As we consider the stewardship of our bodies, I wanted to share my fitness journey with you. It is my hope that my story will encourage you and help you see what is possible when you are truly motivated to make a change in your life.
I began my fitness journey at 58. Before then, I had not darkened a gym door in over 40 years. I reluctantly returned to the gym as the result of being told by my physician that if I did not significantly change my lifestyle, I was well on the way to becoming diabetic. I was overweight and my cholesterol and triglycerides were off the charts. I could not walk up a flight of stairs without losing my breath.
I began to watch what I ate and exercising. Within six months of my doctor’s admonition, my blood work came back “normal” and I had lost well over 40 pounds! Along the way I found a love of fitness. I competed internationally in kettlebell competitions and was honored to be on the US national team. I am now a certified personal trainer and kettlebell sport coach. Recently I also became certified as a fitness instructor through Revelation Wellness, which has allowed me to incorporate my faith journey into my fitness journey.
There’s really nothing exceptional about my story. I’m just a regular guy. But now I feel an urgency to spread the word, get people off their couches, and abolish the belief that we are ever too old to begin to get fit. No matter your age or fitness level, I hope you will join me and begin your own fitness journey!
1. KEEP MOVING – Many of us will be a bit hampered by the winter weather. Think creatively of ways to get a few extra steps into your day. For example, any time you are watching TV, march in place during the commercials.
2. DRINK MORE WATER – Many times when our body needs more water it lets us know by that hungry feeling. If you’re craving a midafternoon snack, try starting off with a glass of water. It helps keep your calorie count down too.
3. DON’T FORGET YOUR MORNING STRETCH – This week add a few toe raises to your routine. Begin standing with your feet flat on the floor and then rise up on your toes 10 times. Conversely, keep your feet flat on the floor and flex your toes up 10 times. Your ankles will thank you later.
The information in FMF-FiT is brought to you by Richard Morton, Strategic Initiatives Analyst at FMF Financial Services and a certified fitness coach.