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By Carey Long
Feb. 12, 2013 7:17 p.m.

A couple years ago I wrote a book of workouts for the 40+ that was to be a launching pad for “CHANGE!” These weren't ordinary workouts. For one thing, they were short—exactly what a busy schedule demands. The idea was to reduce the reasons you can’t workout.
I've changed, man. That’s what I hear from people everyday that have decided change is good.
As I write this, I think of all the people that started using my book to “CHANGE” their perception of getting older. I know their shoulders are broader and waist is thinner. They walk more confidently. Not coincidentally, chronic shoulder pain has disappeared or the nagging sensation that constantly reminds us we are aging.
So yes, change is good. But more important, it's necessary. If you're not changing, you're not growing. And if you're not growing, you're dying.
As kids, we fantasize about changing the world—as inventors or rocket scientists or home-run hitters. That's the hard way. We can also change the world by being the best version of ourselves we can be. That means staying positive and passionate and curious, and spreading those qualities to our friends, our colleagues, and our kids.
The funny thing about change, though: The more desperate you are to make one, the harder it is to pull off. The time to strike is when you're feeling great about yourself. Do you really love who you are? Perfect! Now change.
"Change what?" you ask. I don't know. Only you can answer that. But I do know that the rest of your life—and the best of your life—depends on it.
Carey Long
Fitness Director Spectrum @Southdown’s

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