It’s common to note that as we approach our forties or fifties (if we’re lucky), we lose our zest for life, become less active, and experience more physical discomfort than we did in our twenties?
So, if this is really the way it is as we get older, should we just have to put up with it and watch our health decline?
“NO, I’m not going to repair this,” we tell ourselves. “I’m going to get in shape and lose that extra weight.”
However, for some reason, it doesn’t seem to work for us. And how do we get over this problem? Is it impossible to become in shape after the age of 40?
Then why hasn’t it occurred to you? It’s common knowledge that by the time we reach our 30s and 40s, there’s a lot going on: a career, a family, or other responsibilities that require attention, and after dealing with all of that, there’s no time left over for self-care. And when there is, we’re just plain worn out.
Is this a familiar scenario?
If you want to feel as good as you did when you were 20, how do you do that while also attempting to get back in shape?
It’s the most important thing you can do.
The tiny voice in your head that tells you there’s no time or you’re too weary isn’t telling the truth, so ignore it. In order to get started, you’ll need to push yourself a little, but you can help yourself by thinking about why you want to improve your health and fitness and what the consequences will be if you don’t, and most importantly don’t do it for anyone else other than yourself, trying to get fit and healthy because someone else told you that you need to will not motivate you in the long run.
Where to find the time:
Your metabolism will be boosted for the rest of the day if you get out of bed early enough to accomplish something productive in the morning. There are two strategies to deal with this: 1. Stop watching TV at night and go to bed earlier at least two nights a week. 2. Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. You may be surprised to learn that getting more active improves your quality of sleep, so you may find yourself going to bed at the same time, or even later, and waking up at the same time and feeling better than you did before getting out of bed in the mornings.
The more you sit down and work out every minute of your day, the more you’ll realize how much time you waste doing things that aren’t helping you achieve your ‘fit after 40’ fitness objectives. Make a conscious effort to schedule time for physical activity and working toward your fitness goals. Everybody has an excuse for not doing something they know they must do, but once they really do it, they find they don’t have to do anything else because they’re merely dumping items that weren’t accomplishing anything anyhow.
Fit in something new to your daily routine — this is a bit of a cheat, but it’s all about finding ways to tweak your routine in order to make progress toward your health and fitness goals.
Try these out:
Rather than taking the elevator, use the steps.
Rather than driving all the way to your destination, park a little further away and walk the remainder.
Instead of snacking on junk food, opt for some fruit or almonds.
Improve your posture by sitting up straighter in your chair and engaging and relaxing your abdominal muscles. This will help you feel better and accomplish more throughout the day.
Bring your lunch to work.
You don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods, but you should be mindful of what you’re eating, when you’re eating it, and how much you’re eating instead of eating “on the fly.”
If you work at a desk, take a short walk around the office to get your blood pumping.
Drink more water, not less. I’m not here to tell you what you can and cannot drink; nonetheless, drinking more water throughout the day will counteract the majority of the negative effects of other beverages (unless you are consuming large quantities of something and large amounts of most things will usually cause problems – even too much water can be bad)
For the past 10-20 years, we’ve been so engrossed in our daily routines that we don’t see how simple it is to get fit after 40. We’ve become so absorbed in our daily routines that we don’t realize how simple it is to get fit after 40. To be fit at 40 is no different than when you were fit at 20, 30 or even 10, it’s all about the effort you put in, and it won’t take long before you’re back where you were in your 30s, where you can decide whether to become a health and fitness nut or just keep doing what you were doing when you were 30.
Let this small tidbit help you get started on your own “Health and Fitness after 40” journey!