What’s holding you back from getting to the gym other than your couch? Through these past few months so many of us have watched more tv and engaged in less physical activity which has contributed to poorer health. What the Covid-19 pandemic has really shown us is that the best line of defense is proper nutrition and fitness regardless of age. Many people who are older in age, obese or have an underlined condition like Diabetes or high blood pressure, have a lower probability of fighting off Covid if infected. Though eating healthy and being in better physical shape won’t guarantee you won’t contract Covid, what medical experts have documented is that you’ll have a better chance for recovery. That alone is a damn good reason to start some physical activity regimen.
On the other hand, you can also find more excuse to not make your health a priority; no athletic experience, haven’t worked out in years, I’m overweight, I’m overworked, my kids schedule, I don’t have time, I’m on medication, I’m too old you, I don’t know where to start, etc. etc. But at the end of the day, that’s all they are, excuses. Excuses that are preventing you from living better, living longer, and giving you and your loved ones a better quality of life. Remember folks, time waits for no one and you can’t make up time.
So aren’t you worth the time of investment? I say you because if you’re not good to yourself how can you expect to be good to others. Some type of physical activity is a great start. Adding quality foods to your diet is the next step. Making a lifestyle change is next level and a life altering event.
If you don’t have a plan, here are some small step you can begin to take.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Something you like doing already, whether it’s walking, running, swimming, riding, or lifting weights.
HOW MUCH TIME?
Start with 15-20 minutes a day, then increase it to 30, then 45 minutes, then an hour.
Yourself, a friend, your spouse, your kids or whoever helps motivate you. This goes for your meals as well.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT and WHEN?
More vegetables and limited amounts of fruit (less sugar is key in a healthy diet and fruit even though it contains natural sugar, is still sugar)
WHAT SHOULD I EAT LESS OF?
Cut down your sugar intake, less processed foods (anything in a box), fast food
This is a good start to getting off the couch and into a gym but you need to start somewhere. And if structure is what you need to make the change or leap of faith, our staff is here to help guide you through every step of the way. Invite your loved one or friend to come with you, having a workout buddy can help your comfort level. But if you can’t find one, we have plenty of workout buddies waiting to welcome you in every one of our classes. Baby steps become bigger steps which turn into giant steps. You just need to start somewhere to give yourself a fighting chance!