When it comes to staying active and getting exercise, it’s so easy to tap into your go-to list of low-impact activities like yoga, cycling, tennis, dancing, swimming, golfing and hiking.
Let’s do a quick word association game: What comes to mind when you think of weight lifting? If you’re like most people, one or more of the following popped into your head: Big beefy muscles; Lots of grunting, sweating and strutting around taking selfies in tiny tank tops; Pain…
Sounds too good to be true, right? But in all honesty, it is possible. Exercise is much more fun when we can make it a social event – and if food is involved, so much the better.
Here are 4 ways to make new friends and get fit, simultaneously:
Most of us know that exercising is one of the secrets to good health after 60. Unfortunately, unlike the midlife men and women that you see on TV, baby boomers in the real world are busy. We are juggling careers, pursuing our passions, staying engaged with our families and preparing for the next phase of our lives.
The ideal approach to losing weight and getting fit is based on positive preference rather than harsh self-denial. The key is to consciously choose to weigh less and be in better shape as a preference over the old habits of over-eating and avoiding exercise.
“I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t have the right equipment.” “It hurts my bones/muscles/brain.” The laundry list of excuses that all of us have for not exercising is seemingly never-ending and finding the time and motivation to stay active and fit is something that many of us struggle with.
If you’re the one person on the planet who’s not on Facebook, congrats.
You’ve saved yourself from debilitating bouts of FOMO (fear of missing out) due to viewing travel photos from exotic locales, idealistic visits with perfectly well-behaved grandchildren and other fairy tale visions suitable for a Disney movie.
Tennis is a complicated, beautiful game where there are many skills to master – and strategies to learn. But it also acts as a mirror, illuminating our relationship with ourselves and others, and presents wonderful opportunities to practice mindfulness.
Are you an exercise cheater? I know I am.
Given the chance, I always opt for the easier-exercise way out – whether intentionally or not. I just tend to want to get it over with quickly.
Ever think about how much time you spend sitting each and every day? Right now, as I am on yet another airplane flying to yet another consulting gig, I am trapped in my seat, belted in for the three-hour flight, like it or not.