You know that doing a workout at least 5 x per week is good for you. Because lets face it, you are bombarded with this information everywhere as you enter peri-menopause and menopause.
The prospect of looking ‘hot’ over 50, if you workout hard may not be such a big motivator anymore!
Sure you still want to look good but time and wisdom has no doubt taught you that there are other far more important things in life than that!
Whether you are new to exercising or have been at it for years your motivation sometimes plateaus or just plain plummets!
It’s easy to talk yourself out of getting kitted up and doing your 30-40 minutes – particularly if its –
- Too cold!
- Or even too hot!
- You’re too busy.
- You will do it later….but it doesn’t quite work out timewise.
- You feel tired etc, etc.
So if the lure of being one ‘hot mama’ over 50 isn’t quite enough to get you to do your workout on any given day, try to focus on the numerous other mental and long-term health benefits that a good workout will give you.
The physical changes are a huge bonus particularly in this menopausal phase, but are not the do-all-end-all. The lure of the other benefits might just get you out the door or onto your mat and ready to work up a sweat!
10 Things To Focus On When Motivation Is NOT Your Friend!
- The Stress and Mental Release
A workout puts you in the moment! There is no time to be thinking about the stressful day you might have had or worrying about what tomorrow is bringing when you are sweating and focusing on your balance and strength.
Even a walk in a beautiful park or bush and the clean air you get to breathe deeply can clear your head of worries.
- The ‘Happiness’ Factor
Without a doubt, that flood of endorphins that is released when you get your heart rate up just makes you feel damn good! Things that may have been aggravating you pre-workout just don’t seem to be that important post-workout!
I have never met a person who has said they felt ‘worse’ after a workout!
- The Whole-Body Health Effect
If you’re dealing with a few or many other health issues, you know that exercising and making your body strong WILL have a positive effect on the amount of drugs you might have to take or in diminishing and sometimes eliminating the other health problems you are tackling. Getting fit, strong and lean has a wonderful flow-on effect to every part of your body.
- That Big Burst Of Confidence!
Persevere and commit to your workout program and you become stronger, leaner and more flexible and you WILL feel invincible! Anything seems possible as you start to become at one with your body!
- The ‘Look What I Can Do’ Factor!
It’s a bit of a ‘Wow – look at me’ moment when you realize how far you have come with your body. Perhaps you can lift weights you never imagined you could, balance on one leg with ease, touch your toes or do your workout without feeling like you are going to pass out!
- Mental Strength
You learn so much about yourself, your discipline levels, your willingness to push yourself past your supposed limits and about your physical capabilities.
The wonderful thing about this, is that it has a flow-on effect to other areas of your life – your job, your relationships and other challenges you may face.
- Feeling Younger Than Your Years!
Working out not only gives you a happiness boost, but by using bodyweight and weights based routines you get to add to your bone and muscle density. This combo will keep your body feeling agile. Combine this with flexibility work and you will have less aches and pains as you head into this menopausal stage. This without a doubt will make you feel younger than your years.
- Forming A Habit Helps Us Achieve More
Being consistent and committed to the process enables you to achieve more. Developing a routine is important in all walks of life. You will get to a point where you actually start to feel a bit strange if you don’t get in your daily workout!
- Being Grateful – Because You Can!
There are many people in the world who are not able to exercise and move their bodies dynamically for various reasons. We take if for granted on a daily basis. But it is a gift to be in a fully functioning body and we should feel grateful for this. Honour your body and make it work for you.
- ‘Me’ Time!
You may have a job that sees you dealing with people all day long. Or you may be caring for people.
Working Out is your time to just be with YOU! To focus on YOU, to give 100% to YOU – and at no point to feel guilty about doing this.
Being happier mentally and physically has a wonderful flow-on effect to other people and circumstances in your life.
So when motivation is low – have a think about the above 10 points, then……..
- Get your mat out,
- Your music ready
- Your training gear on….. and get your workout done!
Elaine is a Master Trainer with over 27 years of experience in nutrition and training styles. Being in her 50’s she understands what works for this age group. That is why she has developed the CBT20 Core Body Transformation 20 online 14 week training program and the CF20 Core Fusion 20 online 8 week training program. Elaine has also published a free E-Book on developing core strength in your 50’s.