You are never too old to make a change and too improve your life!
Just after the death of my husband and daughter, I did some work for the Toowoomba city council teaching an over 50’s exercise class in the park – it was a great experience and one that I value very much – as they supported me and made me smile and laugh at a very difficult time in my life without even realising it. You see they thought I was helping them but in reality they were helping me more. Something I will forever be grateful for.
Recently this group of wonderful people approached me to create a program for them through Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-being. I am so excited to be launching the Turn Back Time program and I hope that over the next few months to add information talks and monthly challenges to make it a program with a difference, to get people thinking about creating lifestyle changes and not just turning up to do a weekly exercise class.
Evidence suggests that about half of the physical decline associated with aging may be due to a lack of physical activity in people’s daily lives. Maintaining your fitness has been attributed to preserving independence, assisting in a quicker recovery from illness and can help to reduce the risk of disease.
This week I would love everyone over the age of 50 to embrace the old saying “Turn Back Time’, as you are never too old to get started. Let this be the driving reason to get going today and start to make new and exciting changes in your lifestyle to improve your health and fitness.
Various studies have shown that it is never too late to get fit and the human body is designed to respond to exercise.
Here are nine reasons to start to move today
1. Exercise can improve muscle mass, strength and physical endurance
2. Increase coordination and balance
3. Increase joint flexibility and mobility
4. Assist in cardiovascular and respiratory function
5. Build bone strength
6. Decrease fat levels
7. Improve blood pressure
8. Reduce the risk of anxiety and depression
9. Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
If you are over 50, overweight, suffer from a chronic illness or if you have been living a fairly inactive life for a long time; I would like you to contact your doctor to discuss your new goals and work out the best way for you to get started.
If you have arthritis, osteoporosis, or advanced cardiovascular disease you may be limited with some of your physical activity and it would be wise to get medical advice about the types of exercise you should be doing.
Our lives are valuable not just to us but the people around us and taking the next step to improve our health and fitness will make our lives so much more enjoyable and easier , especially as we get older.
I know for me as I get older I want to be there with my family and friends and participating in their lives and activities – I don’t want to be on the side lines just watching.
So repeat after me “Turn Back Time - you are never too old to make a change’ and start taking a step today – even if it is a small walk around the block – it is a start.
“Strong body, Strong mind, Strong Spirit”.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.