Here’s a question I ask everyone I interview on Aging Gracefully TV, “How long do you want to live?”
People almost always give this answer:
“I want to live as long as my mind is healthy and I can still be of value to others.”
So, if everyone says they want to live with a good healthy brain so they can feel valuable, is everyone walking daily, exercising three or four times per week, eating healthy foods, and only consuming occasional sugar and alcohol?
As for me, I think I have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other whenever I’m considering whether I should take a walk.
“Hmmm, should l take a walk to feel invigorated, or take a nap to hopefully feel invigorated when I wake up?”
Some mornings, I say, “I’m going out for a walk as soon as it gets lighter outside.” But an hour later, I’ve already changed my mind.
“Brrr, it’s too cold to walk. I’ll do it at lunch time.” Or, “I’m running out of time and I don’t want to be late to work.”
Looking for excuses? I’ve got them.
What I don’t have is a walking partner!
The best way to stick to an exercise pattern is to have a partner or buddy to exercise with. They motivate you and keep you accountable!
The benefit of teaching my Strength and Balance classes is that I’m getting a workout while I teach the four classes a week, and I rarely miss because 1.) I feel an obligation to my students, and 2.) I absolutely love them and look forward to seeing them.
My classes keep ME healthy and I am SO grateful to my class. They are my best workout partners!
But I want YOU to be healthy. I want YOU to continue aging gracefully with
a healthy brain and body.
Since it’s a FACT that exercise and social connections correlate with longevity, please find a class that keeps YOU motivated and makes you smile!
Or, find a workout partner or buddy that you can walk or exercise with regularly.
Tell me in the comment section below…
What have your excuses been?
Do you have a walking buddy? An exercise buddy?
How do you keep yourself going?