Faith Fitness and Laughter

Working Out at any age

on May 27, 2012

So I was thinking this morning as I was getting out of bed, “I am about to start this intense work out series…….can I handle it at my age?”  37 doesn’t seem that old to me, in fact it’s not.  Not at all.  But, I noticed over the years how much my body changes the older I get.  No, I am not talking about the change, I am talking about the pressure that you put on your body and  joints when you incorporate fitness into your daily routine.   Let’s see, I have been on this journey for nearly 12 years.  That’s a lot of work outs!!

I know that the older I get, the more important it is for me to incorporate fitness into my lifestyle.  Cardiovascular comes to my mind first.  With a history of heart disease in my family, that stays in the fore front of my mind a lot.

I used to think getting up at 4:30 to hit the gym was really awesome, but now I just like to finish a work out.  🙂

My thoughts on getting older are just that, my thoughts.  What works for me, might not work for someone else.  I know what my body can take and what it can’t.  Can I get up at 4:30 and go for a run?  No.  That is ok with me.  I am all for waiting after my breakfast and a great cup of coffee before I hit the pavement.  I know that things happen the older that we get; decreased muscle tone, flexibility, among other things.  I don’t think these are valid reasons for not doing anything.

Here are some things that I find helpful and that I will eventually have to do myself:

  • If you are a more mature adult and about to start working out, seek your doctor first.
  • Getting on a set schedule will most definitely help.  Make the commitment to change
  • Starting a new program?  Have a good support team around you.
  • Set realistic goals
  • Be positive about what you can do!
  • Design your exercise program to meet your needs
  • Be careful when chosing a program
  • Yoga anyone??

 

 

Breakfast:

Good Morning!!

I really wanted eggs this morning, so I threw together an omelet:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of Cage free organic egg whites
  • turkey sausage crumbles
  • spinach
  • 2 tbsp of cheese
  • Pepper to taste

I also had 1/2 of a 90 Calorie english muffin with some sugar-free jam on top.

 

 

I didn’t tell you yesterday, but my lil man Dalton, who is the best nephew in the entire world, has Mono!!

He has such a high tolerance for pain, that you would have never known that he was sick in the picture.  His throat is nearly completely closed!!  Poor lil guy.  I went to see him after I got off work yesterday and he asked me how I knew he was sick, and I told him that I used my Spidey senses to tell…..he laughed.  Kids are the best.  Especially these two:

 

I hope that you have a great day!!  🙂

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8 responses to “Working Out at any age

  1. Meg says:

    I love how you said be proud of what you CAN do. I find that really helps me 🙂 We are much to critical about ourselves and don’t give ourselves enough credit! I am so excited for you and your program! But you are so right, notice what you can do and appreciate that!!!! 🙂

  2. I am sorry he is so sick, froyo heals anything right? Your outlook on working out is so refreshing to hear, the idea of just slight changes to make it fun again is awesome.

  3. I like your point about realistic goals – I think everything flows from there! We can’t all do everything and finding the right balance and the right things to aim for makes such a difference.

  4. Missy Gilliat says:

    Hey Brandi, you are so right about changes in our bodies with aging. It takes every ounce of energy and stamina for me to finish my walk and trying to go the “little extra”. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it, you have completed your goal for the day. Thanks for your encouragement. You are an example to us all. You are the best!! Love you and give my love to all the family. Btw. Still Sweating Pink !!!!

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