I have been involved in sports since 1971, when I discovered Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s main book, Aerobics.
Not just satisfied with cardiovascular workouts, however, I also included yoga, weight training, weight training, and other physical activities in my personal training plans over the years.
I said “plans” because, despite the fact that I worked around when I worked, life developed, circumstances changed, I studied more, and I grew older, I sometimes had to change my exercises and methods. ,
However, one of the central facts was that the exercises were part of my life.
Even when I was 60 and 70 years old, I continued to exercise regularly.
My body changed, and, sometimes, my exercises changed, but I was stuck with it, and was rewarded with quite good health, besides what my genetics provided (my mother was 100 years old).
However, time and events MUST sometimes catch up with us, and a new “normal” may become a habitual way of life when we do not realize that we have made changes, perhaps in a downward direction.
As we age, things get more complicated, and sometimes it’s very simple to just do a little less or expect a little less from yourself.
It happened to me a few years ago.
My disabled wife and I moved in with our daughter and settled in a small room on the second floor of her house.
The final challenge to arthritis, the “older gentleman,” as our other daughter calls me.
As soon as we settled, the ladder became my enemy, my sworn enemy, and in the end,
I stayed upstairs so as not to climb and descend along them.
As one would expect, they not only became a psychological barrier,
but also a physical one, since it became more and more difficult to rise and fall on them.
I did not like this turn of events.
An active senior citizen, turned into a hermit trapped in my attic overlooking a small section of the street.
I decided to train my mind …
Thinking, I realized that I was approaching the stairs with the wrong mindset.
I assumed that the stairs were difficult to make, so I did not make them.
This was not the man I had been all my life.
By changing my thinking, I decided that the trick was to ease the stairs.
How do you make something simpler?
You practice it.
I decided to do the stairs at least three times a day, whether I need to go up and down on them or not.
The first days were difficult, I admit.
I divided the trips so that I would make one set in the morning, one noon and one in the afternoon or evening.
At first, it was hard for me, and after a few days, it became easier.
Then I expanded to four trips, five trips and, finally, six trips per day.
Then I started walking four days a week.
First for 10 minutes, then for 15 … and, briefly, I’m stuck with it, and now I walk 45 minutes a day, five days a week.
I also lost 35 pounds in the last nine months and the ladder?
All because I’m stuck with this.
These are the 4 words of which MY motivational mantra consists of exercises.
My exercise program worked because “I was stuck with this …”
Although what you decide to do, how you do it, how often you do it and other factors,
all this is important, nothing works if you do not stick to it.
Hope this little story will help you.