Staying physically active in your 40’s is not easy. I have some how managed to keep working out though, which is better then a lot of people I have met. I am not bragging or trying to pick on people, instead I am trying to share a few secrets that have worked for me over the years.
On of the biggest benefits, is to have a bit of an ego. A few years back, I took my first desk job. Considering I was already in my late 30’s and my metabolism had slowed drastically from my 20’s ( duh! ) it was not long before I had put on a pound or twenty. But, like most people I didn’t really see it in the mirror. Somehow it had snuck up on me I guess. Or perhaps, I didn’t want to stare at my ugly mug more then I had to.
Anyways, not long after this weight gain the family took a trip. And guess what happens on trips? Yes, lots of bad eating. But, also lot of pictures. 🙁 It became immediately evident that my scale had not been lying all this time. So, I guess I do owe it a bit of an apology, but hey it started it! But, the fact was I was fat. I immediately decided that as soon as this vacation was over, I was going to turn into a workout machine.
Stay With It
I am sure that my situation sounds familiar. Everyone I know has gone through it. One day we wake up and we have become middle aged and soft. And not in the good kind of way. We then get mad at ourselves, claim that “We are not that old!” and plan our workout, starting the next morning.
As you can imagine, upon returning from my vacation I starting working out. It went great for a solid week. By the end of that week though, everything hurt. If you are reading this and you are in your 20’s then you have no idea what I am talking about. Sure you get sore, might even slow down for a day or two. But, I am telling you when you get into your later 30’s and then into your 40’s recovery is a huge part of your workout regime.
Like most of us, I started and I stopped. Only to start and stop again. I couldn’t be more of a cliché. But, gradually the stops became fewer and farther between. So trust me, don’t get down on yourself just keep working and things will get easier.
This is where things get a bit confusing. First, I told you to have an ego and not accept the image that you see in the mirror. But, not I am going to tell you to swallow your ego and get yourself into a race or an event.
I know how intimidating it can be to consider putting yourself out there. The first race I EVER did was a Tough Mudder. Yes I suffered, but damn I am telling you, the sense of accomplishment when you get through one is seriously bordering on spiritual.
For the first few years that I was getting back in shape, I never did it without a goal event. I think I “raced” 13 or 14 races in my first year. Yes I am using the word “race” metaphorically because neither then nor now am I a threat to win any of these events. But, I sure am doing the best I can do every time.
And now, years later I no longer need to keep myself motivated by races. Although I still enjoy them. But, instead my workouts have become a part of me. I feel better after each and every one, in fact I hate taking days off now, which brings it’s own set of problems 🙂
In short, I don’t care how old you are or how out of shape you are now, we all have it in us to turn the corner and become the version of ourselves that we were meant to be. So, what is stopping you?