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Fit for Everybody – A Motivational Tale

Submitted by on Wednesday, 16 March 2011One Comment
Fit for Everybody – A Motivational Tale

Today I was in the gym doing my normal routine. I was lifting, gasping for air, lifting again and just in the zone. I put down the weight, look to my right and I see an elderly man (75-80 yrs old) slowly making his way through the gym door. He was wearing track pants tucked into his socks, old sneakers and a rather bulky sweater. At first I thought the man was lost (a stupid sterotype on my part) and I paused for a minute but slowly yet surely he was making his way to the treadmill. It must have taken him 3-4 minutes (what would normally take 30 seconds) to make his way from the door to the closest treadmill. I went back to my routine and during my next pause I looked up and the man was slowly walking on the treadmill. He couldn’t do much, but whatever he did seemed to have satisfied his needs. He then made his way over to the weights at which point my personal trainer instinct kicked in and I watched him while working just to make sure he wasn’t hurting himself. You can tell that he wasn’t exactly a pro at form but he wasn’t doing anything to harm himself either. He then took a mat and lay on it and attempted to do some crunches (which he did successfully too!) and then he lay there for 10 minutes. I again paused and thought to myself, wow, this man is an inspiration. ┬áThere are people like me and other younger folks that make excuses for going to the gym (yes I do it too) who owe it to themselves to keep fit and stay in shape. Here you have a man that is making the attempt to stay healthy no matter what it takes. I almost wanted to go upto him and shake his hand and thank him for inspiring me without him even knowing it.

Its difficult to understand why so many North American’s tend to push out a healthy exercise in favour of non-productive things. The elderly man is a good example of someone who has added years to his life, just by spending 20-30 min in the gym a few times a week. He can now enjoy some of the simple pleasures of life such as the summer weather, time with his grand children, or time out with his friends. A simple walk, a few visits to the gym or a change in lifestyle in moderation can really help you extend your life and fight off potential illnesses. Understanding the benefits and educating yourself can really help with improving your lifestyle. Show your body some respect and make the time to get in a healthy workout and one day you can follow in the footsteps of the man this article is dedicated to. Keep fit and think positive!

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  • Poonam said:

    I think this article was inspiring for me too. I am an avid “fit freak” (for a lack of a better word) and I, too, have seen a similar situation and just think that its so motivational to see such a thing. Its unfortunate (being from the health profession), how easily people overlook the benefits of healthy eating and adequate physical activity. I realize there are many days when people don’t find there are enough hours, but the sacrificing of 20-30mins daily for the betterment and longevity of your lifespan speaks volumes.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Hopefully this will influence others to adopt this lifestyle!