I am an active person. I do some sort of exercise first thing in the morning and then stay active throughout the day. Getting up and getting going is who I am. As the years fly by, I now look at exercise as I invest in my fitness while spending time being active.
One of my goals is to age gracefully with a healthy and active lifestyle. I have an active 93-year-old mother and she sets a good example of what I want to achieve.
Money Analogy for Fitness
Think of an analogy of money and compound interest. One invests their money so it can grow, and then benefit from compounding interest. Instead of spending all the money, some is invested for the future. The same is true with fitness. I invest in my fitness so I can get a return on my investment as I age. I am active and fit so I can continue to be active and fit in the coming years.
To continue the money analogy, there are also different ways to invest money. Some experts say to not put all your eggs in one basket, or all your money in one investment. The key is to diversify.
Fitness is the same way. I am a big propionate of walking. Walking and staying active is a huge part of fitness. However, it is important to diversify. Different activities can include biking, paddling, Pilates, yoga, running, racket sports, golf, hiking, dancing, etc. Fitness also includes strength training and working on your core, back, arms, legs, etc. Diversity also means to stay active through out the day. Walking 2-3 miles in the morning and then sitting the rest of the day is not the goal. The goal is to move often through out the day.
Investing in your fitness now is like saving for retirement. Over time it adds up, accumulates, and can help you to enjoy your future years. That is why I invest in my fitness while spending time being active.