Changing the way we do things, especially if it’s something we’ve done for a long time, is the hardest task anyone can ask. We create a comfort zone of tranquility, serenity and calmness that our mind comes to prefer. But it is not always the best.
As we get older, our appetite changes. Our metabolism is different too, and we burn fewer calories. We need to change the way we eat and learn to substitute in healthier foods. And in order to continue to maintain a good healthy lifestyle, our daily routine needs to shift in a more active and productive way. It’s not always easy, but it can be done with support from friends and family.
Regular activity is not just for little kids or young people – we all need to be active, and it’s never too late to start. We had such a long winter; now that spring is finally here we have a chance to go outside and enjoy the warmer weather. It’s also a perfect opportunity to change some of your habits. Rather than just sitting in the sun, go for a little walk. If you can, bring along a friend or co-worker. You’ll be doing something good for yourself and getting a chance to be social at the same time.
Is there an activity you’ve always wanted to try? Go for it! Just about everyone has something they’ve said they’d like to try “someday.” Well, why not now? If you go to a gym, ask if they will let you try out a class to see if you like it. There are also some programs in Boston that plan community fitness events or offer free classes like yoga and Zumba in spring and summer. The Boston Natural Areas Network is another great group that organizes community activities like bike rides, canoeing and gardening – great opportunities for families to do something healthy and active together.
Let the change in seasons inspire you to get out there and get moving.