The ‘why’ people do things is far more interesting than the ‘what’.
I have always been a believer in the ‘you better use it or you will lose it’ way of thinking. I also tend to have a rather long range view of the future, so it is probably not a surprise that the reason I work out diligently at the gym – through aches and pains, day in and day out – is that I have a clear vision of becoming a spry old man. In fact, I hope to one day earn the nickname Spry from all my friends.
I read a great book on this topic a few months back that I am enthusiastically recommending to you. I’ve always had plenty of opinions about the need for strength training and I knew I needed more aerobic work, although I too often skipped the aero and lifted in years past. The authors helped answer a number of ‘whys’ for me and they did a great job of cementing the balance needed — strength, aerobic health, diet, mental, social — with the science behind the scenes.
If you have a desire to be all you can be when you are 70, 80, 90 or beyond, the time to start is now. Reading Younger Next Year is a great kick start. There is also a Younger Next Year for Women, because the first version was overly tilted to the male ways of thinking and motivation.
Here’s a link to the book at Amazon:
A word of warning: If you read this book, you are highly likely to run out and purchase a heart monitor watch. I personally got the Suunto T6C and wow, its sweet. But that post will come another day.
Vaya con Dios, Amigos!