Fitness that fits you 

 November 9, 2023

By  Jolinda Rockett

Last Updated: December 8, 2023

What are you waiting for?

Are you sitting in the waiting room of life? Expecting something... I don't know… something better? Wonderful? Life changing? Maybe you were deep into a book about penguins and missed it so listen up.

Your name has been called! It's time to get up and start your movement program.

Expanding your movement is an exploration into joy. You deserve to have the pursuit of happiness. You've heard it before and it’s true. You were born to pursue happiness so why fight it?

The waiting room is a boring place. I don't care what interesting books and puzzles are on the coffee table.

You need to get up now and move it..

Moving with a purpose

You say you are down with moving if it has a purpose. Exercise is routine and doesn't offer you anything of interest.

Tell your muscles that. The want to be useful and move. Your skin wants to feel the air evaporating a little sweat. Your mind wants relief from busy thoughts. All the hormones and juices inside you are waiting for a purpose. Don't let them all down. 

I'm going to take a big leap here, but I think many people over 40 or 50 wish they had started fitness when they were young. And now, the thinking goes, it is too late. 

True, it is getting later every minute, but that is not a valid excuse. Start now.

You will not find a list of standard exercises in this guide. Instead, I'll point out some of the factors that can help and some that hurt us as we enter the fitness for health world.

Notice I didn't say "contemplate" because this is a time for... gulp... ACTION.

Now lets consider where you want to start. Which one of the following fits your thinking?

You have slipped in your physical activities

You wonder, "Am I still fit for my goal?"

You may start out thinking, Yikes, how did this happen? I thought I was still young enough to start working out again and now I'm not so sure. Can I start or restart a physical program at this stage? 

Find out how to start in Section A of the PDF.

Three Lazy ways to fitness - no sweat

If this is you, check out Section B in the PDF.

Muscles - humph - what are they good for?

You've lived all these years and never owned a pair of sneakers. You say, I'm fine. I can still get out of bed under my own power. 


Look in Section C in the PDF.

The ladies' guide to flab

You really don't need muscle, you say, because you're not a bikini model. But you've lost some weight and all you see are droopy arms and thighs. What gives?

Suggestions in Section D in the pDF

Jumpstart your fitness without jumping

You have bad knees (or back or shoulder or neck or feet). There can't be exercise for you unless it is special.

All unicorns please advance to Section E in the pDF

Starting with baby steps is essential. Your body will not cooperate unless it has time to adjust. 

You may think the initial days of a new exercise routine are embarrassingly simple. But we are waiting for hormones, thyroid, muscles, and tight connective tissue to wake up. If after 3 or 4 days of starting a new routine, you are still chomping at the bit, by all means, step it up. 

Remember that it may take 3-4 days for the initial shock to hit your body. So do us all a favor and be sensible in the beginning.

Your muscles want to work, your mind wants to relax, your body is craving release. Expanding movement is an exercise in joy.

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I believe each of us are strongest when we are free to express our heartfelt nature. As a retired nurse and practicing acupuncturist, I have focused on health for over 40 years and I am still inspired by the awesomeness of the human spirit. Join me as we uncover how to be truly glorious.

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