A co-worker stopped by my office and shared a great story. He has started wearing a pedometer and yesterday during his 8 hour shift he took 18, 553 steps which is equal to 8.123 miles. He also burned about 552 calories. (I don’t trust calorie counters so don’t take them too literally, most are off by as much as 1/3 in overestimating how much you have burned) In addition, he and his wife walk 1-1.5 miles every day at a brisk pace just for fun. He had never enjoyed walking and was always a driver, but now he finds himself walking as much as possible and he enjoys it! I love this story, my co-worker didn’t need to buy a gym membership or spend money on fancy equipment, he just decided to do something that was good for his health and he did it. Way to go!
So- why haven’t you made any changes? It is time to hold yourself accountable! Stand in front of a full length mirror wearing just your underwear and make an honest assessment. (underwear seems more unforgiving than naked!) If you are satisfied with what you see, have healthy cholesterol and blood work (blood test results from your annual physical) and you can walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, maybe you don’t need to change. But, if not, why are you waiting? Trust me, as you age the margin of error narrows drastically. Your body doesn’t have the resources it did when you were younger and it will turn on you. You need to pay attention to what you are eating and doing some exercises or you are in for some very unpleasant surprises before very long. Sunday is a great day to start fresh. Is today the day you start taking care of yourself?