MAKING A HEALTHY MID-LIFE TRANSITION

Life is toiling. From the moment we are born we toil to stay alive and to keep on going. It requires effort and there are standards of norm. It’s the same as, if there’s no ploughing and tilling, there will be no grain; and yet we need grain for food just to stay alive. Exercise works the same way as nothing venture, nothing gain. However, exercise is essential.

While at school, we toil to excel in academy. Then, we toil to seek and embark on a career providing financial security and hopefully one that we enjoy. Trading our time and skills, we toil hard for our employers and when we have families of our own, we toil even harder since dependents rely on us. Unless one enjoys sweating out or is motivated by health reasons, toiling at exercise is typically neglected by the larger proportion of humanity. We tend to take our physical fitness and health for granted. Yet when we fall, those whom we love and depend upon us are the most adversely affected. This therefore becomes an irony in our attitude and outlook in staying as a good provider.

Mid-life in our context starts at 35. All our indulgences and neglect begin to come into a state where they start to take a toll on us. Aging accelerates. Hence, making a mid-life transition if we have not been exercising regularly is both timely and to a large extent essential. Exercise provides long-term health benefits and we burn calories that we store from eating throughout the day. Physical activity can be as easy as walking the dog or as extreme as running a marathon. Now how do you start?

Medical Appointment

Foremost, make an appointment with your doctor for a medical check-up and advice. This is necessary and useful to identify medical conditions that you may otherwise not be aware of and which may put you at higher risks of experiencing health problems during exercise.

Time Allocation & Management

“I don’t have the time”; “I’ve got too much work and chores to do”; “exercise is boring and tiring” are among the commonest excuses for not exercising regularly. It’s a matter of motivation and reorganising your priorities since you always dedicate time for matters that seem pressing and important. Remember, as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day work wonders for your health. Opt for the morning or after work. Incorporate some physical activity at work. Combine walking up a few flights of stairs instead of riding the elevator all the way. Conveniently, you may purchase fitness equipment and accessories for use at home.

Workouts & Programs

Gradual is the word if you are a beginner. You would need to acclimatise your physical condition just as a car picks up speed through the gears. Select the kind of exercise that you feel is suitable for you. Walking is free as it will only cost you calories. You can select your speed and add gradients and walk slightly uphill and downhill. You can either stroll or walk briskly as if you’re on a mission. Or you may jog and cycle in a park and around your neighbourhood. Therefore it comes as no surprise too that treadmills and exercise bikes are best-selling fitness equipment around the world. Many homes have them. Alternatively, you can join a commercial gym. After a few weeks of getting into the game, you might find a program and routine that best suits you or you might be fit and motivated enough to try other new programs every now and then to keep your workouts challenging and exciting.

One in every 3 adults and 2 in every 5 American children and adolescents are obese. That is a startling revelation and what’s troubling is the rest of the world is fast catching up. These simple statistics show you how grave the problem is and that “middle-age and over” adults are the worst off. So adopt regular exercise to be part of your lifestyle and live life healthily.