by Sherry Steinman
So, you’re about six weeks into your 2017 fitness plan. It’s time to assess how you’re doing … or maybe, IF you’re doing!
Are you getting some kind of regular exercise for at least 30 minutes three times each week? If not, remember that even 15 minutes of activity at two different times on the same day is almost as good as 30 consecutive minutes. That could be 15 minutes of brisk walking in the morning and in the evening, or 15 minutes on a bike (stationary or touring) morning and evening – or whatever works for you.
That’s the key. If it doesn’t really work for you by now, you probably will not stick with it much longer. Soon you’ll be in bad company with other New Year’s resolvers who are left with the dilemma of ‘dissolved resolve.’ You don’t want to be in bad company, do you?
To turn this around, take a look at what’s not working. Maybe you don’t enjoy exercising alone, or you want a moderate aerobic workout but don’t like the idea of exercising with a DVD in your living room. (The Licking County Library system has lots of good ones, though!) Joining a class at a fitness club or YMCA can seem daunting. Will everyone in class be 20 years old wearing little thong leotards and thinking you’re too old to be there?
Generally, no. First of all you’ll find a lot of great workout wear that doesn’t reveal much under big loose tops and stretchy pants. Secondly, younger people usually think highly of older ones who are doing something to keep physically fit, and they can be quite welcoming. Third, there are several classes targeted especially to older enthusiasts, some of which are available at your local library.
Here is something else to consider. As part of your fitness plan, you might consider giving yourself a mental boost by getting rid of old clothes that never make you feel good when you wear them. Keep only things that fit well NOW (not someday) and that you know make you look as good as you can NOW. Tight or ill-fitting clothes are bad company too.
By all means, if you are doing any kind of fitness activity that requires using your feet, wear shoes that fit well and still have good support and shape to them. This is easy to ignore! Here I am, an aerobics instructor for decades, and one day I was wondering why my feet hurt for two days in a row and I hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary.
I took a good look at my aerobics shoes and realized that they were about as worn down and mis-shapen as the ones I had relegated to the role of ‘yardwork shoes’ a year or so ago. These were now to be their successors. I just hadn’t paid any attention to them for a while (like more than six months!)
Be sure to lace up your shoes properly, keeping the laces pulled firmly from the toes to the bow, and be sure to wear good, thick socks too, Or, two thin pairs will do. The idea is to keep your foot firmly in place within the shoe, and keep the moisture away from your skin. Good shoes, good socks. Your feet will feel nice and springy even if you are just casually walking.
For today, remember: Don’t get into bad company … wear good shoes, especially when you are more active. Energized? How about getting up now and doing something?!