As someone who always worked out, I know the value of staying fit. It's not always easy, but being active is essential to live a long, healthy life. Writing is such a sedentary profession, so I have to plan my fitness everyday. Fortunately I don't have to nag my husband to get out of his chair because he's rarely in it. After he retired from being a financial advisor, he became a certified personal fitness trainer, and he also works as a golf coach for the First Tee program.
You don't have to pay an expensive membership fee at a gym, although if that's what it takes to get you active, by all means go for it. However, if you don't want to spend the money, there are things you can do that cost little or nothing.
Here are some ideas:
- Go for long walks and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature.
- Pick up a fitness DVD by your favorite exercise expert and set aside the time each day to work out in front of your TV.
- Jump on a rebounder (mini trampoline) while you watch the shows you recorded the night before. You'll feel like a kid again.
- Go to the mall before the stores open and walk back and forth until you reach your daily distance goal.
- Download your favorite upbeat music and dance around your house.