When it comes to starting an exercise plan, I’m not sure what’s worse, beginning for the first time or picking it up again after a long separation….which more than likely ended up in divorce. Either way, it’s no cake walk.
As first-timer’s, it’s a challenge just deciding where to start. What kind of exercise should we try? How long and how often do we do whatever it is? Should we join a gym …and what does one wear to the gym these days? Will we have to endure the leers of 20 something’s with their washboard abs and perfectly toned arms that don’t jiggle when they wash their hair? Then there are the shoes. What kind of shoes for heaven sake? Cross trainers, runners, hiking, walking or aerobic?
And let’s not forget those of us still feeling the sting of our recent fitness divorce. Sitting around reminiscing about the good old days, when we could run faster than a speeding train and leap tall buildings. How will we every get to that level of fitness again?
After all these years of going round and round with diet and exercise I know one thing for sure. While I’m mulling all this over in my head, I’m not getting any younger, my heart isn’t beating any stronger and unfortunately my arms aren’t getting toned all by themselves.
The truth is, no matter what our fitness level is today, we are where we are. And that’s a good place to be. Whether you’ve never exercised a day in your life, or you once completed the Boston marathon, you’re on the verge of change. Changing for the better.
So, dust off the old tennies, grab your favorite tunes and hit the pavement, because we can only start where we are. Imperfect perfection.