I used to play sports, field hockey and lacrosse, back in high school and college. At age 55 I embarked on a mission to improve my health and fitness. I had just entered the obese range and was scared and depressed. I was shocked that I had let myself get in this condition. I was scared, knowing I had put myself at increased risk for a multitude of health problems. I had grandchildren and longed to be an active part of their lives, not just sit on the sidelines and idly watch them play.
I had used many excuses in the past such as I’m too busy, there isn’t enough time in the day, I will begin tomorrow or Monday… At 55 I found myself adding on new excuses such as I have arthritis, my back hurts, I’m too old for this, what’s the use and on and on. Instead of giving in to those excuses I began to exercise regularly and I got stronger, I could touch my toes, I had more energy, I was in a better mood! I may not be sprinting down the lacrosse field but I am I am more fit at age 58 than I was at 55.
Here are some excuses and myths that we try to get away with as we age to avoid exercising. While these may seem like very good reasons to slow down and take it easy, they’re even better reasons to exercise regularly.
I’m too old and getting older by the minute
You can’t stop the time clock but by exercising regularly you can look and feel younger and stay independent longer. Want to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and obesity? Then exercise! You are never too old to get moving and improve your health.
By Exercising my risk of falling is greater
Exercise actually reduces your risk of falling by improving stamina, balance, strength and prevents loss of bone mass
I can’t do what I used to be able to do
Being sedentary takes a greater toll on our ability to move than aging does. While you may not be able to do the same things that you could in high school or college it doesn’t mean that you can’t experience a sense of accomplishment and achievement with exercise or improve your health. It is important that you set goals that are appropriate for your current ability level and keep moving forward!
I have a multitude of aches and pains…
Exercise can help you improve your strength and self-confidence as well as manage pain. The key is to start off gently and of course talk with your physician.
I have a disability or injury
People who have physical disabilities do face additional challenges but there are many exercises and types of movements that they can do! Examples include: lifting light weights, stretches, chair aerobics and yoga, and Tai Chi as well as swimming, walking and biking. These can help increase range of motion, improve muscle tone and flexibility, and promote cardiovascular health.
Now that we have put those excuses and myths to rest: let’s get MOVING!
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Hi! This is Donna. I am a grandmother, mom, wife, and a teacher. I also love cookbooks, love to bake and really enjoy food! At age 56 I have developed a love of fitness after losing 46 pounds on the 21 Day Fix! I have always struggled with my weight! When menopause struck and things got totally out of control… My weight only went up not down. My muffin top turned into a bakery shelf. I desperately wanted to lose weight and improve my health. I wanted to be able to play and keep up with my beautiful grandchildren. Nothing I tried worked until I found the 21 Day Fix. Now instead of a tight size 16 I wear a comfortable 8 and even some 6’s! At age 56 I am in the best shape of my life. My current goals are to improve my strength and to continue toning my body. I along with my daughter, Danielle, am here to help you reach your own fitness goals! You are never too young or old to become fitter, healthier, and stronger!