It doesn’t matter if you have always been overweight or newly sporting a thicker body thanks to menopause, starting an exercise program can be daunting. The point is to START.

Sometimes I can be an all or nothing person. I used to exercise all the time. I would walk 20 miles a week and swim 3-4 miles too. I was thin then.  That was, “BC” or before children. Life can have its way with us. We get busy with too many demands. Lets face it, work, family, house chores,school and other activities take time away from healthy things we might do for ourselves.

No big deal! Just start NOW!

Understand that you don’t need to start out with a marathon (26 mile run) tomorrow. In fact to do so if you are quite overweight or out of shape, could be detrimental to your health.

Start slow. Start by walking. Don’t worry if they are short and slow. Just do it! Oh, you can’t walk. OK. Can you swim. Or can you go and do exercises in a pool. That is a wonderful option.

Remember, you learned to walk before you ran. I know, that was a long time ago. So what. How do you complete a thousand mile journey? You start with 1 step. How to you complete a thousand mile journey? One step at a time. Start slow but be consistent.

Oh, you don’t like to exercise. Hmmm, that is an issue. Exercise is one of the fastest ways to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. It will improve your health, speed up your metabolism and help you reach your goal. 

 What is more important to you? Being overweight and unhealthy or slimmer and healthy. If you want health, make exercise your friend. Find some fun active activity to do.

The more exercise you do, the more energetic you will become and this in turn makes it a lot easier for you to move through your day.

Exercise also helps to flush out toxins in the body and improve your digestive system with increased blood flow throughout the body so even small levels of exercise are going to benefit to some degree.

 Any exercise that involves the use of resistance such as weightlifting will boost your ability to lose weight as muscle burns burns more calories than fat. The more muscle mass you have the higher your metabolism.

Also, resistance training type exercises also help to increase the strength of your bones that is very important as you age. Also, resistance training exercises help to increase the strength of the bones which is very important as we age.

Use weights 2-3 times a week. If you are new to weights, get a trainer. Just do it.

Exercise like yoga and tai chi, will help you with balance. Good balance is a great defense agains falls. Falls are very detrimental the older we get. Need I say more?!

If possible, it is good to have some physical activity each day and at least you should assign time to do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three times per week. Can’t do that? Do 10 minutes of exercise three times a week. Just do it.

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Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on weight loss and other health issues facing Baby Boomer Women today.