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Wellness Wednesday: It's Never Too Late to Start Exercising

This week's article has only one fitness tip and it starts like this:

“It’s too late for me to start exercising.”

While sipping on some coffee at a local shop, these were the words I heard uttered from what appeared to be a 70-year-old “young” female to a friend as two runners passed by the window. Her friend contested, but there was no winning this challenge. The discussion was quickly ended and about 30 minutes later, they had finished their tea. The woman then scooted her chair out and her friend helped her stand as she reached for her walker which leaned against the adjacent wall. 

Irony, I thought. Let me explain.

Sure, running is not for anyone by any means. I personally love it, but am I to recommend it to all of my personal training clients? Not at all. But, exercising? It is for all ages. It permits us the ability to be independent for as long as possible.

Exercising. It is not defined by age and is only an excuse for choosing not to exercise whether aged 9 or 92. Exercise might appear to be for the young individual as it is largely and frequently marketed on magazine covers to those who want six-pack abs and defined muscles.

I am here to inform you that exercise is not limited by age and does not mean the same for each individual.

Exercising might be defined by one as having the ability to run a full marathon. To another, it might mean having the ability to perform two times his or her bodyweight for the deadlift exercise. For someone else, it is having the ability to hike a trail at Devou Park. Or maybe, just maybe, it is the ability to get out of his or her chair without help from a walker or a friend. Maybe it is having the ability to walk without having knee pain or the ability to have full range of motion for as long as possible. Maybe it is because he or she wants to live longer or have the ability to dance with his or her spouse at their 50th wedding anniversary.

Your fitness tip for this week is to realize that it is never too late to get started. As exercising has many meanings, I ask you this: What does exercising mean to you? What will it allow you to do now and what will it allow you to do in the future?

- Joshua Reed is a certified personal trainer, certified nutrition coach, and is the owner of Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training. He currently operates space in Ludlow and travels to see clients at their home or local park in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. He strives to help as many individuals as possible be the best version of themselves.