Nutrition and exercise can be daunting and even stop you dead. It can be a lot more fun to be a total do-nothing, eat-everything person. Up to the point where it catches up and you get sick or turn into a fatso.
Trouble with that approach is this:
If you live a fitness lifestyle, you continue to look and feel better week after week. As you do so, you leave your peers behind to get old all by themselves. Comparatively speaking you are getting younger as your peers are getting older.
How can you tell a person is aging?
There are the things like skin and hair that show the wear and tear of time. But, it show much less on those who take care of themselves.
I have to admit that I think middle-aged and older women that take care of themselves are more striking than younger women. That’s mostly because taking care of yourself shows up so much as you hit middle-age. And it says, to me, so much about the character of the person who thinks they are worth the time and effort, as opposed to the person who just doesn’t care how they look or feel.
Everybody reaches middle-age and older unless they die first
The winners of those who make it that far are the ones whose childhood friends and schoolmates recognize them, and the first thing they say is, “Wow, you have hardly changed. What’s your secret?”
You already know the secret is taking care of yourself. The difference it makes is hard to believe and so easily noticed because most people don’t do it. So it’s easy to stand out in a group.
All things considered it is crazy-easy to get fit. Plus it feels so much better to have level energy day in and day out. Not to mention how much better you can look.
I find it dimwitted that a person would choose to get fat and unfit. It is not possible to be that way and feel good. There has to be something wrong with people that do that to themselves; by “do that,” I mean make yourself feel like a worn out old couch cushion. Fitness is a choice. If you don’t think it’s a good choice, I would worry about my thinking process.
Not what you may think it is
Getting fit is not an all-or-nothing lifestyle. You don’t have to behave like you are food-phobic and have an exercise fetish.
To wit: If you are fat and out of shape, and think you just can’t turn it around because it’s too hard, you really need to take a closer look at Karen’s Awakening.
Karen is mid-fifties. She has been sliding into the fitness lifestyle for a few months now. She will tell you what she’s doing to make her weight loss and fitness happen. You can also read about Karen starting here and about her and a lot more on my website.
Karen is typical of women who decide to make it happen
That’s right: typical, not superwoman. There are many women like Karen, but there are more women who just won’t do it. A person has to decide where they want to be with how they look and feel.
I don’t like to criticize the unfit or tell them they’re beyond help. That’s why I say so often that if you can’t make yourself take care of yourself, but you swear you want to be fit, you really should look for a psychologist that specializes in such conditions.
I hope you will. It’s a lot more fun and rewarding — at any age — to take care of yourself and look and feel great. If you don’t like or trust me, ask Karen.
Remember to have an annual physical. Thomas Amshay’s articles are not meant to cure illness, guide treatment, or take the place of a licensed health care practitioner /team. Consult your health care team before starting any exercise program, diet, or supplement.