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Aging Gracefully with Exercise

Linda Stultz
Certified Fitness Trainer

While aging is a process of life we would all like to stop, or at least slow down, it is one of those trials of life that we all have to accept. Accepting it is one thing, letting it take over our lives is another. It is a proven fact that people who exercise regularly, eat healthy and keep active are in better shape physically than those who don't.

I realize that as we get older sometimes we do not have as much energy as we use to. Believe it or not, if you exercise you will have more energy. Sometimes we feel too tired to go for that walk or to ride that exercise bike for 30 minuets. If you get up and push yourself, just a little, you will feel better and have more energy afterward. This probably sounds like a myth to someone who has never tried it, but to those truly committed to getting and staying healthy, it is a well known fact.

Motivation can be your best friend when you are trying to commit to an exercise program. If you need help staying motivated, call a friend, get a video or work with a trainer. Having someone to share your achievements with (as well as an occasional downfall) can help keep you interested. Some people need this type of help and encouragement while others prefer to go for a walk or bike ride on their own.

Use this time, whether it be to relate with a friend or family member or to be alone and unwind from the stress of the day. Everyone needs some time for themselves. Set aside a half-hour or an hour, just for you. I know it sounds impossible, but if you are really dedicated to having a healthier life, you will find a way to work it out. And remember, it is so worth the extra effort. Living longer and healthier is what we all hope for, unfortunately, we have to work at it.

We are hearing on the news, reading in the paper and being told by our doctors to eat better and exercise. These are not just words, they are facts. It seems we live in a world where we don't do anything for ourselves until something is wrong. Preventive maintenance is so important, but also so hard to start. In today's world of video games, computers and remotes, we don't realize how harmful to our health these, so called, conveniences are.

I'm thankful for these things too, but we must remember to take care of our bodies before our bodies get lazy and give out on us. So, find a friend or set out on your own, but do something each day. I'm sure you will soon see and feel the improvement.  The important thing is to GET STARTED!

If you have any questions or need help getting started, please call me 717-334-6009, or via e-mail at

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