Fitness and activity are important for all ages. From the very young to the very old, it is vital that you keep your body moving. It was designed to move and when you stop moving, health problems begin to arise. So if you’ve been sitting on the couch for a few years it’s time to get active and stay that way well into old age. Here’s how:
Find Something You Enjoy Doing.
You’re not going to likely stick with any fitness program unless it is fun. So find something fun to do. Make a list of activities you enjoy. It may be as basic as walking, which is really great for your health. Or you may enjoy something more technical like ballroom dancing or tennis. And remember you don’t have to pick just one thing. Actually varying your activities will help you stay interested and engaged. There will be less risk of boredom.
Find Something that’s Easy to Do.
Some sports or activates just aren’t easy to do. They require tons of equipment, time and money. However, other activities are incredibly easy to do. For example, swimming, walking or dancing. They all require very little equipment and you can do them just about any time you want to. Take a look at your list of things you like to do. How many of them do you avoid simply because they’re complicated or require a lot of effort?
Know Your Fitness Personality.
Many people find it easier to be active if the activity is a social one. For example, joining or forming a walking club makes it easier to get out the door each morning because you know your friends are counting on you. And hopefully, you enjoy their company! If you’re a social person, try to add a social element to your fitness program.
On the other hand, if you’re an introvert and would prefer to exercise alone, consider what activities support your personality. Hiking, for example, is an activity you can do on your own that offers a number of benefits.
Pay Attention to Your Current Health
It’s easy to get excited about a new fitness program or activity. However, if you haven’t been active in a while it’s smart to go slow. Talk to your doctor to make sure your chosen activity or activities are safe. Then start slowly. For example, if you decide you are going to start power walking, don’t aim to walk five or ten miles the first day. Walk for one mile and be proud of your accomplishment. As your fitness improves you can add distance to your plan.
The more active you are, the longer you’ll feel healthy, vital and energetic. Choose an activity that fits your personality and interests. Start slow and create a fitness plan that can grow as you do. To your great health!