“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” –Gene Tunney
About 4 weeks ago, I signed up for Long Beach Boot Camp and it has been a life saver for me. Let me be very clear about one thing – I am NOT an exercise fanatic. I have, however, tried many different types of exercise classes over the years – The Bar Method, Pilates, yoga, the dreaded gym, videos (remember those?), & iPhone apps. With the exception of The Bar Method & Pilates where I needed to make a reservation for a class (thus becoming accountable), the others require some semblance of self-motivation. Unless I’m planning a lunch date or a vacation – I have little self-motivation. In other words, I receive a fail in the “stick with an exercise program” arena!
I previously did a Boot Camp back when I was 47 & living in Carlsbad. I loved it & saw fantastic results within just a few months. Then I got a job, the trainer quit teaching, blah, blah, blah and I stopped going. A few years later, I joined another local Boot Camp. Unfortunately, I had to quit after a few months because we ended up moving 84 miles away to Long Beach. For the past 2 ½ years, I have struggled to find the right program for me.
One of the many things I’ve come to realize about getting older is that toning up is harder than ever. I do feel that my plant-based vegan diet is fairly healthy (except for the wine & potato chips!) & since moving to the beach, we pretty much walk or bike everywhere. Still, I was holding on to about 10-15 very unwanted pounds (perhaps the wine & potato chips?).
I’ve also finally come to the realization that I will not change the way I feel about working out & staying motivated. When it comes to exercise, Jerome is so disciplined about getting up at 3:30am (you’re reading that correctly!) & going to the gym before working all day. I am not an early morning person & simply would never do that. Even on the weekends, he’s up before the sun, has gone to the gym & run multiple errands before I’ve even stumbled out of bed & had a cup of coffee!
This is one reason I love Boot Camp so much. Class starts at 9:00am so I can get up, have coffee & breakfast & still make it on time. I also love that it takes place outdoors. It’s definitely easier to get my sparkle on when I get to look at palm trees, clouds & water-skiers instead of 4 walls. And lastly, I love that I’m not the oldest in the group (or the youngest by a long shot), that everyone is so supportive (high five’s all around), that every day we do something different (which is why every muscle in my body aches) and that I actually go, which is the most important of all.
I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t join a Boot Camp. What I am saying is this, find an exercise program that you love & most importantly, will stick to. There are so many reasons that women our age need to exercise – protection & strengthening of our bones (remember “Help, I’ve fallen & I can’t get up”?), our heart & our quality of life. It also helps our brain stay young (!), vibrant & resilient and improves our ability to get a good night’s sleep (unless you have cats laying on your head & feet).
And those reasons are enough for me!
What’s your favorite exercise routine? Leave me a comment.
Thanks for reading!