Fitness after 40

When I was younger working out was so much fun. Doing crunches was nothing to me! Didn’t really care for cardio and running too much then, but I could jump rope until my heart was content. I would even play my music and jump rope while singing to the beat! It wasn’t exercise to me. It was just plain ole fun. As I get older now and realize that I’m not as active as I use to be, that fun that I use to have is now EXERCISE! I faintly remember the teacher saying that too when I was younger, but it still sounded like fun.

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There are choices that I have to make now as an adult. Some are easier than others. For example, being a prediabetic I still have a fighting chance to avoid full blown diabetes. It takes a lot of discipline to correct my diet and exercise five days a week as the doctor is suggesting. It can be done though. So far I have managed it, but it is not easy. There are a lot of delicious foods out there. Even though I already eat decent now, I think my issue, is the amount of food I eat! “Well, no need to have leftovers just sitting around, I’LL EAT IT!”  Oh, and maybe those extra cookies, and extra slice of cake. It could be that extra handful of nuts too. See, all those ‘extras’ add up!

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As far as exercise, I have good days and bad days like everyone else. I won’t say joining a gym is the answer, but having a workout partner could prove to be very helpful. Currently, I work out alone and it’s very difficult to exercise when I need too. It’s boring sometimes too. I’m finding that it’s best to have a variety of workouts. Some days I dance, or do yoga, and some days I walk. When I feel like a bad ass I run or lift weights! That’s not often!

I have to make a choice! Get it together now. I can at least TRY to do and maybe, just maybe I will be healthy and fit again. For me there is no excuses not to try. There are many benefits to working out such as feeling better, sleeping better, and controlling your weight too. You have to chose what your fitness level is or consult with your physician, but you don’t have to be a health nut to workout at least 20 minutes a day.

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