Fitting Fitness Back in Your Life
Tips from experts on how to start those healthy exercise workouts again
SATURDAY, Aug. 17 , 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- In the good old days before you were married, had kids, got the promotion, bought the house and did the yard work, you really worked out.
Hard, fast, regularly. Back then, you could run a five-minute mile. Or bench press your weight. Or sweat through that 90-minute advanced aerobics class.
These days, are you spending more time feeling guilty about not working out than working out?
If so, you're probably the kind of lapsed boomer President Bush was talking to when he recently declared war on being fat and sedentary. No wonder you weren't invited along on that three-mile fun run with him and his staff.
But you have plenty of company. You've joined the 4-in-10 adult Americans of all ages who admit they are not physically active at all, according to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Exercise experts like Richard Cotton and Cedric Bryant have heard it all before -- busy boomers complaining that, between carpools and van pools and making ends meet, they barely have time for a movie, much less a regular exercise routine.
Cotton is an exercise physiologist and also a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, Calif., an organization that certifies instructors and oversees exercise research. Bryant is the chief exercise physiologist for the council.
They both specialize in motivating inactive people to become involved in exercise programs. They inspire woefully out-of-shape, middle age lapsed exercisers or never-exercisers to consider the benefits of incorporating workouts into their however-hectic-or-sedentary routine, convincing them that the stress-reduction and disease-risk reduction benefits are worth the effort.
Here are some of their best tips.
And quite possibly, that might put you higher up on Bush's invite list, should he host another run.
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