There is just no get out of jail card pass for the baby boomers trying to weasel out of their exercise program. Just because you cannot find the time for a workout routine at the local gym does not mean that you have to miss out on the benefits of an at-home exercise program.
We have all given a ton of excuses and it does not take a rocket scientist to list what they are:
- No time for a fitness membership
- Exercise club not near home
- Intimidation when faced with all the equipment
- Don’t want to exercise alone
- Too tired at the end of the day
- Gym memberships cost too much
We have heard them all but the fact remains if you do not do any exercise on a regular basis the chance of your living a long life are nil. Before the years known as, BBB (before baby boomers), most of the adults where you lived were pretty much in shape. Okay you had a couple heavies here and there but nothing like you see today where every other person is way overweight.
So what would you need to do to start? How about something easy and simple that could maybe be done inside your own home? You have options today that were not there 10 years ago. Your home exercise program can give you a complete all over workout. You can easily find a large number of exercise or workout programs which you are able to do in your home and achieve great overall body fitness, targeted weight loss, and even strength training. Can you envision 6-pack abs?
When you begin thinking about how to put your home exercise program together you might just be a little bit overwhelmed if you haven’t made a clear set of goals that you want to achieve first.
Begin by taking a common sense approach and start by increasing your current exercise level in smaller steps. Whatever you do try not to do everything all at once. Our brains often tell us we can do things and then our bodies begin to shout, “What are you thinking!”
Baby Boomer Exercise Program Step 1: Begin by writing a list of the areas of your body that you feel need a little work. Your exercise program should also include a full body workout which focuses on your entire body.
Baby Boomer Exercise Program Step 2: Research YouTube and find a couple easier exercise videos that focus on your problem areas. Make a checklist for yourself so that each time you complete a set of exercises you can check it off the list. This is a great motivator and helps you do just a little more.
Baby Boomer Exercise Program Step 3: ALWAYS begin your exercise program with a stretching set of exercises. These will help improve you flexibility, increase your level of performance for exercising and greatly help reduce the risk of injury. No hamstring pulls please. Stretching is the key.
Baby Boomer Exercise Program Step 4: Do your exercises three times a week. The other days in between can be rest days to do something fun. When you exercise a certain group of muscles on one day you will need to give it a rest from exercising the following day.
Baby Boomer Exercise Program Step 5: You might decide to exercise your upper body sections one day and then exercise the lower body the next time with a rest day in between.
If you have been promising your family for months to get started exercising, but just haven’t done it yet, now is your time to start your own exercise program. Maybe you have been putting it off because going to the gym or joining a class is too expensive, or worse you have really been just plain lazy, or maybe you are not motivated enough because you think exercising is boring. Whatever your excuse – it is time to throw that out the highest window in the house. The hardest part is getting started, but once you begin, you will never look back. The key is just getting prepared and then not being a quitter. And we know you are not a quitter.
Finally note that some baby boomers like to share their exercises with a friend, spouse or other family member. You probably know a few people that might like to begin exercising but who do not know where to start. Having a buddy helps keep you on track and keeps you from coming up with an excuse to not exercise.
In our next stepping stone we will delve into the gear you thought you had to buy… most baby boomers have things around the house they can use for their exercise program instead of running out to purchase equipment. Save money here and use it for that vacation you want to take next summer.
Starting your exercise program today will ensure that your body is ready for any challenge you present to it, like hiking that mountain, surfing the breakers in Hawaii or maybe just climbing the 897 stair steps at the Washington Monument. Baby Boomers just do it!
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