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How dauntless are you?

Nowadays, women are bolder, risk-takers and more courageous. The common taboos about physical workout is almost gone. It’s common to see another Mr. Miyagi doing Kung Fu or Taichi in the morning. It’s ordinary to see middle-aged and older women taking zumba classes after work. If you ask them why they do it? The recurring response would be, “…because it’s fun!”

Take it from the examples of the people below who changed their minds about fitness. Why are they doing it?

You Vs. Happy Pills We can’t say that fitness can’t help you because you’re too bored. If you’re bored about your life, have a quick jog or do some quick jumping jacks and feel the difference.

I run because it makes me feel good. Some people are looking for ways to be happy even waste time searching for happy pills. But for me, running is my happy pill. W.R.

You Vs. Speed and AgingPeople say that when you get old, you can no longer do strenous exercises. This is not the case with Neal Unger and Victor Earhart!

I’ve always wanted to skate. I wanted to join the skaters when I was young, but my parents never bought me a skateboard because they think that sport is dangerous. Then college happened, work happened and now I just feel that I’m too old for that. One day while browsing videos on YouTube I came upon a video of an old man skating. And guess what at 65, he’s just a begginer? Yes I’m a woman, but what’s my excuse? Thanks to Neal Unger now I’m more determined to do what I’ve always wanted to do. S. F.

You Vs. Weakness and False Belief – If other people say you couldn’t do it, never believe them. Even if it’s coming from your own parents. Take it from the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give in. Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never…”

I love nature. I love the mountains. I want to join the mountaineers and climb with them. I also want to do rock climbing. But ever since I had tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, I thought I can never do extreme sports again. This is what I believed for years because it’s what my doctor and parents told me. Then I read an article about old men and women doing extreme sports. One of them shows an old woman doing pole dancing and she started to do this after she was diagnose with osteoporosis. I was strucked dumb. If Greta Pontarelli can do it, why can’t I? Now I’m glad I’m back to doing what I love to do. I learned that without pain, there will never be any gain. W. S.

We may not control the aging process, we can’t stop that. What we can do is change our beliefs, have enough time to relieve stress, be happy and start looking good by feeling good. Make the move, step forward and do what you’ve always wanted to do. Now, how dauntless are you? Can you take the challenge?

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