Do you want to be one of those older people riding around on a motorized scooter? Or a wheelchair? Not me! I want to remain self propelled for as long as my legs will support me, and the only way to do that is to MOVE.
It’s not about going to the gym, but if that’s how you keep moving, then go to the gym. I find that making something habitual is my best chance of tricking myself into doing it. I walk the dog. I walk the dog twice a day. Now, I’ve begun counting my steps. My goal is to make certain I log 10,000 steps a day.
No, I don’t count my steps out loud, although I did the first couple of times before I invested in a pedometer. I wanted to make certain the steps the pedometer said I was walking was a true representation of my walks.
I’m a technogeek. I spend most of my day at the computer doing what I do. So when I chose a pedometer, I picked one which would do all the work for me. I consider the money spent an excellent investment in my future good health, and I purchased a Fitbit Zip. It didn’t require me to measure my stride for an accurate step count, it clips to my shirt or bra, or I can carry it in my pocket. I don’t have to be wearing a belt to clip it to. Who wears a belt? As soon as I’m within a few feet of my computer, the device automatically uploads the data to my computer. It even works with some smartphones.
Since that first Zip, I’ve added to my husband’s and my collection of Fitbits. Both of us have Charge HRs so that while we’re walking we can monitor our heart rates. While we have different fitness goals, we agree that we MUST stay fit. The quality of the rest of our life together depends upon it. There are many, many fitness trackers from which you can choose, but do yourself a favor and invest in one. Even if you don’t get a fitness tracker, please Move It!
Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging. The findings suggest that many of our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.