Why Fight to be Fit After 50?
Plenty of Reasons!
If young people exercise largely so they can look good, well, then: Great. Whatever motivates you to be healthy and enjoy life.
But by age 50, 60 or so, we’re less concerned about being “beach-body ready.” We’re more motivated by things that go deep into our consciousness and values. Some people find it helps them stick with it if they identify a primary motivator – a main reason they can remember on those days when they might not feel like it.
Being in good physical shape – with strength, endurance and flexibility – helps us remain independent and enjoy living as we please. And in the face of a global pandemic, it helps fortify us against current and future health threats.
We love hearing what drives people to live a better life. We want to know: What are your powerful, compelling reasons to run, swim, lift weights, ride bikes, etc.?
Most people say one or several of these:
- Improved Sleep
- Weight Management
- Avoiding premature aging and frailty
- Playing with grandchildren
- Reducing medication
- Enjoying sports and hobbies
- Avoiding obesity, hypertension and falls
- Social interaction
- Better recovery from surgeries
- Treatment of chronic conditions like Parkinson’s, diabetes and more
Do any of those strike a chord with you?
Any reason is a good reason. Heck, you don’t even have to have one. “Just because” is a great answer!
But try thinking about it. Tie that reason around your finger (figuratively, of course). You might find the reminder helpful on those days you struggle to get moving or get to the gym.
Gordon Palmer, Register Personal Trainer, Functional Aging Specialist. Training & Fitness Coordinator at Global Fitness & Racquet Centre.