I Challenge You!

March 4, 2010

Fat gain is sneaky!  Because of this, you MUST be on the lookout for it.

When should you start keeping an eye on whether or not fat is creeping up on you?  As early as possible.  My personal belief is that people should be engaged in some sort of regular physical activity from the time they graduate from high school until they leave this earth.

Did you know that from age 20 to age 40, Americans gain about 2 pounds per year in each of those 20 years?!  That’s 40 pounds!

My personal guess as to why this weight gain happens in most cases is that we become a lot less active after we graduate.

Consider this.  What if through lower activity we burned an average of 20 fewer calories per day?  20 calories doesn’t seem like much — it’s a little less than the number of calories in a single Hershey’s kiss — but over time it adds up.  20 calories per day for 350 days is 7000 calories — the amount in 2 pounds of fat.

So, the key to remaining fit and trim for life is staying active.  Stay active!  Do stuff!  Play with the kids, your spouse, your dog.  Participate in sports, workout, take up for fitness Do something.  Just stay active.

The most fit people I know in my age range are those that started a fitness habit when they were young (in their 20s).  For those reading this that are in your 20s, take heed — exercise!  For those reading this in your 40s or older, if you’ve not started an exercise habit, now is the time to start.  I challenge you to begin and to stick with it!


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One Response to “I Challenge You!”

  1. Hi Darryl,

    I take that challenge!

    Yup, that stat of the weight gain from our 20s to our 40s is so indicative of our inactive lifestyles. When I was in my 20s I would sometimes do an aerobics class or jog. Now that I’m older, one of my favorite exercises is simply to walk on a beautiful day and around a park nearby.

    I get both the fresh air and the benefit of exercising. And, like you so smartly point out to us so graciously, establishing the lifestyle and lifetime HABIT of exercising will serve us well for years to come.

    I think of walking as something which I can for the REST of my life. Which means into my 100s. 🙂 That’s my plan (based on my grandma!)

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Boomer Dating Expert and Online Dating Coach



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