Helping Baby Boomers get fit … get well … and live longer!

Why It’s Time to Get Fit and Well

  • 17th August 2009 |
  • Author: Iris

The baby boomer generation has always put a premium on youth and physical fitness.  Working out to live longer and improve the quality of our life is the most important thing we can do as we move into our senior years.  

If you’re ready to get fit and well, there are some important things you need to know before you begin. Just follow these five tips for getting started on the right foot.

1.    An important factor to consider when you start to exercise is the intensity level.  You must make sure you’re not getting in over your head.  The reason why this is important is because we age differently and, through the years, you may have developed some physical challenges that may need to be taken into consideration before you start an exercise program.  Shoulder, knee or lower back issues require a modified program that addresses these common physical challenges.  If you don’t adjust the level of intensity according to your physical abilities or limitations, then you run the risk of injuring yourself.  Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting any fitness, diet or exercise program.

2.    Another important consideration for getting fit and well now is finding the time to do it consistently.  Carve out a block of time to exercise at least 30 minutes.  You may find early morning workouts are best.  Getting that exercise in before you start the day will prevent unexpected conflicts that occur throughout the day from hampering your routine.  You will also find that an early-morning workout leaves you more energetic, with more peace of mind, and aids in weight loss.

3.    You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get fit and well.  That’s a common misconception that some people have about starting to get physically fit.  You don’t need to purchase a gym membership or expensive equipment to start getting fit.  There are many easy ways you can work physical activity into your life.  All you need to do is purchase a good pair of walking shoes, and make sure that you use them every day.  

4.    Instead of delaying your health and fitness efforts by seeking out a personal trainer and/or waiting until you can afford a gym or fitness center membership, why don’t you purchase some good fitness videos or view YouTube and other online videos that cover your area of interest.  Seek out reputable companies and/or certified personal trainers who have produced exercise videos that address your physical challenges and limitations.  In fact, if you build a library of fitness videos or have a 24/7 resource for them, you’ll find your workouts are motivating and fun!

5.    Have you considered seeking out a workout partner?  A spouse, your child, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a dog would be a great companion to keep you motivated and hold you accountable.

Getting fit and well is not hard nor is it an expensive thing to do.  Seeking the advice of your doctor, carving out a block of time for yourself, purchasing a pair of good walking shoes, watching a good fitness video, and grabbing a workout partner are five things you can do to get started.  

So, if you really want to get fit and well, follow these tips to add years to your life and improve the quality of your life . . . NOW!

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