The initial step in any exercise program is the motivation phase. You may have doubts, fears, even shorts temperedness at this point and decide to talk yourself out of it. Don’t. You’re in it for the long haul and gaining a healthy willpower will help you accomplish your goals. Sure you’ll have days when it all goes wrong, but you can quickly shake those feelings and concentrate on your goals as if nothing is going on.
Preventing those negative thoughts
But success doesn’t happen over night, and you’ll develop a new mentality eventually, so when those negative thoughts resurface they won’t bother you anymore. Before you “fall off the wagon” (and I use that term loosely, there are ways to get back up on it) reduce your risks by cutting out those specific negatively driving activities that you know you’ll eventually come back from. I promise you’ll feel differently when you start exercising again, and it won’t be as “negative” as it was when you weren’t sure if you could do it or not.
It’s all about mindset
Change your mindset. The main tool we use for success and to stay motivated is a change in the mindset. Change your thoughts about your goals and aim towards something else. Maybe it’s a more productive role model or a clearer vision of your life. Whatever it is think about it and keep it in the front of your mind so you’re not in the “lazy phase” much longer.
Get moving. Are you reducing those calories? Walking is the first step. Exercise is critical as you start your program. It starts you off, fires up your metabolism and gets you the new mindset. You don’t have to hit the gym and you don’t have to enroll in a 15 week program (unless that’s what you want.)
Find a walk you enjoy as it’s great exercise after a long day at work. Find a way to fit it in. If you can’t find 15 minutes a day, try balancing it out by taking the stairs or parking further down in the lot. That way you can fit in that workout and still get some exercise. Going to the gym when you work out is proven to increase your health and performance.
Maintain those goals
We can’t be at our prime all the time. We have to rest up and get our body and mind in shape for the season or we quickly fall back into old patterns. We don’t allow ourselves to fall into those bad habits. Here are some points to keep you going:
- Cancer risk is 20% for adults. We can do a lot about the prevention of that to a 20% risk. By simply doing what we should do all the time: Exercising, eating well, getting enough sleep and creating a healthy lifestyle. 20% is better than 0% and we can do a lot to improve it.
- Exercising keeps our heart and lungs strong by challenging our body to keep up with the demands of the modern day life and it can prevent heart disease and diabetes.
- Eating well does the same by keeping our blood cholesterol and triglycerides at a healthy level and it can help us lose weight.
- Getting enough sleep helps repair our bodies and give us a better chance of maintaining muscle and bone density as we grow older.
Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean shunning all pleasures. It doesn’t mean living on only juice or veggies. It means filling your life with healthy activities that give you joy. Healthy activities include anything you enjoy doing (even things you might think you’ll struggle with). It also means adding exercise into your daily routine because researchers have shown that regular exercise can slow the aging process.
It doesn’t matter what your age is when it comes to exercise, or how much you weigh. If you get it right and mix it up with the right diet you can unwind and maintain a healthy lifestyle as you age. As older adults, it’s vital to create a quality life while we still have it.