Sorry, I had to include exercise as one of my healthy resolutions for 2015. It is probably the most common resolution made, but also probably the least successful resolution.
Get Into a Routine
Exercise is one of those things that the more you do it, the easier it gets to be, and the less you do it the harder it seems to be. As you age it seems to get worse, especially if you suffer from joint pain or other mobility issues. I do suffer from mild arthritis, but I realize that the more I move, the easier I can move, and the longer I will be able to keep mobile. The problem is finding the motivation to keep moving. The trick, I think, is to incorporate some form of exercise into your daily routine so it becomes a habit instead of a chore.
In my very seasonal landscaping business, I have no trouble staying fit and limber from April through October, in fact, some days I put in six hours of gardening and then can hardly get out of my van when I get home. When the season winds down late in October, my body seems to do the same. A poor excuse I know.
Walking is Great Exercise
Exercise does not have to be expensive or complicated. My favorite form (other than gardening) is walking. My husband and I try to get a one-hour brisk walk in every evening, but I must admit the cold and/or icy weather is certainly a deterrent.
Another form of exercise I enjoy is yoga. During gardening season, I do yoga stretches before leaving the house in the morning and as soon as I return home. If I forget to do this before I leave, my back reminds me within thirty minutes of work and then I have to quit earlier than anticipated.
Although planks are not considered to be yoga, I do add them into my stretching routine for extra work on core strength. Don’t be discouraged if you cannot do the planks for long at first; start slow and build up the seconds.
Get Addicted to Exercise
Whatever exercise regime you decide to pursue, remember that exercise can be addictive; the more often you do it, the more you look forward to it, and most importantly, the better you feel…