By: Terry Burgess, Founder and Men’s Mid-life Coach, Upward MC
It has been proven that one of best things to help reduce the effects of aging of our physical bodies, mental abilities, and self-esteem is participating in a regular exercise plan after age 40. However, there are many different exercise programs out there for us to choose from. So how do you know what is the best program for you.
My advice is the best program for you is the one which you are most comfortable with to give you the results you desire. However, you may be limited by concerns such as physical limitations, time limitations, as well as what options for exercise is available to you.
I wanted to give you some options for exercise for that you may or may not have thought about to help you bring exercise into or back into your life. These options are some very simple and low-cost ideals that can help you begin getting fit again and improve your chances of reducing the effects of aging as well as increase your life span and quality of life. Here are three options for you to try that are low cost or in some cases free to begin with on your journey.
- Walking – This is the simplest one I can think of for a beginner. If you have access to a walking path or track they are great for this form of exercise. It is recommended that you work up to walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day if you are a beginner. However, there are creative ways to get more steps in your life. One way is to park further away from the store or your office and walk and not take the elevators or movement assisted walk ways that may be available. If you are like me and don’t like to walk in rainy or cold weather you could go to your nearest mall, department store, or superstore and walk the aisles. If I want to mix my cardio with a little weight lifting I will add small weights to my ankles and to carry in my hands to help give me more of a workout.
- Swimming – It has been said that swimming is one of the most efficient and effective workouts to develop stamina, tone muscle, and improve cardiovascular systems. However, it is one of the best forms of exercises if you have joint pain from arthritis and prior injuries to the major joints of the body. If you are unable to swim laps, consider other forms of water exercise such as water aerobics or walking underwater in the shallow end of the pool.
- Local Parks Recreation Teams and Events – Many municipal parks and recreation departments offer adult sports leagues and classes. If you are athletically inclined and want to feed your competitive nature take a chance and try out a league. Some of their offerings include basketball, softball, kick ball, flag football, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, wallyball, and disc golf. Some of the recreation classes I found while researching included walking groups, yoga, jazzercise, and zumba.
I encourage you to check with your doctor before you start a formal exercise program to ensure that you are physically able and healthy enough to perform the exercises that you want to enjoy. I am sure they will help you find some sort of exercise that will help you begin your journey. However, I say be like Nike and “Just Do It” and have fun getting your exercise.
Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 45-minute coaching session. I can help you develop a simple starting point plan to help you get on the road from your “mid-life crisis” to your “mid-life rediscovery and renovation” for your life. You can visit http://bit.ly/SchedulewithTerry to schedule you complimentary coaching hour!
Terry is a Personal Leadership and Mid-life Coach for Men with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky. He can be contacted via e-mail at Terry@upwardmc.com or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at http://www.terrypburgess.com