Bill Hendricks, 68, has spent a lot of time in the gym over the last several years. You don’t need to be nearly as devoted as he is to see important health benefits, and to feel and look better.
Here are some of his top lessons, which are helpful to anyone, no matter what your goals.
- Be teachable. “I played a lot of tennis over most of my life, and it kept me lean. But then my tennis friends dwindled, and I needed to find something else to do, so I decided to focus on the gym.” Bill learned he had to remain open-minded to learning new things from other people who knew more about exercise than he did.
- Get a partner. Until he moved recently (from Dallas to Las Vegas), Bill enjoyed training with a friend he made at the fitness center. This man was 30 years younger, and a lot taller and more muscular. So, you don’t have to find your twin. The encouragement and camaraderie are invaluable, Bill says.
- Keep it simple. “Eat right. Move your body. That’s all I’m doing. Ain’t nothing magic here, right? Everybody is different, but there are some basic things that are true for everybody.”
- Smile. “If you try to have a good attitude about it, there is the social element too. This is a place where I feel comfortable.”
- Don’t give up. “You don’t know what your body can do until you give it the chance to show what it can do. Give it a few months, at least, and be true to it.”