Move Your Fucking Bodies, People.
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Is it time to go home and lie down, yet? 

Maybe you were active years ago, or maybe you weren't. Chances are, at some point, you woke up to a desk job, kids, a spouse, and just enough time each day to sink in front of the TV, in a mentally exhausted heap, with a cocktail or three. Adulthood has a way of beating down our ambitions until you are bottom line grateful to simply survive another work week. 

We laugh it off with endless jokes about guys and beer or women and wine. We marathon shows on Netflix. We let tech keep our kids occupied while we stare off into space, wondering, in between task lists, just what the fuck we are doing with our so-called lives. (Weren't we supposed to know this? Was there a test?) Most of us are overweight, and the closer we are to 40 and beyond, chances are we've already had our first sketchy bloodwork result or health ailment. 

I hate to break it to you, but if you don't pull your shit together soon, you are going to fall apart by the time you are 60. No joke. We are at the age where bodies start to go. Blood pressure rises, cholesterol builds up, thyroids whack out, disease rears it's ugly head, and injuries don't heal like they used to.  Even if you aren't a total slob, it's going to happen. 

Most people freak out at some point, promise a whole new lifestyle, complete diet overhaul, and a shoot-for-the-stars exercise program designed for advanced athletes. It fails. They blame themselves, and either the cycle continues or they give up all together. 

I'd like to tell you to stop. Don't get caught up in stupid cycles of trying to do everything at once and then feeling like shit when it doesn't work out. Start with one simple directive:

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Move your fucking body.

Move your fucking bodies, people. One of the best things you can do is move. This is where you should start. Walk more, take the stairs, go for a walk at lunch, join a sport or a class, go to the gym.

The more you move, the more energy you will have to move more.

The more you move, the more motivated you will be to eat better. 

The more you move, the less you will eat out of boredom or grab that third beer out of the fridge.

The more you move, the more strength and flexibility you will have when you are 60 and beyond. 

The more you move, the more you'll want to do things with your spouse and your kids and improve your relationships.

So many of our health issues stem from lack of activity. I am a firm believer in using your body while it is able, because before you know it, it won't be. Instead of reaching for perfection in all directions, try a manageable goal first. Move. Use your body, lift a weight, try a sport, train for a 5k - there are a million silly races and challenges these days. Or, if you are really out of shape, start simpler: ride your bike to work, walk at lunch every day, get a standing desk or ride a stationary bike while you watch tv. 

You cannot build momentum if you don't engage in motion. And you are shit out of time to put it off any longer. What you do at 30 and 40 carries through to how you feel at 60 and 70. So get it the fuck together and start moving. 

 

FURTHER READING: 

Small Steps over Giant Leaps - The importance of pacing yourself in the beginning.

Re-Think Your Commute - A great way to integrate fitness into your life.