting out of the car consists of a lot of moaning and groaning. Or you can’t open the window, to let in some (fresh) air. Maybe you can’t put that case of water in your cart, at the grocery. Do you get out of breath easily? Whatever your reason is, get in shape for YOU! Don’t let anyone talk you out of it, or make you feel bad for doing this. You’re not doing it for anyone else, but yourself.
Believe me, when I tell you, you will feel better, get around a little easier, possibly perform tasks that you were unable to do before. This tends to lead us to feel better about ourselves. I know it does with me. I also feel happier, because I no longer have limits on what I can and can’t do. I don’t do a full-fledged workout, but what little I can do makes it so much easier to keep up. I love it because it keeps me independent. And we baby boomers treasure our independence!
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