I was in my early 20’s during the 1980’s Jane Fonda era of fitness. The premise was “No Pain, No Gain”. In retrospect, this was a very dangerous way of thinking and I have the achy knees to prove it. If only I knew then what I know now. Exercise shouldn’t hurt. I used to work out so intensely that it left me exhausted. I prided myself on doing back-to-back advanced aerobic classes. Now I’d be lucky to make it through a single aerobic class. Does that mean I’m out of shape? Of course not! Part of the reason for the change is aging but I still consider myself in good shape and extremely healthy. How do I do it? I walk the dog for at least one hour every day at a fast pace. In the winter, dog walkers have the luxury of taking over the local golf course – all 18 holes. In the summer time, when the golfers have the “nerve” to take back their golf course, I find a ravine so I can enjoy nature while my dog runs at full speed chasing squirrels and playing with other dogs. I also exercise with a personal trainer twice a week. Twice a week is manageable for me. My trainer pushes me harder than I would work out by myself at a gym. And it’s motivating to work with him because he’s got a great sense of humour and he’s drop dead gorgeous. Did I mention that he’s a Calvin Klein underwear model as well as a personal trainer? That's his photo on the right! Why is fitness so important in our lives? Exercise can improve your life for the following reasons:
- Improves your mood.
- Combats chronic diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis.
- Helps you manage your weight.
- Boosts your energy level.
- Promotes better sleep.
- Can help put the spark back in to your sex life.
- It’s FUN!
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