What happens to my body if I don’t exercise

I’m 55 years old and keep seeing media reports suggesting I should exercise, I have never exercised apart from walking to the station, isn’t that enough; I don’t see why I should do more?

Reading various articles about the importance of exercise as I walk 10 minutes to the rail station and back again I think is enough, after all, if I do more then I just get tired, my knees hurt and but I feel fine with what I am doing right now. I’m not sure why you need to do more, I have no intention of trying to run or become a weightlifter when I feel fine.

The last time I went to see the doctor a few months ago my blood pressure was a little high and they told my weight was high, which is why I started walking to the station instead of driving. My day is spent mainly in the office I have a takeaway lunch delivered to my desk and have diet cola and coffee throughout the day.

When I get home I usually have a dinner which I have picked up on the way home and a couple of beers or glass of wine with dinner.

I do find though that I feel a little breathless climbing stairs and have to get up several times during the night because I need the loo, as I have to get up early for work I usually skip breakfast and get a latte and bagel at the rail station which sees me through until lunch.

At the weekend, I will get a lay in to catch up on my sleep then watch a game on the tv with a takeaway before going out in the evening with friends to a wine bar and a meal.

I think my lifestyle is ok; don’t you?

Do I really need to change anything, can you explain to me why it’s important to change anything about my lifestyle and why.

I am just like most other people and all my friends are the same; to be honest, I think this craze of going to the gym will pass just like all the other fitness phases you see advertised in the name of another good health miracle cure.

My parents both had diabetes and my dad lost a leg but ok now in a wheelchair my Mum sadly died from a heart attack, I don’t want to end up like this so i have no intention of doing anything strenuous.

If you can give me a good reason why I should change I’ll probably take your advice and go to a personal trainer.

Sean

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