Another Excuse Bites the Dust

It’s never too late to add years to your life or life to your years. Even if you’re a late bloomer like me, when it comes to good nutrition and proper exercise, don’t let a “couch ­potato” past stop you.

I didn’t.

I found some research done with sedentary adults 65 and older who turned over a new leaf and got moving. They cut their chances of dying from cancer in half and from heart disease by a third. That’s no small potatoes.

If you haven’t moved a muscle in ages, I’d suggest putting yourself on a walking program. First, aim for 30 minutes a day to start, then make an appointment with your health care provider for an exercise prescription. It should cover:

Type: Efficient and proper movement combines aerobic (for stamina), strength, and flexibility exercise. Often, one type may be especially important for you. That’s why you should seek the advice of a professional. 

Frequency: This is often you should exercise.

Intensity: This is how hard to push yourself. Another reason to seek professional advice. Basically, start at a comfortable level and work up from there. You don’t have to get involved in extreme sports or exercises to get fit. If fact, programs like “Insanity” and “Crossfit” can be detrimental to your overall health. 

Time: Sets a guideline for how long you should work out. There are 1440 minutes in a day, surely you can find 20, 30, or 60 minutes for exercise. BTW–did you know that 1-hour is only 4% of your day? Surely there is some room for your personal health and well-being.

Progression: Think of this as creating a plan to help you continue to improve. Set up some step-by-step goals. I can help you with this. 

Benefits: This covers how specific movements can help you improve your health.

If your health care provider can’t set up a workout program for you, then maybe I can help. As a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Specialist, I often work with health care providers to not only help you set up a program that is suited for you, but also work with you to help you get the most benefit from it. Bring your health care provider’s clearance to me and I can work within the guidelines set by your provider to create a custom program that will match your current level of fitness, be efficient, and help you to regain some of that youth your former sedentary lifestyle has stolen from you.

You may not be able to turn back the clock… but you can wind it up again! Check our Bodies@Work today!

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