Lifestyle Columnist, Amanda Alexander

Exercising, the thought alone causes the very hair on the back of our necks to rise up and forces many of us to contort our face in all types of directions! What is it about exercising that we ladies dread…but yet we want the results of a firm toned body!

Amy McDonnell gives one of the reasons why we have such negative feelings concerning an activity that gives all types of health benefits, she stated “It can be difficult for many women to find joy in exercise, especially when high-intensity workouts have been recommended as our daily dose. This expectation can intimidate women into believing they might as well just skip the workout, because there’s no way they can achieve 40 squats today”.¹  I must say that as a woman over 50 I agree with Amy. Before I write any further, ‘Please seek medical advice from your doctor before you embark on any physical activity, this article is written solely for guidance purposes’.

Did you know that you could ‘Exercise Right for Your Age Type’…did you know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to the world of exercising…and that you don’t need to attend a gym? I hope this statement alone encourages you and removes every limitation or avoidance you may have towards exercising. As we journey through life our bodies change shape both internally and externally Jenn Sinrich² in her article ‘The Best Workout for Every Age’ provides some very helpful tips not only for each generation but also how to incorporate physical activity into our daily schedule. I exercise first thing in the morning Monday to Fridays, because if I don’t do it then I’ll never as I’ll be caught up in my busy daily schedule!

There are so many amazing benefits to exercising, the NHS website states that it …”reduces [the] risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lowers [the] risk of early death by up to 30%³”. The article also provides links where you can select your age bracket to check if you’re doing enough workouts.

To overcome the hurdle of exercise negativity we should be seriously ask ourself the question of whether we are happy with how we physically look and feel. Even if we are pleased with ourselves, active participation in physical activity is still necessary for  health reasons. If we’re unhappy why not use this unhappiness as motivation fuel to becoming healthier and happier.

Don’t ever change yourself or use exercise as a means to please someone else, this is all about you and what you want out of life. The NHS website provides valuable information on exercises for each generation, click the link to find out more Exercise – NHS (www.nhs.uk) and it recommends doing around 150 minutes of exercise a week, watch the video to see what different people are doing to stay healthy, https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/

Self Evaluation:

  1. Do you currently exercise?
  2. If  not why?

Until next time, remember you are beautiful and wonderfully made – With love Amanda x          

Amanda Alexander – Founder of Elect Lady Ministries, Female Dignity & Amanda Alexander Productions

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¹This Is Why Some Women Hate Exercise | TRAIN for HER

² The Best Workout You Should Do at Every Age | The Healthy

³ Benefits of exercise – NHS (www.nhs.uk)