Mar 162010

Many people ask me “Why do you workout?” I work out primarily because being fit feels great. Swimming has always been my favorite mode of exercise. Whenever I stroke through the water, it flows along my body’s contours, reminding me of how wonderful it feels to live in a sleek and toned body. The natural resistance of the water tones, loosens connective tissue, and keeps my muscles feeling loose and flexible.

Whenever I go to the high school to watch my kids participate in sporting and other events, I look around at other parents and often find myself thinking “Why DON’T they workout?”

So many of them have bulging bellies and double chins and some of them even have mobility issues (I see limping, difficulty sitting and standing or hear groans and other verbal expressions of physical discomfort). I wonder why people in their 40s and 50s let themselves go when they have the potential to live more comfortable and active lives. I think of all the people I know at SaddleBrooke where I do personal training and teach group exercise classes, who run marathons, swim, play tennis, and even do triathlons in their 60s, 70s and beyond. They, like me, recognize the benefits of an active lifestyle and make exercise a part of every day. They also have found activities they most enjoy participating in, so that exercising is a pleasure rather than a chore.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the joys of living in a fit body, why not start working toward that goal today? Try some new activities and discover where your exercise passions lie. And when you find them and start to reap the benefits, I hope you’ll post and let me know!

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