TODAY IS THE DAY TO MAKE A CHANGE
THE CHALLENGE FOR BOOMERS
Groupthink seems to be “Someday I’ll get in shape, when I have more time.”
If you do not have time to exercise, will you have time to be sick? Boomers need to embrace the concept of healthy living in order to have a fulfilling life.
The medical community acknowledges that exercise plays an important role in maintaining good health because it supports everyday activities, vacations and fun. From a financial viewpoint, it costs less to be healthy than to be constantly in need of care.
FITNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Mother Nature is working against you. If you don’t exercise but think you are in generally good health you need to be concerned.
As you get older, you lose muscle mass. The medical people call this sarcopenia.
The process begins around age 30 and accelerates from there. Compounding loss of muscle with loss of bone density (osteopenia and osteoporosis) leads to poor posture. This is the reason some elderly people have stooped posture are weak and frail.
The good news is that loss of muscle and bone can be slowed with resistance exercise.
For most people, fitness is not a priority.
Everyday life provides few physical challenges necessary to keep in shape. The decrease in daily activity and the rise in obesity and other physical problems can be linked to modern lifestyles.
Jobs often have minimal physical demands. Many people sit most of the day. Food is plentiful and easy to obtain. Fast food, which is typically high in fat, has become a staple in the diets of many. Stress, related to job and family, contributes to poor sleep habits. Your body responds to the demands you put on it. A healthy body can be built and maintained through exercise, eating right and getting plenty of rest. Of course, younger bodies respond more quickly so the longer you wait to start, the harder it is to gain muscle and bone density.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “IN SHAPE”?
Getting “in shape” is about achieving good health at any age. It is much more than simply looking good. Different people have different goals. It is personal; you set your goals of body composition, strength, endurance, power, balance, etc. The idea is to find the right combination of factors to provide you with the best quality of life.
* Good health supports everyday activities, vacations and fun
* Good health is much cheaper than being sick
* If you don’t have time to exercise, will you have time to be sick?
* Something is better than nothing
* Avoid an all or nothing mentality
* Consistency helps you achieve your goals
* Trust the process and enjoy the journey
I CAN HELP YOU
* Listening – help identify your goals and desires
* Assessment – identify your problem areas: posture, weak and tight areas, muscle imbalances, gait
* Select appropriate exercises for your current fitness level and more importantly help you do them correctly
* Add variety to your workouts; introduce new methods and equipment
* Expand the exercises as your fitness level improves
* Program planning to address weaknesses and muscle imbalances
* Provide feedback on your eating: quantity, timing and food choices
* Offer alternatives to exercises that are causing you problems
ACHIEVING RESULTS – 4 BASIC KEYS
* Exercise, eating right and rest
* Workout hard enough to challenge yourself (resistance, cardio, balance, power, etc.)
* Feed your body with good food to meet your nutritional needs
* Rest and sleep to support fat loss and muscular growth
FINALLY, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
You absolutely must take care of your body; it is the only place you have to live.
By caring for and respecting your body you will have less chance of being a burden to others and a better chance of enjoying your life to its fullest.