Recently I started a new exercise DVD and I have to tell you it is really tough. I am stretching muscles that I didn’t even know that I had! As you may know, I am a firm believer in walking. I think it is a great cardio exercise and it is easier on the knees than running. As my leg muscles get stronger, I realize that the upper body needs work. But with all of the core exercises, I am really sore. This led me to wonder if I am just getting too old (I’m 54) for this strenuous exercise. There are other exercise DVDs that are a little easier on the body but still strengthen your body.
I realized that I can try those other DVDs but I am not giving in to thinking that I am getting old. I am pushing the limit, I know that my body will adapt.
I also came to realize that when you do a DVD, you do what you can. I may not be able to keep up right away but as I said with the weight loss process, It is a work in progress. There is no time table for mastering an exercise program. Do what you can. I like to think that I push myself but I don’t want an injury either. If I can only do 15 push ups today, I hope that I can add one or two tomorrow. It is not all or nothing. You don’t have to be perfect. It takes time to learn the new exercise.
The most important thing is that I try. Mentally I feel very good about what I am doing, physically, I am sore but I also feel like I am stretching myself away from some of the aches and pains that I have experienced now that I am getting older.
Not challenging myself just because I am getting older is just an excuse to stay with what is comfortable. I hope that I will always challenge myself to be healthier.
Next week I will talk about the exercise benefits for women over 50.Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.