Why Experienced Exercisers Don’t Quit

Why Experienced Exercisers Don’t Quit

What happens this time of year is predictable in the fitness business. All those new people who appeared in the gyms with their New Year’s resolutions to get fit have vanished. They weren’t abducted by aliens. They just quit.

Wonder why? It’s easier to find the answers by looking at long time exercisers who don’t quit, like those profiled in the CBF Community.

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From experience, they know both the happy and hard truths about fitness and exercise, like these:

- Effective exercise entails some discomfort. You sweat, struggle for breath as your heart beats hard, and your muscles burn. You may be sore the next day or two. This never changes, not matter how fit you are.

- Maintaining fitness takes constant effort. When it comes to strength, balance, agility, cardio and overall metabolic health, it’s like the song says – you’re either busy living or busy dying. There is no standing still.

- There actually is an exercise high that occurs during the workout or immediately after from brain endorphins that is as blissful as any mind-altering drug. It lingers for a long time afterwards, helping them feel calmer and more focused the rest of the day. Exercise is addictive.

- Experienced exercisers are realistic about expected results. For example, Exercise can change your body composition (more muscle, less fat) and toned muscles can add some curves, but it will not change your overall shape. No amount of exercise will make your butt or abdomen look more like your favorite movie star’s. You will not suddenly have the high level of energy and skills you had when you were a young adult or excel in your favorite sport against younger competitors.

- The real benefits of exercise may remain invisible to the people around you because of what doesn’t happen. You have better balance so you don’t fall on the ice, you don’t pull a muscle lifting a bag of dog food, you don’t twist your ankle playing with grandkids, you don’t have pre-diabetes.

- Becoming fit is time consuming and requires patience. There are no shortcuts or magic techniques. Developing stronger muscles, improving balance or flexibility, reducing fat – can take weeks, months, even years, depending on what you are trying to accomplish, age, and the overall wear and tear on your body.

The path to fitness is not straight, and there are no guarantees of progress. It zig zags and sometimes doubles back due to injuries, illness, and life events. For whatever reasons, you can’t maintain, you slip back, you weaken. But then the fire always re-ignites, so they resume the trek.

That’s why experienced exercisers don’t quit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agile, Mobile & Un-Fragile

Agile, Mobile & Un-Fragile

There’s a lot to like in this video of two classes playing a CBF V-Ball game after completing a  tiring circuit. They are having fun in a spirit of friendly competition.

All in their 60′s and 70′s, they are also demonstrating amazing skills for people of any age, and breaking all the stereotypes of “seniors.”

Here are some performance factors on display:

- They maintain good balance and control while quickly starting and stopping, thus no falls.

- They exhibit excellent spatial awareness of where their teammates are, thus no collisions.

- They rotate, twist, jump and land, reach and hit with good range of motion, thus there are no injuries.

- They demonstrate excellent shoulder, hip and spine mobility as they make plays in an array of positions, including backwards, thus they can safely compete.

- Their reactions and decision-making are quick, thus they can play with skill and finesse.

- Their hand-eye coordination is excellent, thus they can strike the ball with intent and accuracy.

A major cause of visits to the ER and chiropractors for the 50+ age group are sudden movements. Older people become fragile from a lack of exercise that requires speed, agility, coordination and power.

These CBFers aren’t fragile because, like athletes, they train. They can take life’s best shot.  

 

Mary – The Happy Exerciser

Mary – The Happy Exerciser

Mary, age 60, always enjoyed sports and physical activity. As a self-described tomboy living in the country in her youth, she and her brothers played sports like softball, kickball, volleyball, and basketball (she’s a dead-eye shooter as you’ll see in the video below). In high school, she participated in track and other running activities. She competed in league softball from 7th grade to after high school.

Then for 10 years she put her physical activities on hold to devote all her time to running a business. When that ended, she realized how much she missed exercise. She went to the gym, which at first she wasn’t sure she’d like. But she discovered she enjoyed the workouts and the fun and motivation of having other people around.

Now she participates in gym classes at CBF and elsewhere. She also likes to ride bikes. She exercises for more than the fun. Her job is physically demanding and requires her to be in good shape to avoid injury.

Mary also believes exercise is important for both physical and mental health. Judging by her strength, energy and exuberance, she’s living proof that it works.