Having family members who tell you like it is can be refreshing. So when my daughter came home tonight and said, “Mom you have to come to the Zumba class tomorrow. It is so much fun.
” I said, “Maybe.”
“Mom we are fat.” Okay I thought, where is this going. “I’m carrying an extra 50 pounds around.” And she lifted up a small cart that her son plays in, “It’s like carrying this around every day.” Then she said, “There are people in the class older than you and they are slim and really fit.” Then she went down and did some pushups on her knees. “One of them was older than you and she was doing full on pushups. I was behind her and her bottom was really firm, her legs and arms were buff!” I nodded thinking about my own meagre muscles. “I don’t think getting old is about age, these women are older than me and they really seem young. It’s not about age.” She repeated.
So tomorrow I am going to Zumba. I admit I have let myself go a bit. Too much cake, chocolate and ice-cream and not enough walking or going to the gym. And I love that my daughter cares enough about me to invite me to go with her. It will be fun. I’ve exercised enough in my life to know that it is fun. Over the years I’ve played tennis, squash, badminton, scuba’ d, parachuted, wind surfed, run, skied, water skied, boated, ridden horses and those are just the things I can remember. I actually love to exercise; I have just gotten out of the habit. The wonderful thing about being fit however is that the moment you step inside a gym, or onto a court, or into the swimming pool you immediately feel the benefit.
Exercise increases the amount of oxygen that goes into your blood system. It gets all your pumps working properly. It actually gives you more energy. So today, find something that will keep you fit. It could be a walk, a jog or going to the gym. It really doesn’t matter what it is. If possible, find a partner to go with. I usually exercise alone, so I am excited to go with a partner. Hey if you can’t find a physical partner today, I’ll go with you. Every time I exercise I will be thinking of you and all the millions of other people who are keeping fit. Have a fun workout and enjoy the benefits of being healthy.