Health

If you take care of your body it will take care of you

Now that I am in my 50’s, I am learning that it is very important to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Waking up in the morning with aches and pains is a constant reminder to me that I am getting older and that I need to take care of this body. If I give my body what it needs it will take care of me. Exercise is needed very much by our bodies.

For those of us that have sedentary jobs it is crucial that we incorporate exercise into our daily routine. Here are a few tips that I used in the past and found to be very effective:

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator- if you have to take an elevator to get to your office, take the stairs instead. If your office is on a floor higher than the 3rd or 4th floor then, take the stairs to the 3rd or 4th floor and then get on the elevator.
  2. Run up a flight of stairs instead of walking- when I commuted to work in Boston, MA when I got off the train instead of walking up the stairs to get to the exit, I would run up them. This helps to build up your stamina.
  3. Walk- On your lunch break go for a 15 minute walk
  4. Stretch- In the morning when you awake don’t just roll out of bed. Instead stretch your body. You can google for stretches you can do in bed. Here are some from Cosmopolitan magazine.
If you are like me, you need to know why you need to do something before you will do it,  so I included a link to an article that explains why we need to exercise, other than for weight loss.  You can view it here.
I don’t want to overwhelm you so start in moderation. You may not be ready to join a gym or you may not even need to join a gym. Start with one or two of my suggestions above and then build up to doing more. Due to a knee injury many years ago, I stopped exercising but each morning my body reminds me that I have to get back into my exercise routine so let’s do it together. I am starting with walking at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes. For me that is walking to the shopping plaza down the street from my home. If I walk back that would be another 15 minutes. I’m not sure if I’ll walk back yet, I may catch the bus back.
Share with me in the comments what you do for exercise.
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