Changing Our Mindset on Exercise…Even If We Really Don’t Want To


Posted by Kia Crawford on April 16th, 2014 in Body | No Comments

Most of us have a love hate relationship with exercise. We love the way it makes us look and feel, but we hate to do it. However as humans, we were created by God to be mobile creatures with ability to use all of the 640 muscles in our bodies. Our bodies were designed to move and MUST move in order to work properly. We have to devote the time necessary to ensure our bodies are performing at its peak levels. After all, if we are good to our bodies, our bodies will be good to us.

Although, you would want to start good exercise habits earlier in life, it’s truly never too late to get moving, and still reap the benefits. Many seniors in our Dogwood Forest communities find a way to exercise each day. We have walking clubs where are seniors put on their sneakers and workout gear, and walk the walking paths on our community grounds. The Dogwood Forest life enrichment program often involves resident trips to beautiful parks and trails to walk and take in the beauty of nature. Other residents are involved in tai chi and yoga. Both of the ancient Asian rooted practices are excellent for seniors as they both help improve strength, muscle tone, balance, flexibility, and reduce aches and pains.  In addition, Yoga and Tai Chi specifically helps to improve lung capacity. While many of our residents are mobile, we do have some residents who may have issues with mobility—yet, they still participate in instructor lead chair exercise class using inflatable balls, elastic bands and light weights.

Now, we won’t pretend that changing your lifestyle is easy– quite the contrary.  It involves a sacrifice in time, proper planning and a serious mental overhaul—a switch in mindset. But, we must remember how essential our body’s function is to maintaining a high quality of life. Your body is like anything else — if you don’t do the proper maintenance, it will not work as it should and will eventually be nonfunctional. Just think of your body as a vehicle made of various mechanics. However, unlike a car, you can only get one body per lifetime!

When it comes to lifestyle changes it takes  just four things:

  1. Time
  2. Incremental steps
  3. Determination
  4. Dedication

You can start off small by dedicating just 10 minutes a day to some form of exercise such as  jumping jacks or walking. Each week you can increase that time until you get to 30 minutes a day. Simply focus on taking just one step toward better health everyday, regardless of how small the step is and gradually work your way up.  Tell yourself,  “Self,  you are going to stay committed and stay determined.”  Eventually, your mindset will change and daily exercise will become just a part of your life. Besides, not only does exercise have its rewards physically, but also mentally!  And working out CAN be super fun!

Remember to ALWAYS consult a doctor before beginning new exercise regimens. We aren’t doctors, we are simply motivators who want to inspire you mind, body & spirit!

Check out this 94-year-old below. We all can learn a thing or two from him!