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Start Small, and the Problem Can Be Overcome

Start Small

This week we received a number of messages from people who are having a hard time, struggling with how to transition careers, how to deal with changing bodies, how to manage the grief of losing loved ones. AGEIST has presented options for how to live by showing examples of people who have gone through a struggle or are wrestling with one. But these people have succeeded or have a plan for how to succeed; they are exceptional human beings.  What about the person whose career has vaporized at 55 or the person who is so terrified about what to do they become paralyzed, unable to move forward believing they have nowhere to go — what about them?

One email I received this week told me that 50% of women in the UK over 50 can’t get up from a sofa without using their hands. This saddens me deeply, and if we at AGEIST can move the needle even slightly on this, it’s worth trying.

This is what I know.

Hard is not impossible.

Confusing these two leads to paralysis. Let’s embrace hard — but incrementally, as we are not used to it. Start small.

However much you have let your body go, you can begin to slowly rebuild it. 

How to start? Walk. Just walk. Every day for 3 weeks walk 10,000 steps. How far is that? It’s about an hour and a half of brisk walking. Additional to my daily exercise routines, every night after dinner I walk for 45 minutes or so around my neighborhood. I listen to music, podcasts, or just enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood. Simple victory and I sleep better and feel better.

We have begun. You are so much stronger than you think you are.

See medical disclaimer below. ↓

The ideas expressed here are solely the opinions of the author and are not researched or verified by AGEIST LLC, or anyone associated with AGEIST LLC. This material should not be construed as medical advice or recommendation, it is for informational use only. We encourage all readers to discuss with your qualified practitioners the relevance of the application of any of these ideas to your life. The recommendations contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your physician or other qualified health provider. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical or psychiatric emergency.

David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.


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