I used to be a huge fan of little house on the prairie back in the day (ugh, I think I just aged myself!) If you have ever seen that show you realize how much physical labor was required back in the 1800s just to live. Let’s face it, unless you own a farm or build houses for a living, you need exercise! Our bodies are made to move, but with the advances in transportation and computer based jobs that cause us to sit for hours everyday they are not moving as much as required to keep us healthy. This is the reason fitness facilities exist, they didn’t need gyms back in those times because their lifestyle was very active. So if you are looking to increase your quality of life and keep your body in top shape for as long as possible, you must incorporate exercise somewhere somehow. Find something you enjoy and make this a daily habit to invest in your future self. Or you can sell your car, start a garden, or start hunting for your food instead 😉
We live in a day where nutrition is hard and workouts are even harder. Is all that necessary though? Life is all about balance (which I preach all the time). You can’t eat what you want and then punish yourself with exercise. How will that leave you in 20 years? Not in a healthy spot that’s for sure. I was training one of my clients yesterday who just turns 79 today. Sweetest woman! We work on activities of daily living just to make daily living tasks easier for her. Just things like bending over to pick things up, reaching in the cabinet to get a glass, and getting out of bed. We take those things for granted when we are young and don’t realize what it will be like when we lack the strength to do those activities that are required just to survive everyday. She was telling me about her past and how active she was. Typically we think if we are active all our lives, those things will never be hard. But she was very active when she was younger. Then she said to me “I think I may have done a little too much.” Activities that she really enjoyed, like golf were becoming hard on her joints and back. THIS is why balance is so important. It’s okay to do tough workouts a day or two a week, but I also take some days and do “light” workouts which I call “active recovery”. It’s so important to listen to your body and not push beyond your limits on a constant basis. After all we have only one body and when it’s worn out there’s only so much you can do to just to maintain a good quality of life. So find that life balance and maintain that within limits. Also, be sure to eat healthy so that you support your active lifestyle. It can be a double edged sword if you are eating crap and then thinking that you can just work it off in the gym. It doesn’t work like that and you will pay for that pattern later. If you need help organizing a program to maintain this balance I’m always here to help!