If that fact does not amaze you, then you are not in the baby boomer generation. I am going to bet that most of you reading this said the same thing as I did, “No way!” He was 40 years old when he made Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I just finished reading Dick Van Dyke’s autobiography.
His title is his philosophy. “Keep Moving”. He attributes his long life and health to staying active in mind, spirit and body. He goes to the gym everyday, walks on the treadmill and lifts some weights. Oh, did I mention he is married to a woman 46 years his junior. He is says, “Life is all about attitude. You cannot choose when you die but you can choose how you live.”
So lets take a few pointers from this man who has made 3 generations laugh and sing.
Let’s move everyday.
Here are 4 essential moves that you can do from the comfort of your living room floor.
Push ups – This military staple engages all muscles. Start on your knees if you must. But count out how many you can do with out stopping. Do that number (reps) 3 times (sets). The next day add just one more. One more rep or one more set.
Now flip to your side. This is a side hip thrust. Lean on your elbow with your legs stretched out like you are on a balance beam, lift your hips up and down and work on the side of your waist, your obliques. Flip to the other side. Count how many reps you do and do them for 3 sets.
One last flip and you are back on your stomach. Get in push up position but this time just hold your extended arms in a plank position and count. How many seconds can you hold a plank? This is unbelievable abdominal work! Planks can be more beneficial than crunches.
There you have it! A 20 minute work out that can be done nearly every day in the comfort of your living room. It is quiet and you do not need any special equipment. Add a mile or 2 or 3 of walking everyday and you too can dance your way into your 90th birthday party.
I plan to do just that. My goal in life is to touch the floor all the days of my life!
Another great thing Dick Van Dyke said was, “There comes a time when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.” I see many 70 and 80 year old people at Gold’s Gym and they are such an inspiration. They make me not afraid to grow old.
He and I share one philosophy. Live a life of no regrets. Keep moving! Don’t stop!
And as always, I am here to help you.