It's such a cliche isn't it.... "You're never too old" but seriously when it comes to exercise there couldn't be anything more important for you than exercise (and of course what you put into your body). And not just exercise but to start NOW and not leaving it until you've already seized up.
I've been very fortunate, and so has Paul, that we grew up with parents who knew how important exercise was.
My mum is such an inspiration to me ....... she found a love for weight lifting and amongst that she also taught "keep fit" classes as they used to be called. I remember going with her to classes when I was younger. My mother was 43 when I was born - so she must have been in her late 40's when she was teaching these classes.
Here's one of many articles my mother did for Mr Universe magazine in 1959.
So what has my mum's life story got to do with giving yourself a gift now.....
Well my mum is now 81 - and she is STILL teaching dance/keep fit classes! It's not always easy for her - she suffers from ailments too just like everyone else. She has arthuritus and degenerative spine disease - BUT it hasn't stopped her. She honestly believes (and so do I) that her determination to keep moving as slowed the damaging effects of athuritus.
So some of you might be saying - well she started when she was younger and "I'm too old..." .....
On the other hand there's Paul's dad....
Pauls father started competing in bodybuilding competitions in his 50's and look at his amazing body!
Now don't get me wrong - YES - Pops as well call him has an amazing body but that's not the point of my post. The point is that he was 56 when this picture was taken and during that time spent many hours training. While his end goal was to do a bodybuilding competition his body was being exercised throughout those years (and still is at 81!) Weight lifting helps grow bone density and any form of exercise encourages movement, which is what is going to help you in your latter years.
Now I'm not saying go and sign up to do a body building competition but what I am saying is...
- How do you want to feel when you're in your 70's or 80's?
- Do you want to be mobile and not need someone to help you around or even out of a chair?
- Do you want to be able to enjoy doing the things you love to do long into your golden years?
There's a million more reasons why you should start exercising now. Strength work and mobility exercise the types of exercise I feel are the best. Strength to keep your bones strong and mobility to keep your joints moving :)
Give Yourself a Gift NOW for the Future You.....