Pro-Aging Fitness Kuel Category Expert: Gail Gensler
“I have no time to go to the gym.” “I’m slammed at work. I have no energy to exercise.” “I want to work out, but I don’t know where to begin.”
If you’ve ever struggled to establish an effective exercise routine, you have probably used one of these excuses. Fitness has been a significant part of my life since I was in my 20s, but I understand adding a workout into a hectic day can be a huge hurdle. But if you’ll allow me to be straight forward with you for a moment, I’d like to say this.
If you want an excuse for not exercising, you’ll get one! Juggle life to fit an exercise routine, you’ll be glad you did.
Putting In The Work:
“EVERYONE has half an hour of spare time throughout the course of a day”
Creating good exercise habits is just as hard on the mind as it is the body. I have always been drawn to the gym, or really any sort of physical activity, so I’m not one to lack motivation. I do understand, though, that not everyone enjoys working out as much as me, even at 59 years young. EVERYONE has half an hour of spare time throughout the course of a day, though.
That’s all you need. Honestly. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, one that will make you feel better in more ways than one, you need 30 minutes of physical exertion per day. Everyone has scheduling issues, but you can absolutely carve out 30 minutes for your exercise routine. All you have to do is put forth the effort.
You have to want it. You have to REALLY want it.
Have Fun With It!
Some people can just pump out 100 pushups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks whenever they have some free time. They do that at various points in the day and that’s how they get their results. I applaud these men and women, but that’s never been my style. I need something more active!
“Research the type of workout you think you will respond well to”
Boxing has been my thing for decades. I have been a member of several boxing gyms, including Mickey Demos Boxing Gym, CKO Miami Kickboxing, and Tap Out Fitness. Boxing is the most comprehensive form of exercise, in my opinion. It involves several muscle groups and keeps your mind ticking as you try to nail different combinations. But most importantly, it’s fun!
What type of exercise routine do you respond well to? Did you play sports as a kid? I loved volleyball, tetherball, and lots of other sports that require the use of my hands. This is part of what led me to boxing, and what got me hooked after I took my first class. Research the type of workout you think you will respond well to.
Do THAT activity. Do that as often as you can. The results will come!
Up And At ‘Em:
I’m a morning person when it comes to working out. I love it because I don’t have to think about training for the rest of the day, which eliminates any interference with work or my social life. Plus, it makes me feel incredible and ready to handle anything!
Mornings aren’t for everyone, I get it. Some people have more energy at night, while others peak in the middle of the day. Whatever time you feel your best, make that the time to fit in an exercise routine. This makes it easier to develop a healthy habit.
The Time Is Now:
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
The more you put off exercise, the harder it is to establish your regimen. The first step is always the hardest. After that though, the results start showing themselves. And let me tell you, seeing the fruits of all your labor is an addicting feeling! This is what will carry you to where you want to be, just like it’s carried me throughout my 20s, 30s, 40s, and now my 50s.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Remember this quote as you debate whether or not to get your 30 minutes of exercise in. Your body is your temple. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. So take the plunge. Show how much you want it. You hold the key to your healthy longevity. All you have to do is open the door and juggle life to fit an exercise routine.
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