Getting the motivation for a fitness routine in your 50’s can be a toughie for some! Let alone a ‘home fitness’ routine! But the benefits are huge!
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 train 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 are other far more important things in life than that!
Whether you’re new to exercising or have been at it for years, your motivation can plateau or just plain plummet in this age bracket!
It’s easy to talk yourself out of a home fitness routine. Particularly if it’s…..
- …Too cold!
- …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.
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 get you onto your mat and ready to work up a sweat!
10 Things To Focus On When Motivation Is NOT Your Friend!
1. The Stress and Mental Release
A workout puts you in the moment! When you’re sweating and focusing on your balance and strength, 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.
2. The ‘Happiness’ Factor
The flood of endorphins that’s released when you get your heart rate up, makes you feel invincible! 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 who’s said they felt ‘worse’ after a workout!
3. The Whole-Body Health Effect
Taking prescription drugs for health issues? Exercise and make your body strong. It’s the quickest way to diminish or eliminate your prescription needs. Getting fit, strong and lean has a wonderful flow-on effect to every part of your body.
4. That Big Burst Of Confidence!
Commit to your fitness routine – you’ll become stronger, leaner, more flexible AND feel invincible! Anything in life seems possible!
5. 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!
6. Mental Strength
You learn about yourself, your discipline levels, your willingness to push yourself past your supposed limits. AND about your physical capabilities.
This has a flow-on effect to other areas of your life – your job, your relationships and other challenges.
7. Feeling Younger Than Your Years!
Working-out gives you a happiness boost. And you add to your bone and muscle density by doing bodyweight and weights based routines. This combo keeps your body feeling agile. Combine this with flexibility exercises and you have less aches and pains as you head into your 50’s. You feel younger than your years.
8. Forming A Habit Helps You Achieve More
Being consistent with your workouts gets you results. Developing a routine with anything in life brings you success. You’ll get to a point where you actually start to feel a bit strange if you don’t get in your daily workout!
9. Being Grateful – Because You Can!
There’re many people in this world who aren’t able to exercise and move their bodies freely. You might take it for granted. But it’s a gift to be in a fully functioning body. We should all feel grateful for this. Honour your body and make it work for you.
10. ‘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. 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……..
- Get your mat out
- Music ready
- Your training gear on
- And get your workout done!