Did you Make a New Year’s Resolution?
Getting fit is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions.
At Friends Life Care, we’ve been talking a lot about exercise lately…at member meetings and in planning our upcoming VigRTM workshops. VigR stands for Vitality, Independence, Growth, Resilience. It is our philosophy for health and wellness.
Exercise is such an important part of healthy aging for both physical and cognitive wellbeing. I’ve had mixed success on my journey to establish a regular exercise program. I wonder if others share the same challenges.
My journey didn’t begin until I was in my mid-forties. Prior to that, I had no exercise routine and was fairly sedentary (except when chasing after my toddler twin boys). I’d never had any problems with my weight, but found myself getting a little heavier than I wanted to be. I started with an exercise program at home outlined in the book Strong Women, Strong Bones by Miriam Nelson and Sarah Wernick. From there, I started walking/running outside at the local running trail and then moved into the gym when it got too cold and too dark for early morning runs. I lost 20 pounds and felt better than ever! I was consistent through 2004 when I had to take about 9 months off while I underwent treatment for breast cancer.
About a year later, I participated in a research study for breast cancer survivors. The study focused on strength training as a means for preventing lymphedema. It included personal training sessions and a gym membership for a year, so I quickly got back into a regular regime. That lasted for a couple years.
Staying on the Exercise Wagon
During the ensuing years, I find myself falling off the wagon then getting restarted with vigor before falling off then getting back up and running again! And I don’t understand why. I feel so much better when I’m exercising regularly…more energy and generally “sharper”. But all it takes is a week or two of schedule conflicts that keep me out of the gym. And it becomes so difficult to get back into the routine! I make schedules for myself…and break them. I plan to go first thing in the morning before work and end up with a cup of coffee and the newspaper instead. Rain and cold weather are the perfect excuse to stay home after work. Does this happen to you? What do YOU do to get back on the exercise wagon?
Share your comment and let’s keep the conversation, and the exercising, going.
Author: Carol Barbour, MBA
Carol Barbour is CEO/President of Friends Life Care Partners, the holding company for the Friends Life Care Partner’s family of companies. Carol was part of the team that pioneered the continuing care at home business model in the 1980s. Under her leadership, Friends Life Care Partners has grown in order to serve more people and continue to deliver on the organization’s mission.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and worked for several years as a music therapist. She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Health Administration from Temple University. Additionally, she is a regular speaker at national professional associations on the subject of continuing care at home and has been featured in local and national media. Carol is vice president of the board of directors and on the risk management committee of the Peace Church Risk Retention Group and is vice president of the board of directors of Resource Partners, Inc.