Now that I am retired, I know now more than ever that a healthy lifestyle is key to the prevention of complications later on. I believe that we all know this, however, knowing and doing is quite different! I was very motivated to go to the gym this morning to workout. This is actually my third time going this week. I consider this quite an accomplishment. Since retiring I have only managed to go two times or less per week.
Exercise has been part of my routine for many years. I must confess however, that there have been ups and downs along the way! Sometimes more downs than ups! When my children were young ( 9 or 10 years old) my day used to be so full that I could only find time to exercise at night after I put them to bed. Sometimes it would be 11:00 PM and I would be walking around my living room.Years later, I would walk them to the bus stop at 6:00 am, and would then continue walking around the neighborhood.
When my children were in college, I lived right across the street from a park so I would rise early and spend 30 to 45 minutes exercising.In the past, my motivation was strongest very early in the morning.Since I retired I have a more flexible routine of whenever it pleases me!
This week I was getting back to my routine after a one week hiatus. I had some back problems so had to take it easy for a few days. Going back to the gym after an injury requires great care. I had to gradually ease back into my routine. I started out by just doing 10 minutes on the bicycle, and 5 minutes on the treadmill.I have increased the time to 20 minutes on the bicycle, and 10 on the treadmill. I usually spend 10 minutes in the sauna after my workout.
It is very stimulating to go to the gym!There are people from all walks of life, and of all shapes, sizes, and ages! I admire those who are in better shape than I am when I see them pumping iron, and doing all the exercises that I wish that I could do! How do they get so muscular? I really admire their dedication. This is the only time that I wished for brief moments that I was 30 years younger! I am however very thankful that I can do as much as I can do now.
Watching the World Cup on TV while exercising is very satisfying to me. It certainly makes the time go by quickly.I also observe the seniors with a lot of interest.I am so encouraged when I see them working out almost as hard as the younger crowd.I feel very inspired when I see someone older than I am lifting weights with youngsters who are 20 something!
I am encouraging myself and you also, whether young or old, to begin or to continue with an exercise program. Sometimes it is very difficult to get started, and for some it is even harder to get that exercise into your daily schedule. It does not matter where you exercise- at home or in the gym. The important thing is to believe that you can do it, and then get it done!