Last night, I watched on TV the breaking health Harvard study http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8586767.stm news about women and weight gain. As an older woman, in order to keep the weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle and BMI, an hour of exercise daily is needed. Ironically, just this past week, I read an article that stated only 90 minutes of exercise a week was enough. This is not the case . Seems that with the shift in our diets and daily routines, newer research is suggesting that we need more, to not only stop the weight gain, but to also maintain health. And if one is overweight, add the term ‘diet’ to that regimen.
What I want to know is, how does one keep motivated enough to sustain this level of physical activity? I have noticed that, with always being on the move in our Airstream travels (although time has essentially opened up compared to our past life in Calgary), I have become somewhat ‘soft’ in our new lifestyle choice. My regular daily practice of yoga has made a U-turn and at times has stopped (limited space within the trailer leaves me craving for the convenience of our gym membership), and I wonder what motivational inspiration I can embrace throughout the changes of our nomadic lifestyle. Luckily, stationed here at Skydive Elsinore, I have plenty of space on the airfield to walk around. I am blessed with the freedom to traipse up and down the gravel runways before the Otter starts its ritual morning skydiver drop. This in turn inspires and propels me to walk, walk, walk it off. Having groovin’ music and satisfyingly educational podcasts on the iPod help a lot as well. I’m intrigued at the possibly of jumping rope daily when I don’t have the safety and depth of 1 hour treks. First and foremost, I however need to see the repercussions on my knees. Baby steps. The thought of a fit, tone hard body at my age inspires me to not get any softer. I want to be a part of my age group that excels beyond the average and moderate. I need to keep fit, for me and my families future. Here’s to keeping that motivation going!