“I’m too old to get in great shape.” “I can’t do what I use to do as a youngster.” “I wish I can go back in my 20s.” These are some of the phrases I hear guys and gals over 40 say in the gym while they’re doing bicep curls with 3lb pink dumbbells.
If that is you, then I have two words to say to you: Stop it! Better yet, quit making excuses. Age has little to do with you being out of shape. If that was the case, then there wouldn’t be any athletes over 40 years old.
You have the power to be in shape regardless if you’re 42, 62 or even 82 years old. Nonetheless, there are principles you have to follow if you plan on being fit throughout your lifetime.
So let’s discuss 3 principles regarding fitness that you have to realize before you get (or remain) in shape past the big 4-0.
Fitness is a state of mind
What do all people who are in shape got in common? They have a strong mindset to be fit. Being in shape is a state of mind. Think about it.
Nobody is forcing or making you not be in shape.
That choice is up to you. You choose whether you let your stomach be flabby or flat.
You choose whether you develop high blood pressure or other health problems.
The day you decide in your mind that you want to be fit, you will do what is necessary to become so. Your body, your choice.
Fitness is about progression
As stated earlier, there are older men and women in the gym claiming that it is hard for them to get in shape, yet curling on 3lb pink dumbbells.
First and foremost, unless you’re an elderly man or woman who is working out for the first time, 3lbs won’t challenge you.
Yet, many older people continuously workout like that. If you truly desire to be fit, you got to push yourself.
If you were in shape when you were younger, the reason for that wasn’t due to your age, but because you pushed your physique to do more.
So if you’re workout feels like a day at the spa, you’re not pushing hard enough to progress.
Let go of your younger years
This is probably the biggest pill most older people have to swallow.
Yesteryear is….yesteryear! It’s gone so stop reminiscing over the amazing physique you had in 1993.
Instead, realize that you have the chance of achieving that physique only if you really want to. If you don’t, then that’s okay.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t about having the most chiseled abs or flattest stomach. It is about being able to keep up with your children. It is about not relying on prescription pills to survive.
It is about seeing your feet (not your belly) when you look down. Nobody can turn back the hands of time; but, by living a healthy lifestyle, you can increase your lifetime moving forward.
Those were 3 principles regarding fitness for you to think about, especially if you’re over or approaching the age of 40.