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Fitness – What does it mean?

Basically being fit means to move your muscles in a purposeful fashion for the benefit of your body and mind.

Many of us talk about trying to be fit. What does it take to be fit? Exercise and proper nutrition will make you healthy in most cases. There is no easy route to fitness but a daily dedication to improving your midlife health and wellness. You make choices every day that will take you down the fitness path or the path of self destruction. I’m choosing the fitness path. I have found the fitness at 40 path doesn’t give you immediate gratification when you look in the mirror; but within a week of healthy eating and exercise you will have more energy then you have had in years. Soon your clothes won’t be as tight and then you have to buy a smaller size or tighten your belt a notch or two. What a great feeling! One of the health benefits you will see in time is reducing the amount medication you take. You will be healthy inside and out.

So let’s get moving. Join a gym, buy an exercise DVD or put your sneakers on and simply go for a walk. Make sure you pick something you will enjoy. Experts say you should get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days.

There are a lot of excuses to not exercise. Heard these before?

  • Not enough time—We all have time to do the things we want to do.
  • Don’t enjoy—Find an activity that you can get in to. There are so many activities out there keep trying until you find the right fit for you.
  • It’s too hot/cold—Find an activity you can do inside on the bad weather days. Walk the mall or go to the gym.
  • Tired—Exercise gives you more energy

The truth is, there are many times I give in to the excuses; but on the days I exercise I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’ve found energy that I haven’t had in years to do other things. I’ve started to change some of my activities to include going to group walk/runs. It’s so invigorating to do a 5K or 8K for a cause with thousands of people who are doing the same thing.

Start this week; there’s no time like the present. If you dedicate time for yourself to get healthy there’s no stopping you!

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