In a previous post I mentioned the book, Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. This book was life changing for me and I now use it as my life’s guidebook. Whenever I feel like I’ve lost sight of the path of this journey I’m on, I always go back to this book to help me find my way back to the path. I have pages marked with tabs and passages highlighted.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with finding the motivation to go workout. So today when I picked up the book, I turned to the first page I had tabbed and on that page I had highlighted: “Our lifestyle- especially as we age, especially in this wonderful country is a disease more deadly than cancer, war, or plague” (page 49). This is referring to the sedentary lifestyle most Americans live. The authors’ argument is that our body is going to decay no matter what, but that there are things we can do to slow down that decay. They say that being sedentary is the biggest signal we give our body telling it to decay, but if you are physically active, the signal of growth can drown out that signal of decay.
This was just the reminder that I needed today! I need to do something physically active every day, six days a week, for the rest of my life in order to fight off decay. And it doesn’t matter what I do, I just have to move my body. The more I do the better, but I need to make sure I at least do something every day. So today I did 50 squats, 50 modified push-ups, and 50 sit-ups. It only took me 12 minutes, but at least I did something. If I can at least do that short little workout every day, I’m continuing to fight off the decay!