EXERCISE WITH NOTHING TO LOSE

How many times have you heard,” If you want to lose weight get off your butt and start exercising”. You may even, like me, have done just that. You are determined to lose those twenty pounds you’ve put on over the past twenty years. You see the ads for fitness facilities and listen to the testimonies of those who have had amazing results. Cheque book in hand you head out only to discover before too long that what you’ve lost isn’t weight but the money you’ve invested – or have you?

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Celebrate those positive qualities that maturity have brought that make you attractive.

Disappointing Results

I can remember after many years of membership in a club doing vigorous aquafit, bicycling and “body-shaping” exercises, the disappointment I felt that my weight had not dropped – and I was not alone. Women with big bums, still had big bums. Women like me with fat bellies, still had fat bellies. I knew the high dose of insulin was likely the primary causes of my abdominal weight gain but shouldn’t all this exercise reduce the excess weight?

If we focus exercise on weight lose, we are bound to become disillusioned and see ourselves as a failure. We spiral down into the destructive disgust of our bodies. As we age, our physical body changes. That’s a fact. Instead of beating ourselves up because we don’t weigh what we did thirty years ago, we should celebrate those positive qualities that maturity have brought that make us attractive.

Exercise and Body Image

The problem as I see it is that we take up exercise for the wrong reasons. Exercise should be about health not body image, in other words, health should be our goal, not a contrived image of what a woman’s body ought to look like. We are so conditioned to believe that the look of our body is who we are that we don’t appreciate what really makes us attractive. Recently a woman speaking about a friend who is slightly obese commented,” She is always down on herself because of her weight. I wish she could see herself as her friends do.” What makes a woman attractive, at any age? It is not an hour-glass waist or a well-shaped bum.  It is the aura of vitality that comes with a healthy body. The way we walk, the way we hold our head, the way we smile and laugh, these are the hallmarks of an attractive person at any age.

Motivation for Exercise

So, if I’m not going to lose weight, why should I exercise? Today there is so much information out there about the wide-ranging benefits of exercise to health, but this was not the case when my generation was young. http://familydoctor.org/ I recall when in my early thirties, a friend took me to her fitness club. I went because there was a pool and I loved to swim. The fitness coordinator insisted I consult with a trainer and so, on completion of her assessment, she said, “What you need is a redistribution program.” I quickly responded, “If you can move two pounds off my bum onto my chest, I’m signing up”. I weighed one hundred and five pounds at the time.

Young people I know recognize the value of exercise for prevention of age-related health problems but it’s not too late for “seniors” to get a move on. Through exercise we support self-healing and reduce the consequences of disease. Our local communities and agencies offer a wide range of interesting choices that afford not only exercise but essential social interaction as well. Aquafitnesshttps://susanneeden.com/aquafitness-exercise-for-life/ meets my needs but others may prefer dance, pickle ball or one of the many other exercise programs offered.

Taking Action

As much as I love the water, I sometimes describe my efforts to get up and head for the pool as dragging a dead horse to a horse race. What good is it going to do?

To help me keep my resolve to exercise, I have found the following helpful.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can’t do a regular fitness class, do something. Go for a walk. Go grocery shopping. Anything to get yourself moving.
  • Don’t go it alone. Find a friend to be your partner. It really helps to have someone call you and say, “I’ll pick you up in ten minutes”.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your body. People come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can’t do a regular fitness class, do something. Go for a walk. Go grocery shopping. Anything to get yourself moving.
  • Don’t go it alone. Find a friend to be your partner. It really helps to have someone call you and say, “I’ll pick you up in ten minutes”.

Something to Think About

I celebrate my self.

I sing my self.

Walt Whitman

How many times have you heard,” If you want to lose weight get off your butt and start exercising”. You may even, like me, have done just that. You are determined to lose those twenty pounds you’ve put on over the past twenty years. You see the ads for fitness facilities and listen to the…

Susanne Eden

1 Comment

  1. S Koledin on February 5, 2020 at 12:19 am

    I do believe in exercise, it is a mood booster. it does just as much as meds do in terms of building up self esteem, according to the literature.

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