Can We Talk About Aging, Motivation And Exercise?
To exercise or not to exercise……that is the question. Of course, we should exercise. That is the logical answer. BUT…motivation is another story. Why is motivation to exercises hard as we age? We know exercise is good for us no matter what our age is. There are numerous studies to prove the advantages of exercise. And then there are the quotes: “ Motion is lotion.” “Exercise is medicine.” “ Energy begets energy.” But I’m old.er than I’ve ever been. This is exercise motivation is hard!!!!
Where to begin. A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. Many times, we tend to focus on what we can’t do rather than what we can. Is walking painful, can you ride a bike or swim? There are many choices, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, bar class, dancing, walking, running.
How do you see the future you? How do you want to sum up your life’s story….avid TV watcher? It is hard to contribute to the needs of others when you are too fatigued to get out the door.
Yes, you can improve your fitness and motivation with exercise. Talk to your doctor first for clearance. Picture a healthy future for you and begin.
- If you have been sedentary for more than 4 weeks, start slowly. Walk for 10 minutes 4-5 x week. If this feels good, increase the time by 5 minutes each week. Walk in a well-lit, safe area. Having someone to walk with creates accountability and the social aspect is very valuable.
- Walking is not for you….how about pool aerobics or begin by walking in the shallow water. The resistance of the water will increase your strength and muscle endurance. Start gradually.
- Check out local classes, yoga, Pilates, tai chi all these address posture, core strength and balance.
Funny thing about overcoming excuses…it strengthens resolve and makes it easier to say yes, the next time. If you would like to meet with a physical therapist to provide you with assistance in beginning a safe exercise program, click here to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to meet with one of our physical therapists.
We are movement experts!
Pamela Kline PTA (Pam is a PTA at our Lewes location and is certified in the LSVT BIG Parkinson’s Program )