If you are not on a regular exercise program right now, chances are you have a good excuse. Right? Wrong! As we age, it becomes more essential than ever to exercise. Excuses just don’t cut it anymore. Exercise is the one thing that is a game changer for everything in your life, like increasing overall motivation and self-confidence, libido, immunity, helping with menopause and sleep, improving memory, bringing more oxygen to your skin which helps with aging, decreasing stress levels and oh don’t forget about the actual physical benefits like losing weight, toning up, having more energy and lowing your blood pressure. So why aren’t you still exercising? I’m assuming of course that you haven’t started yet, but congrats if you are exercising…you are an inspiration for the rest of us! WebMD had an excellent article on the top 6 excuses on why we chose not to exercise. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/the-top-6-exercise-excuses-and-how-to-beat-them. (Great article that you really should check out.)
Good news is we’ve all been there, so you certainly are not alone. Since the general population sometimes needs a little push to start unpleasant, yet healthful things, I would like to double-dare my excuse makers to a 90 day exercise and health challenge. You’ll need to set some exercise and diet goals for yourself (check out my blog under Fearless on Goal Setting) and if you need help, you can email me for support at [email protected]. I will try to encourage you as much as I can.
First, get a notebook to write things down. Next, take your weight and measurements for a baseline and every week (I do my weigh-ins on Friday morning) weigh yourself and once a month take your measurements (this is where it gets exciting and you see the real results). I measure chest, waist, right upper arm, right upper thigh at largest part and hips. You will be recording all of these numbers into your trusty notebook (or Excel spreadsheet, if you want). Thirdly, you need to find an ideal exercise program for yourself, but the idea is that it must work for you and it must be something that you will be able to commit to for 90 days. I recommended some DVD’s in a previous blog on Goal Setting, if you need some suggestions. Lastly, If you like the way you look and feel after 90 days, continue with your new routine. You are now on your way! Easy and you didn’t even know what hit you.
Often when people do a 90 day challenge, they also change their eating habits. Maybe you’ve been wanting to try a different way of eating to see how it makes you feel, such as going gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan or vegetarian and since most of us have a few pounds to lose, you will need to lower your daily amount of calories consumed. Using an app like MyFitnessPal, which I personally use, helps you keep track of calories consumed and how many calories you should shoot for every day, but there are many others.
A great way to commit to this new exercise program is to enlist friends to join in for support and commiseration. A 90 Day Challenge may be just what those friends need right now to help break up the winter time blues. You may be a godsend by offering up this challenge. Maybe your whole office or school could do the challenge with you. Part of being fearless past forty is being healthy. Would you commit to 90 days if you knew you would look and feel better at the end? I hope so. Accept the challenge and prosper, my friends!