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Fitness For Life

We are saturated with images of what healthy is supposed to look like. Pictures of the young and lean are everywhere. Not that I’m all that old, mind you, but the fact remains you will never look as good as you did (or at least as good as you could have) at 20. If you’re past 20 this comes as no joy, but the fact is that you should probably get rid of the idea that you think you should look 20 anyway. In good shape doesn’t mean great shape, and being in good shape is just about as good.

Let’s talk about what that means. Being in good shape means you could run a mile pretty easily. It’s not going to kill you, and you just might be able to participate in the 5k fun run and walk for charity without having a heart attack in the first 3k – and probably not even stopping along the way. Great shape means you can do the mile in under 6 minutes. It’s the same mile, just not quite the same speed.

Looking good means you have around 15-20% body fat as a male and 25%-30% as a female. It doesn’t mean 10% for males and 15% for females. It might only be a few pounds of fat after all and having a six pack is highly overrated, especially for women. If men wanted six packs on women they would date – men.

Being in decent shape means you know you’re probably not going to be the best looking person there when your friend asks you to go water skiing, but you wont spend all day in a towel cowering in the corner of the boat either. You’ll probably take a few turns yourself and have a good time. Being in great shape means you go skiing all day and can’t walk the next.

No matter how you look at it, it’s more than likely that you only think you want to be in great shape, but you no longer have the age, time or hormones to do so. So throw that silly idea in the ditch and get down to the process of getting in a little better shape over a longer period of time. If you start walking, you can end up jogging a little by the end of just one month. Jog and walk for a month and you might throw in a short run from time to time. before the end of a year and you’ll be in so much better shape you probably won’t believe it – and you’ll hardly even notice how easy it is to get there; at least until you start.

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