Exercise Motivation

Stretching actually doesn’t do any good for the average person

My wife, Sunny, decreed April to be Fitness Month.  No joke.  A time to re-dedicate ourselves to eating right and physical activity.  No dining out for the entire month.  No junk food.

In the spirit of Fitness Month, I restarted my exercise efforts, which had been on hold for the previous month.  I’d simply been lazy.

To help me judge effectiveness of my exercise, I measured and recorded my baseline fitness.  I re-measured after six weeks.

Exercise isn’t fun.  You need good reasons to do it.  Here are mine:

  • it keeps you young (fountain of youth)
  • longevity
  • less low back aching
  • injury resistance
  • dementia prevention
  • lowered risk of heart disease and cancer
  • I’m a sheepdog, not a sheep
  • weight management
  • emergency preparedness
  • more energy to enjoy life (hiking, camping, horseback riding, long walks with others, etc.)

If you hope to exercise regularly, you’ll need your own list of reasons.  You’ll have days, weeks, or months when you just don’t want to exercise.  Review your list then.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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  1. I have been walking faithfully over the years, and continue to do so. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, so even more reason to keep up the walking, but I need to get into the lifting of weights to fight the osteoporosis in the upper part of my body. My life is busy, but I need to block out a section of my day to build muscle, because next to healthy and fit muscle, bones are getting stronger. No excuses for not exercising. We have to make time for it.
    Rosie