Okay, guys, listen up. There’s something we older men should talk about. Something we should be doing Yes, I’m talking about exercising regularly at our age.
Let me remind you how this works. If we don’t exercise, our bodies and brains head south. (Ever heard of “use it or lose it”?) With too much weight, too little flexibility, balance or aerobics, we may be cutting years off our lives. Even worse, we could be creating health problems for the near-future. I’m talking pain, loss of physical abilities and big medical bills. People shaking their heads and wondering how we got that way.
I’ll give you this: You know about exercise, but you’re thinking it’s just too late and too hard to start now—”At this stage in life, why even try?” Pain and discomfort are part of exercising, and you don’t want that.
Another year is about to start, so let me offer this hopeful note: I’ve known any number of out-of-shape old guys like me who’ve decided that they don’t want to die young, don’t want to spend their later years in doctors’ offices, don’t want to have brains and bodies that are rusty. They swallow their pride—and maybe some of their laziness?—and come out for exercise classes, where for awhile they might look uncoordinated or pitiful.
Know what happens over time, though? These same guys gradually turn a corner toward healthy living. Even though they may never change into bronzed-and-buff Charles Atlases, they soon regain some of their self-pride as the benefits of exercise start to show.
What do you say, then? Ready to hit a gym or a walking path or a Seniors Activity class? Ready to turn around the downward spiral of your health?
Good for you—I’ll see you there….
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