The greatest risk to your health and happiness, luckily has an easy solution. It is the second ugliest word in the dictionary and it is the root cause of the first ugliest word, regret. Procrastination. I have been meaning to write about this for awhile but never seemed to get around to it….
Let’s get into how this affects your health. Workout routines are a plenty. You can find over 18,300,000 if you google the term “workout routine”. So, which one is right for you? The simple answer is it doesn’t matter. The most important part of a workout routine is that you get started. Start now. The most difficult part of getting yourself into better shape is physics and creating momentum from an object that is in rest (you). Something like, a rolling stone gathers no moss. Or maybe more to this case, a rolling stone gathers less rolls of fat and has higher self esteem.
It doesn’t matter if you start by swimming, gardening, walking, biking, zumba, yoga, dancing, aerobics, walking to the grocery store instead of taking the car, just start now. Start slow and progress. Move every day. Back to physics and some good news. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Start now.
There are so many stories of inspirational seniors doing amazing things every day. Like, Simon Murray who at 63 reached the South Pole unsupported or Gladys Burrill who ran her first marathon at 86 and broke the world record at the age of 92 or Tamae Watanabe who climbed Mount Everest at 73 or Heinz Wenderoth or we should say, Dr. Heinz Wenderoth, who was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover at the age of 97 or Scotswoman Diana Hoff who crossed the Atlantic to become the oldest woman to row across an ocean solo at the age of 55. Now, of course, these are almost superhuman achievements by some of the most motivated human beings in the world. All that is being asked of is get moving, a little more every day. Start now. The rest will take of itself.
Don’t set yourself up for failure. See that picture above. Yeah, that is not going to happen overnight or even next month or maybe you may never look like those guys and that is ok. The idea is about improvement. Continuous small improvements will make a huge difference down the road. One more proverb. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and big mountains are made of small pebbles…well that’s two but no worries. Start now.
Listen to your body. If you feel pain, take a break or reduce intensity. If you feel pain in one set of muscles try switching activities. Different activities use different muscles. Give them a break. The most important thing is that you start now. Right now. Eat less, move more. It starts with that and is that easy. Don’t procrastinate. There it is. Now there are 18,300,001 workout routines in the google universe.
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do”