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Most Common Fitness Questions Relevant for Baby Boomers

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

IMG_2184After 3 decades’ teaching fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages, Alexandra and I have been asked a lot of interesting fitness questions. As you might suspect, people all over the world have similar concerns and workout goals. And many of the questions repeat. Over time, generations, and borders. Over and over.

Can you guess which questions are the most common? Is the fitness question that often flits across your mind on our list of FAQs? Did you know that baby boomers ask basically the same questions as college students?

To be totally honest, one of the following questions is made up. A plant. A bogus item inserted to pique your curiosity.  Can you figure out which one is not like the others? (Remember that game from childhood?)

Drum roll and envelope please for the Top Workout Questions asked of Kymberly and Alexandra and probably many other fitness professionals. For some answers, click on the accompanying links:

  1. What’s the best way to lose weight? (Answer: Lose Weight or Maintain Weight Loss? )
  2. How do I lose these last 10 pounds? This month? (Answer: Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks)
  3. How do I lose the pudge/muffin top around my middle? (Seeing a theme thus far?)
  4. What workout shoes do you recommend? (Answer: The best shoe for you depends on many factors and several footwear posts)
  5. What’s the best cardio activity? (Answer: Walk or Run to the Best Cardio Workout)
  6. Is it better to walk or run? (Answer: Walk or Run to the Best Cardio Workout)
  7. What music did you just play as I loved/ hated it. So please play it never/ again. (Answer: The Ultimate Playlist of Your Fit Life)
  8. How do I get to be more like you? (Answer: Who are we really? Telling Twins Apart
  9. Which should I do first: strength training or aerobics? (Answer: Weights or Cardio – Who’s On First?)
  10. Am I doing (this exercise) correctly?
  11. Why does it hurt when I do (this)?
  12. What’s the best exercise to address (this area)?
  13. What do you recommend for someone starting out with a fitness program? (Answer: I Want to Lose 100 Pounds)
  14. If my knee hurts, what activities do you suggest I do/ avoid? (Answer: The Knights Who Say “Knee”)
  15. Do you know the way to San Jose? (Is that tune now in your head? To quote Stephen Colbert, “you’re welcome”).
  16. What do I have to do to get a 6-pack? (Answer: Want Washboard Abs? One 6 Pack to Go)

Admit it, did you get to question #8 and think you’d spotted the imposter? Until you got to #14 then doubt set in? True story – the former is a real and oft-asked question. Ok, so we were asked it a lot more when we were in our 20s and 30s. It still counts.

Was your pressing question in the list above? If not, stick it in the comments section below.

As you work your way down to enter your nagging active aging question, please enjoy a few photos from our trip to Thailand with our mom.  Unrelated (the pics to this post, not us to our mom) and gratuitous, these photos are just a few of our faves.

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha






Wat (temple) towers- Thailand

Wat (temple) towers- Thailand

Thailand temple with Chinese influence

Thailand temple with Chinese influence





Temple roof and columns in Thailand

Temple roof and columns in Thailand






Buddhist Bells at Thailand Wat

Buddhist Bells at Thailand Wat

Jewels and Detail from Royal Barge in Bangkok

Jewels and Detail from Royal Barge in Bangkok






The most common question on our minds: Why not subscribe to our YouTube channel to get video that will improve your fitness status? Have you subscribed yet to our blog? (Our second most common question).  Please also follow us on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. Or click now on the icons above. You’ll be especially happy to do so if you like seeing our Thailand pics as we share more of them there.

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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10 Responses to Most Common Fitness Questions Relevant for Baby Boomers

  1. Tamara April 18, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    What a great way to highlight your wonderful posts! I have had many of these questions asked of me over and over and over too! I shall share this post just so I don’t have to answer any questions today!
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  2. KymberlyFunFit April 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Thanks for sharing our post especially if it helps answer some of the same questions you get up in Canada. But with an accent! As for adding the answer post links, I did that last minute. Brillo, eh? My goal really was to let people know that their question is probably the same as other people’s questions and that askers are not alone. My second goal is to have commenters add their questions that are not on the list. And OF COURSE is people click through to see past FABOO posts, that is great too! We used to be pretty funny!
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  3. Sim April 18, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I think my biggest question is – “How do I motivate myself to keep eating healthily ?” I try and try and have success for a few weeks and keep saying to myself that I will keep it up, and then it all goes bad as I say to myself “One hamburger and fries won’t do an harm”. Ha ha. And then I am quickly back on the road to junk again and all my effort was wasted.

    • AlexandraFunFit April 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Actually, Sim, we do get this question a lot, and I have the answer for you. Don’t worry about motivation. You have plenty of motivation. The issue is habit. So make new habits. First, if it’s burgers and fries you love, keep those in your diet. Just less often or smaller portions. For the junk food you like, but don’t love, ask yourself before you eat it, “Will this help me reach my goal and can I forego this food just this once?” If you get in the habit of asking yourself that question consistently, and remind yourself that it’s “just this once,” eventually they add up to less (as in less weight). It’s more effective to think in small increments, not big changes. Good luck! Oh, here’s a link to a post that will further answer your question:
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  4. Jody - Fit at 55 April 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    BIG :)!!!!!! Number 16 is so often asked that I can’t believe people still don’t know the answer to that one – open your cupboards & fridge & see what is in it & what you put in your mouth. ;)

    I never taught but I still got asked a lot of those – great list!

    I LOVE looking at your Thailand pics – such an amazing adventure!

    My question, can you make my face be 35 again! ;)
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  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 19, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    I think #3 and #16 are the most I get asked. Most think it’s all about doing ab work – sorry! Abs are made in the kitchen!
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  6. Miz April 19, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    this is such a fantastic list.
    except the HOW DO I GET TO TRAVEL WITH YOU?! query isnt there :)
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  7. Calla Gold April 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Those are some great fitness questions, and answers. The world of fitness can be a rocky and confusing one, filled with a lot of bad answers to good questions. I love how you guys break it down and lay it out for us.

    Calla Gold

  8. cherylann August 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    Nagging aging question? I am turning 61 this year and am training for my 120th triathlon. Just won my AG this summer swimming from Alcatraz. I don’t get this…

    • Debra February 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

      Cherylann…you just keep rocking tris and piping in that this is unnecessary !?

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