It was interesting as I researched for this article that some of the data said that Baby Boomers, as a group tend to be pretty health conscious. Other reports showed that Baby Boomers showed more obesity, diabetes, and chronic illnesses than other cohorts. As I read more, what I believe these studies suggested is that the Baby Boomers know what they’re supposed to do, but just aren’t doing it. They are, as a group, aware of health issues and the need for plenty of exercise and a good diet.
Now, as we all know, there’s a big difference between being health conscious and actually becoming active and living a healthy lifestyle. Many times we may be well aware of what we SHOULD do to be healthier, but following through on those goals is much more difficult than creating them.
This is why having a work out partner can make all the difference in the world. This is one reason that the marriage or life partner can be a great a choice to encourage you along your path to a healthier lifestyle.
When you do make that resolution to start working out and exercising regularly don’t keep your decision to yourself. Share your goals of a healthier you with your spouse or significant other. You may discover that he or she also wants to start a regimen of exercise and a sensible diet, too.
Now that you’ve both committed to an exercise and diet program, you are much more likely to stay with it. It’s hard to back out when you’ve got someone else there to urge you on. When there’s someone else depending on you to get out of bed to go to the gym or to walk with you before dinner. You’re both accountable to each other for the next day, the next week, and before you know it, the next month and you’re into a routine that you’re both following. You’ll be hitting your goals and you’ll be congratulating each other’s successes and that’s what makes it all work.
You may not be so positive about your decision when your partner is forcing you to go to the gym but you will celebrate your decision when you are coming home from the gym and you feel great from having a good workout. Exercise in any form is good for you. Plan your exercise routine together if that works for you and your partner or work your routines separately, then get together after and have a protein shake. Whatever makes it a success for you and your partner.
It’s never too late to start. Walking is always good and the benefits are amazing! Lifting light hand weights is also incredibly good for you, because it helps increase bone density and strength. If you don’t have hand weights (2-4lbs), you can use canned vegetables until you can get some hand weights. I do recommend you get hand weights because canned vegetables can slip from your hands, but they’ll do temporarily. You can check out some weight lifting exercises here. You can see a good variety of hand weights here. My favorite (as you may have figured out if you read me stuff regularly) is Yoga, because it’s good for strengthening the core (good for improving balance) and good for flexibility. You can get some good Yoga tapes here. If you’re just starting an exercise program, please check with your Doctor before starting.
This is good for both of you. Make it a healthy celebration, but a joyful one because you both deserve it.