While there is a plethora of informationout there about how to properly plan for financial retirement, it is equally, if not more, important to invest time and resources in developing an effective exercise plan as we age.
The health benefits of exercise are well-known and the time to start is now.
I’m going to share a little secret. Your personal exercise plan does not have to be overly time-consuming nor intimidating in any way. The key to success is to choose exercise that you enjoy. It’s as simple as that. If you’re not having fun – despite the best of intentions – you will not persist and you will quit as soon as the first lame excuse pops us. Trust me on this.
Approaching retirement age, I recently switched from an office job in public relations to working freelance from home, affording me much more flexibility in my daily schedule. This lifestyle change greatly expanded my options for incorporating more exercise into my day, at times that best work for me.
How do you fit exercise in to your schedule? The hardest part is getting started. What sport should I choose? How can I make sure I stick with it? For some inspiration, some HydroChic friends are going to be sharing their stories with us about what got them hooked.
Selina’s Gateway to Fitness: Running
I started running three years ago, with my eye on running the half marathon. It was such an amazing feeling that I decided to run a full marathon this year. After finding a program online to follow and a partner to do it with, I trained seriously for 16 weeks. Some runs were as long as 21 miles. Knowing that I was able to accomplish something I put both my mind and body towards was an unbelievable feeling. Having a goal helped me to start running, but now I even run in the hills where I live on the hottest of summer days because I love it. It gives my week structure, it keeps me in shape and it is something I do that is just for me.
Do you have a fitness story to share with us? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just share your fitness story on our blog!
This is what I often hear from clients who want to start training. Yes, I do hear nervousness about other sports, but running seems to be where beginners struggle the most. The struggle often is not with the act of running (heck – we’ve all been doing that since our second year of life), but with the concept of ‘becoming a runner’.
The best way to get started is slowly. In the beginning, it’s not about how far you can run. It’s about how you run.
First, I do a physical assessment of movement patterns associated with proper running form. Muscle imbalances, stability and mobility issues and inability to activate important muscles drive poor running technique, which can lead to injury. So this is an important first step to identify the right corrective exercises to be done along with the training plan, addressing structural or movement pattern issues.
But if you’re not working with a coach, there are a few things you can do on your own to get started. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or a newbie, starting from the beginning by building a strong foundation is important for both longevity and success in the sport. [Read more…] about Becoming a Runner: Getting Started & Tips for Beginner Runners
Are you thinking about running? Early fall is a perfect time to start running outdoors. Cool, breezy temperatures that are not too hot and not too cold, but just right. The sun setting in the horizon, casting long shadows followed by breathtaking sunsets. The leaves changing colors and creating beautiful backdrops. Neighborhood sounds of children playing, dogs being walked, and your feet hitting the pavement along with the other runners that are taking advantage of these ideal conditions. For added motivation and excitement, sign-up for one of the big fall U.S. marathons, such as the Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, or the New York City Marathon.
Tips for running in the fall:
– Wear layers for comfort: Start with a HydroChic long sleeve rash guard and as the temperature gets cooler add a windbreaker, heavyweight tights, gloves and a hat.
– It’s important to wear reflective garb since daylight hours are limited, and more hazards are likely to present themselves.
– Warm up by jogging in place to get your blood pumping, waiting until your muscles are loose and warm, and to avoid injury, stretch after the run.