For all but a few hearty souls, exercise alone may become stale. A good way around the tedium is to choose a life sport. A life sport is one that you can enjoy at 9 or 90. Online research can get you started. Every sport will have magazines and websites and associations and forums.
Here are a few suggestions:
Archery Skating Golf Tennis Squash
Swimming Bowling Scuba diving Basketball
Cycling Martial Arts Racquetball Fishing Yoga
Running Aerobics Boating Skiing Walking
Badminton Tai chi Weight lifting Hiking/climbing
What changes can you make in your daily routine to improve your life? If you can feel and look great, why not go for it? Your minimal goal should be to burn 1,000 or more calories per week through exercise.
Walking is a good start. Begin your program with daily sessions of about 15 minutes, gradually building up to a half-hour or longer per day. An exercise program doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a simple program: walk 10,000 steps a day. That’s it. Get a pedometer and start walking your 10,000 steps. Pick up litter on your journey and you’ll be accomplishing both goals of the Action Principles®: to improve yourself and help others.
If you are over 50 or someone at high risk for heart disease, you should check with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level or radically changing your diet. You may find that as the compliments start to roll in and you start feeling younger and younger, healthy living will become one of your best habits.
To become proficient at a sport, you dedicate yourself to diligent practice. For example, the average person can earn a black belt in karate in three to four years if he or she takes classes and practices an average of three to four times per week. It can be done with patience and perseverance. In learning a new sport, take care to build upon a solid foundation of fundamentals. Slow down and practice your basics. The natural tendency is to want to seek new material and to rush ahead. This is usually a mistake that frequently leads to early burnout.
There will be a cold morning when the last thing that you want to do is to get out of a warm bed and exercise. This is a moment of decision. This is the decision that makes all the difference. It’s not the nine easy mornings. It’s the one tough morning that becomes the bridge between success plateaus. Everyone can or won’t make the choice to get up. This is the point. This is why you will succeed. In those moments of decision, you will choose success. This is mastery.