Updated: Apr 22
I'll be honest. Exercise took last place on my list of "wants" or "needs" for a very long time. Like most people I came up with excuse after excuse. Too tired. Too old. Too out of shape. I would embarrass myself in a gym setting. On and on the excuses went. One day my very-in-shape son dragged me to a gym and helped me get inside the door. The next thing I knew I was sitting at a desk with a personal trainer signing up for six months of weekly sessions.
From day one, I was hooked! I recognized that I could do this! It wasn't so hard. I didn't pass out on the floor. And I didn't embarrass myself. I noticed results in six weeks and just kept going. I grew more and more ambitious with my workouts - adding days, increasing weights, and lengthening my cardio sessions.
Fast forward two years and I am now a personal trainer myself having completed the ACTION personal training program, passed the proctored exam, and then went on to add a specialization in senior fitness with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I run in 5k races and this summer I will participate in the Pennsylvania senior games in the 100m and 200m events.
I honestly never dreamed I would write those previous two sentences. Now I desire to help other older adults like me to live healthier lives through physical fitness. If I did it, so can you. You can be fit at any age!