It is never too late to start some for of exercise and improve your health and fitness levels. After you hit 50 it is even more important to build a fitness base and make sure you are fit, active and healthy so you can enjoy your future retirement years.
We are all living longer and I know I want to enjoy those extra years. That is why I introduced Sizzling Towards Sixty as a way to encourage others to lead fit, active, happy and fulfilled lives once you hit the big 5-0.
I do this to encourage, motivate and inspire others to realise life does not end at 60 and to have a ‘joire de vivre’ attitude so they are prepared to enjoy the best years of their lives.
I had been fit in my younger years studying dance and my first job and love was my own dance studio, teaching ballet, tap and jazz.
Children came along and I had an ‘on again’, ‘off again’ relationship with exercise in my 30’s and 40’s. I went through phases of walking, aerobics – (remember Richard Simmonds videos or Jane Fonda videos?), and playing netball. I wasn’t committed though and never really made exercise part of my lifestyle.
At 50, I took up running, encouraged by my younger work colleagues and eventually ran a marathon at 55. My husband and I started personal training sessions and the gym about 2 years ago and not it is just part of our life. If I don’t exercise, I don’t feel good. Sometimes, if I haven’t exercised and I’m a little moody, my husband suggests I ‘go for a run’.
I’m not suggesting running marathons should be our goal. I am advocating exercise should be part of your lifestyle.
You need to be Physically Fit BEFORE you Retire to enjoy a fulfilling retirement.
1. Incorporate some form of exercise into your lifestyle
5 times per week for 30 minutes is all you need. You will feel better physically and mentally.
2. Find an exercise you enjoy and make it a habit.
Walk, run, ski, surf, yoga, pilates, golf, belly dancing, dance – it doesn’t matter what you do the important thing is to enjoy it and that way it doesn’t become a chore.
3. Start Now Don’t Wait Until You Retire
By starting to incorporate exercise into your life now, you will build a base which has so many benefits in later life.
I know I want to be fit and active to enjoy travelling with my husband, playing with my grandchildren and just FEELING ALIVE. What about you?
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‘Let’s Keep Sizzling’