Getting the motivation to exercise in your 50’s can be a toughie! You know doing a workout at least 5 x per week is good for you. Because you’re bombarded with this information everywhere, as you enter peri-menopause and menopause.
But 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 taught you that there’re other far more important things in life than that!
Whether you’re 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 –
Or even too hot!
You’re too busy.
You’ll do it later….but it doesn’t quite work out time-wise.
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, try to focus on all the other mental and long-term health benefits that a damn good workout will give you.
The physical changes are a huge bonus particularly in this menopausal age bracket. But aren’t 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!
Get the motivation to exercise in your 50’s!
10 Things To Focus On When Motivation Is NOT Your Friend!
The Stress and Mental Release
A workout puts you in the moment! There’s no time to be thinking about the stressful day you might have had or worrying about the crap you’ve got to put up with tomorrow, when you’re sweating and focusing on your balance and strength.
Even a walk in a beautiful park or bush with that fresh clean air, gets you breathing deeply which always de-stresses your mind!
The ‘Happiness’ Factor
That flood of endorphins that’s 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’ve never met a person whose said they felt ‘worse’ after a workout!
The Whole-Body Health Effect
If you’re dealing with a few OR many health issues, you know that exercising and making your body strong HAS an effect on the amount of drugs you have to take. And will diminish and sometimes eliminate the health problems you’re tackling. Getting fit, strong and lean has a wonderful flow-on effect to every part of your body.
That Big Burst Of Confidence!
Commit to your workout program – you’ll become stronger, leaner, more flexible AND you WILL feel invincible! Anything seems possible as your body becomes strong!
The ‘Look What I Can Do’ Factor!
It’s a bit of a ‘wow – look at me’ moment when you realise how far you’ve 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’re going to pass out!
You learn about yourself, your discipline levels, your willingness to push yourself past your supposed limits AND about your physical capabilities.
The wonderful thing about this, it has a flow-on effect to other areas of your life – your job, your relationships and other challenges.
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 exercises and you’ll have less aches and pains as you head into this menopausal stage. This WILL make you feel younger than your years.
Forming A Habit Helps You Achieve More
Being consistent with your workouts WILL get you results. Developing a routine is important in all walks of life. You’ll 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’re many people in the world who aren’t able to exercise and move their bodies freely, for various reasons. You might take it for granted. But it’s a gift to be in a fully functioning body and you should feel grateful for this. Honour your body and make it work for you.
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 NEVER feel guilty about doing this.
Being happier mentally and physically has a wonderful flow-on effect to other people and to how your life turns out.
So when motivation is low – have a think about the above 10 points, then……..