There are no secrets to staying in good physical condition. The trick is trying to maintain that fitness as you get older.
Lifestyle changes can creep up on us while we’re busy living the rest of our lives, connecting with a life partner, raising a family, changing jobs and changing locations.
Allowing these changes can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. If you allow this to happen, you’re not only doing yourself a disservice but you’re not doing your family any favors either.
If you’re not maintaining your health then someone else will eventually have to look after you. This scenario probably isn’t what you want your family to have to endure. You can try to ignore it or point to the person who seems to do everything wrong and, “get away with it,” but eventually, your body will break down from the inside out.
For some people however, it may be difficult to get to a gym or they may be embarrassed to try and keep up in a group setting. Sometimes it seems as if you are working your butt off and everyone else makes it look so easy that your ego takes more of a beating than your body, but that doesn’t make facing another workout another day any easier.
If it gets too tough to get to the gym, the obvious alternative is to work out at home. The trick is to find a program that will encourage you to honor yourself with a workout that’s challenging enough.
Every once in awhile, you get into a rut. Maybe you’re getting over a cold or the flu and just don’t feel up to facing 10 rounds or circuit training.
Maybe you’re in a position as a caregiver where getting out for a workout is next to impossible when you take into account all of the other responsibilities you have on a daily basis.
If you live in an area where the weather keeps you indoors for days at a time, you lose the gains you made and all of the work you put in to get fit - a very discouraging place, indeed. By keeping fitness equipment in your home, you can more easily squeeze in 5 - 10 minutes of exercise to keep your health intact.
It started with fitness television shows and videos sharing hokey machines that started a craze… the Hula hoop and the Thighmaster™. There was a time when home gym equipment was only for the well-to-do with highly expensive machines or at the other end, with cheaply made plastic pulleys and dumbbells. Your options were limited until the industry realized that people were willing to pay for quality equipment that could be used at home and have the convenience of portability so they wouldn’t have to dedicate an entire room to working out.
From there, we started seeing lighter weight treadmills, elliptical machines, TRX™ body weight pulley systems - if you could do it in a gym, you could probably find a way to get it done at home.
Luckily, you don’t need a gym full of equipment to get a proper workout. Look at cardio machines or even a boxing body bag and gloves to target your aerobic system. For strength training, you can even use your own body weight.
Just remember that owning fitness equipment isn’t the same as using it. Stay consistent with your routine and don’t forget that your diet can derail your efforts faster than you can get through the drive-through.
Be good to yourself and keep a steady course. It will make the rest of your life easier to handle.