Ask Chuck: How to put some pep in your step - even if you're older

By Charles Colson
June 26, 2014 at 1:26 a.m.

I am now up in age and would love to get more exercise, but just the thought of getting out of bed is difficult for me. Do you have any suggestions as to what would give me more energy?

Yes. As we get older, we tend to let our bodies take over in unhealthy ways just because it feels so comfortable. I agree with an excellent article in To Your Health magazine that simply covers the topic of movements for healthy living. It states that it's been said that movement is life, and when it comes to preventing disease and maximizing fitness results, nothing seems to beat good, old-fashioned movement in any form. It simply says it is quite important to train our bodies to move.

Of course, one step at a time is smart - walk first before running. This can be easier than you think if you use what they call interval sprints along your way. This means taking wise breaks from your regular pace. Do about 15 seconds of sprints, then go back to your normal pace, whether you are walking or running. This training routine will definitely give our bodies the speed, quickness and power we are trying to achieve. So, let's spend our valuable years moving more instead of just thinking about that rocking chair. I believe Michelle Obama is attempting to help out our kids this way at an early age in order for it to become a normal energy balancing method for their entire lives.

Charles, I have had the most difficult time trying to email you questions. Why am I having so much trouble?

Recently, I have been asked this, and the only thing I have figured out is when you go to type my email address as stated below, type it exactly as it is spelled. Do not use the hyphen that shows up because that's the only way the Advocate can print it out with proper space. Sorry, the length is far beyond my control, thanks to AT&T.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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