Hi, I’m Hazel. This morning I would like to talk with you about my exercise routine that I started many years ago.

Not on my own mind you, but my son who was finishing up his college work and living at home, and we were sitting together at church and when the sermon was over it was time to stand up and my knees must have gone crack, crack. I didn’t even notice it, didn’t even realize it, and he said, “Mom, is that your knees cracking like that?” I just, “Well, I guess so.” So, when we got home his said, “Mom, you’re way too young to have that happening to you.” I was in my early 50s. And he said, “I’m putting you on an exercise routine.”

I hadn’t even thought about it. I wish just going with the flow and doing what everybody does just accepting what was happening to me, not even realizing actually that anything was happening to me. But he said, “I want you to do 40 sit-ups, 40 push-ups, and 40 deep knee bends every day, and 10 minutes of cardio.” And I said, “I can’t even do a push-up. What are you talking about?” He said, “That’s okay. You can do one today. Tomorrow you can do two. And you just work up to the 40.” I was incredulous.

He said, “But mom, I guarantee if you will do it every day, and I don’t mean three times a week, I mean seven days a week every week, if you’ll do it consistently you’ll still be able to do it when you’re in your 80s.” Well, I was incredulous. I just couldn’t believe it. He said, “You’ll be able to walk. You’ll be able to travel. You’ll be able to do anything you want. You won’t be crippling around and hobbling around, and being on a walker, and all of that. You’ll be able to do whatever you want.’ And I said, “Really?”

He said, “I guarantee it, but you got to do it every day. But just think, it doesn’t take any extra equipment. You don’t have to spend any money. It doesn’t take any special clothing. You don’t even have to leave the house. You can do it in any kind of weather. You just do it. It’s just a maintaining. It’s not a bodybuilding. It’s just maintaining, and it needs to be 20 minutes every day. Just get up 20 minutes earlier, and it’ll be worth it. I guarantee it.”

So I thought, okay I know he cares about me, and I know he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a triathlete. So, I did it. And sure enough, all those years went by, funny how they go so fast these days, and life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes. Anyway, when I was 80 one day I called him and I said, “[Roy 00:03:06], I owe you my life. If it hadn’t been you that told me to do that I probably wouldn’t have done it, but I did it because you told me to do it. And it has really come true.” And he said, “Mom, you deserve the credit for it. You’re the one who did it. I just told you about it. I told lots of other people, but they haven’t done it. You have done it, so you deserve the credit for it.”

And now I’m very, very thankful. Now I’m 88. I still can do it. I don’t do it every day because now I go to the gym and workout for an hour and a half, and do all kinds of other things on the machines, and everything. And then I walk in the neighborhood on the days I don’t go there, every other day for an hour, two miles. My friend and I decided while we were walking we just would pick up trash on the way, and kinda beautify the neighborhood. So, we do that as we’re walking, and that gives us another purpose besides just walking.

So, I recommend that our bodies are made to move. They are not made to sit around. Our bodies are made to move all the time. So, if you’re sitting and you’re not doing that I guarantee you, you will feel it as time goes on. Now I know young people are watching this. They’re thinking, oh well, I’m invincible nothing like that will happen to me. I can be … I’m just fine like I am. Well, it’ll catch up to you. Eventually, it will catch up to you.

So, I do an hour and a half a day now on a regular basis six days a week. And on Sunday I still do that little routine because I can do it right here in my house, and I still do it, and I can. I recommend that you exercise on a regular basis as a way of life. Now, I used to just exercise if I wanted to lose a little weight I’d do a little exercise for a little while, but once I’d lost the weight I just forgot about it. I didn’t do it anymore. So, it never was a lifestyle for me until my early 50s.

It’s got to be a lifestyle for you. It can’t be something you just do now and then later, well I’m too tired today. I’ll do it tomorrow. No, no. You do it even though you are tired because it gives you more energy if you exercise. Now, that was a phenomenon I’d never thought of before. I thought you’re working hard that would make you more tired. No. What it does is gives you more energy, and it speeds up your metabolism and helps you. So, exercise I recommend it highly. Have a great day.

I’m Hazel. I’d love for you to get my book, 88 Keys to Living a Long and Purposeful Life. I’d love to talk with you more about how you can be healthy, and how you can live a more purposeful and happy life.

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