The verdict is in; we can’t just sit on our laurels any longer and expect to have long enjoyable lives. The good news, the key to longevity and life enjoyment can be attained with relatively little investment of time – about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I spend more time on makeup and hair a day, so it’s time to take the plunge – I must begin to exercise. The problem is where do I begin? There’s the Yoga studio down the street, that looks wonderful and relaxing – the personal training studio around the block – I do like one-on-one attention – but what is best for my overall health. If I’m going to invest 2.5 hours per week, I want it to count. Let me share what I have discovered about health, getting fit, and the road to travel:
Exercise is the single best activity you can do to maintain your health and reverse many health issues. That’s right, better than medication, better than modifying your diet (unless you have a health issues that requires such) and can actually reverse type 2 diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Not to mention the added bonus of dropping a few dress sizes. Sticking with an exercise plan is the key, even if you don’t spend a lot of time working out. The health benefits of activity follow a breathtakingly steep curve. “The majority of the mortality-related benefits” from exercising are due to the first 30 minutes of exercise, said Timothy Church, M.D., who holds the John S. McIlhenny endowed chair in health wisdom at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.
My goals were simple. I wanted to continue to enjoy the activities I love for years to come; golfing, traveling, boating, shopping, and the energy to spend time with friends and family. Well, I also wanted to drop a few sizes, of course and if possible enjoy exercising. I discovered to attain this, my exercise routine needs to incorporate 3 elements.
1. Cardiovascular endurance, the ability of the heart, lungs and vascular system to deliver oxygen-rich blood to working muscles during sustained physical activity – this ensures heart health, controlled blood pressure, cholesterol levels and boosts overall energy.
2. Strength training which will combat age related muscle loss and protect my bones and joints from injury, and
3. Flexibility ensuring I can continue to move fluidly and without pain for years to come.
Finding all these in one approach was a bit of a challenge, it required a variety of exercises each week. I wasn’t going to find this in the super focused boutique studio. I found my fitness answers though a studio fitness center. Unlike a big box gym where the population was half my age and double my energy level, my gym offers a variety of group fitness opportunities, cardio studio, and resistance training options where the participant’s look and feel a lot more like me. I didn’t have to sacrifice yoga or a personal trainer. I have discovered Zumba – its great fun, and functional strength training. I was able to work with a fitness professional and develop a plan that began at my fitness level and lead to the results I aimed to achieve. My gym is like Saks – it’s a one stop shop for my fitness needs. It is my body therapy. For my friends in Palm Beach considering fitness options I encourage you to explore Ultima Fitness Downtown in West Palm Beach, you will be glad you did for years to come.
62 years young
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