What is your greatest fear?

By: Edgar Schafer

Fear of heights, fear of natural disasters, fear of personal failure – these are some examples of what people fear. My biggest fear was speaking in front of an audience… until an old friend recently visited me.

Bob had gained a lot of weight since the last time I saw him a few years ago. I also noted that he was stooped over and had trouble with his balance. He lacked flexibility and was physically weak. As we conversed I learned that his was a sedentary lifestyle – no movement, no exercise. Passivity had exacted a price from my friend. He’s become an old man!

If a man reaches the age of 65 he is likely to live to the age of 84. (Women will live to age 86.) Like me, my friend is 70. He could live in his body for another 14 years. What’s the future hold for him? Is he going the way of walkers and wheelchairs? Will he be able to live independently? The incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increases with people who are inactive. Will he fall victim to a weak mind as well as a frail body? The future is suspect for my friend, I think.

Back to fear – My greatest fear is now to be trapped inside a body that cannot function well. To have a willing spirit but weak flesh – it makes me shudder to think about it. I can’t imagine not being able to roughhouse with my grandkids, not being able to travel, being unable to tend to my garden and cut my lawn. Is there a way to protect from such a plight? There is. It’s movement. Exercise is good medicine. My doctor says that if exercise were a pill it would be the most widely prescribed medication in the world. !

My company, Encore Fitness, is in the business of getting older people to move, to recapture what they have lost due to inactivity. We introduce people to exercise forms that enable them to perform the activities of daily living with greater ease and capacity. Our clients lose weight, build strength and improve their balance, stamina and flexibility.

It’s time to answer the call to further performance; it’s Encore Time!